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Somewhere along the way these designers almost always find themselves doing the odd ‘little project’ on the side for friends and family, and this can often head to a situation where they might think about freelancing for the first time as an alternative to being employed.

The benefits of becoming a freelance graphic designer are easy to see. Not only do you get to choose your own working hours and your own clients, but you also have the opportunity to earn far more than you might do as an employee, if you are prepared to put in the hours. In fact our freelancer take home pay calculator shows you how much you can expect to take home as a freelancer.

But leaving the employed world can be a daunting prospect and so many graphic designers opt to try freelancing as a sideliner in the short term and then move into full time freelancing further down the line when they are sure of the business opportunity. If you’re doing this or thinking of doing this, it’s probably a good idea to have a chat with an accountant as there may be tax implications you should consider and maybe also allowances you aren’t taking advantage of.

If you do make the move to becoming a freelance graphic designer you might find yourself working directly for a number of different clients or companies. These could vary from a design or marketing agency, which may need additional capacity or specialist skills from time to time, to a small company that need some marketing collateral designed. You may find our guide on finding work as a freelance graphic designer helpful.

Having made the decision to give it a go, whether full or part time, and whether to set up as a sole trader or limited company, you’re going to need a wide range of tax and accountancy advice and support in the early days when setting up as a freelancer.

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