Want to spread your design work, but don't know where to start? As a graphic designer just starting out, it can be tough to know where to begin with sharing your work online! There are many widely known portfolio and business platforms such as Behance, Dribbble, & LinkedIn - but there are others as well which I have found much more beneficial in growing my business in 2019. I've been working as a freelance graphic designer for two years and have just found some of these tools within the last six months as I've taken my business full-time. Here are 5 creative ways to spread your work as a designer online!
Creative Market allows you to set up your own store and sell everything from your own custom designed fonts to annual report design templates! You can click here to see my store to get ideas!
You can signup with RedBubble to set up your own Merch Store, like this. Here, they allow you to sell your own custom designed products such as t-shirts, stickers, journals, mugs, etc. and they do the rest - they print, package, and ship so all you have to do is focus on creating the designs!
Instagram is a great way to stay up to date with design trends, get inspired, and join in community with other graphic designers. You can easily create an instagram profile to display your work - for free - and it's a great way to connect with new clients as well! Here's an example of how I've used instagram to create a digital portfolio.
I used to think Pinterest was just for planning out your house decor and meal prepping - but I've found Pinterest is the BEST tool to get people to your website - the lifespan of a post on Pinterest is significantly longer than the lifespan of a Facebook or Instagram Post - helping your post get shared across time within your niche. It doesn't have to be complicated, simply take your instagram posts and designs and share them straight to Pinterest, like this!
Upwork has so far been the #1 way for me to connect with new clients! They provide a platform for people seeking designers to connect with freelancers all over the world! You can apply to jobs as soon as they're posted and build your profile including a short bio of yourself, your portfolio, client reviews, and more! You can see an example, here. It's been a great way to make connections and attract my ideal clients!
While there are many online platforms that can be helpful in spreading your work and getting connected in the design community, these are the 5 that I have found most helpful to me while starting out as a full-time graphic designer! Have other platforms you've found helpful? I'd love to hear from you!
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