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October 28, 2010

The cost of doing business for a Graphic Designer

I'm sure you've heard the saying, "It takes money to make money". And, unfortunately, it really is true. This is what is called "The Cost of Doing Business". You obviously don't want to overspend here, but you also don't want to cheat yourself out of business by being too cheap. Please let me explain.

There are always costs associated with earning money. Even if you are just a busboy in a restaurant, like I was when I was eighteen, you need to spend some money. It sounds silly, but you need clothes, you need shoes, you need to get there, whether on a bus, or a bike, or a car. It costs you money. Hopefully, you will make more money than you spend.

As a Graphic Designer, you need a computer. The best you can afford, preferably a Mac. You also need to pay for an internet connection, a cell phone, and various other things, like business cards. If you have a business, like mine, you can deduct these expenses from your taxes, but, well, you still have to pay for them. If your car breaks down on the day of an important client meeting, you take a cab. Sure, it may cost you thirty bucks, but that is part of the cost of doing business.

If you are just starting out as a Graphic Designer, you may be overwhelmed by all the costs. Maybe someone has recommended that you advertise in a local magazine and you were shocked by how expensive magazine ads were. There are just about million things that you can do to promote your business, and they all cost money. Choose wisely.

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