How Do Graphic Designers Make Money?

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  • February 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm
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    Informative video. Thanks Roberto.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm
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    Thanks Roberto, need that.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 7:37 pm
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    For someone who's been in the business for quite a few years, I can only agree. I live in Nairobi Kenya where I run my design and photography studio and for a long time I complained about the industry until it finally dawned on me that I had to wear a businessman hat as often and as well as I did the creative one. It's not enough that your work is great, you must sell it and to the right audience. Great Graphic Design work is costly – ask ad agencies. If you can afford your own services then you're selling yourself short.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm
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    thanks

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  • February 8, 2016 at 7:49 pm
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    Great video! I usually try to compare my profession to being an auto mechanic. The car is the problem/project and we provide the solution. That helps when I'm asked for mock-ups and when I explain pricing.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 7:49 pm
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    thanks your videos are very informative

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  • February 8, 2016 at 7:52 pm
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    Great video. Sites like Fiverr should not discourage anyone from pursuing graphic design as a career. They serve a completely different market. It would be like a Nissan dealership worrying about the guy who's selling an '89 Sentra in the classifieds. The person buying that car never had any intentions of going into a dealership and buying a new car. I view Fiverr the same way – people who aren't looking to spend more than $5 on their logo were never going to be my client in the first place, so I don't have a problem with them finding a more appropriate solution for their situation. There's still plenty of people who buy new cars, and there's still plenty of people who recognize the value in quality design work, and know that it costs more than $5.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm
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    The way I'm seeing it now is: there are more businesses in the world than there are designers, which means there is plenty of work.

    I just put up my new website (with mobile coming today) and my new business cards are arriving, so I'm marketing and positioning myself to be able to reach the best possible clients and at the right prices.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 8:42 pm
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    artists can also market themselves…have you heard of the Art Biz Coach (Alyson B. Stanfield)?

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  • February 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm
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    but also there is a huge difference between a creative thinker and a photoshop hack…there are so many people who just learn photoshop and call themselves a designer. there is a difference…

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  • February 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm
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    There is one issue when yo`re stuck in between amateur who`s asking for the first payed gig and proven professional. This is the "gray" area where I am now and how I like to call it. I know I want to be successful grap-designer, I am aware of my improved skills and I did get some income for one year experience. However, there is this gap, I think, when you need to step into professional world or am I wrong? Great tutorials, great job you do! Regards!

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  • February 8, 2016 at 9:08 pm
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    I got that free e-book of yours, and this is probably low on your priority list but I just wanted to say one thing about it: I just wish there were more examples, that Would make it much easier to understand and actually put it out there ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • February 8, 2016 at 9:19 pm
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    Some graphic designers agree to unreasonable offers just because they want their client to stick with them. But, if you believe that's not a budget that you can work with don't be afraid to say no to them. If they want you to deliver top results, you also need necessary resources and time to make it work.

    If they are trying to pull your price down to an unreasonable amount, be polite โ€“ say no and just walk away. In the first place, if they don't value you enough, you don't want to work with them at all.

    Great video Roberto!

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  • February 8, 2016 at 9:22 pm
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    Was just having a conversation with a friend this week about my confidence and me worrying about losing clients for raising prices. Hard to go from "family and friends" pricing to "professional" pricing. This was pretty dope man. Appreciate it.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm
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    I compete in contest on 99designs, I competed in a lot of contest, when you work so hard and you don't win, I get a little upset but when I don't win I get right back up and work harder, I mostly work on sports bar logos and restaurants.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm
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    Most graphic designer like one main ingredient. CONFIDENCE. They lack confidence to acknowledge that they are worth more than 5 dollars. No way in hell should a burger flipper generate more money than a skilled a craftsman like a graphic designer or an artist. Especially a freelance graphic designer where you have to pay your overhead fees or you die.

    Even just starting out you should get paid enough to help you live off of one month atleast. I see this all the time looking at sites like fiverr or 99designs and even peopleperhour. All of these really talented and skill-ful people begging for 10 bucks. They're are people/businesses out there who will see value in your work and will offer how ever much you need to make whatever they want. You just need to position to be seen. Hell I'm an artist and I do some graphic design and Roberto has helped me out tremendously. So thanks for making this video you're one of the few graphic designers who are unapologetically telling it like it is. The world needs to know the creative field is a pivotal part of society and it should be as valued as much as a doctor or a lawyer not a burger flipper.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 10:21 pm
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    question roberto, I see that you use your own name for your designing business, these days in the gaming community they're plenty designers if you have not already seen we design stuff like this (personal portfolio: https://bapedzn.carbonmade.com/) and I was wondering, since they're so many dope and cool names out their to choose from like "Serp6nt" "BullDzn" "Wo1fs" Wolfee" "Behr" "Swerve" and etc., without stealing these guys' names, what do you recommend I choose from instead of using something cliche like BapeDzn or just using my name, none offended you have a nice name, keep making content I watch it everyday to help myself create ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • February 8, 2016 at 10:35 pm
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    the hardest part for me is the money part… my husband has helped me a lot in this area, but I struggle with it.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 10:43 pm
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    perfect timing of video, much needed video for me. thank you sir.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 10:53 pm
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    Great video Roberto.

    Can you suggest a book on Sales and Marketing?

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  • February 8, 2016 at 10:55 pm
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    I was actually just thinking about this last night on my drive home from a super bowl party. So many people fail to understand that design is all around us.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 11:26 pm
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    Hey Roberto, I'm Regina and currently a freshmen in a vocational highschool learning graphic designing. I have a concern about continuing my classes of graphic designing. I'm planning on moving to Georgia next year and the high schools over their don't really have graphic design, instead they have performing arts. So what should I do? I was thinking of just taking my regular academic classes while attending a university of art. Dual enrollment that way I don't stay behind in my ideal career. Or should I just wait till I finish highschool and worry about the classes for designing once I start college/university after high school?

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  • February 9, 2016 at 12:02 am
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    Nice video Roberto. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Do you have any tips for where and how someone can became a graphic designer?

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  • February 9, 2016 at 12:34 am
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    Book yourself solid ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
    Going to get that.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 1:06 am
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    I don't think, starting out at least, you can really make much money doing any one thing. For example, I'm setting myself up to offer services, products AND (eventually) working at a shop or studio. The shop or studio will help me pay the bills until my products and services catch on enough to support me. Look at Roberto. He doesn't just design. He also teaches, and provides both a service and product at the same time. This stuff is tricky, and takes time to develop, but the longest journeys sometimes reap the highest rewards.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 1:49 am
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    such a great video.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 3:01 am
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    Really great to listen these videos while working or browsing.

    Things you said in the video also applies to the music making industry.

    I really do not recommend to make a corear at fiverr or other such services. I do not mean that Fiverr shouldn't excist, but making high quality work for 5$ is not worth it.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 3:42 am
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    ooh that real talk in this one. very like <3 art vs. design

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  • February 9, 2016 at 3:50 am
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    artistic skill is what makes design work unique…thanks for all the tips roberto…

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  • February 9, 2016 at 7:59 am
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    Great video Rob!
    You have to perceive yourself as being design consultant as well as niche down and focus on one field that you want to get into.
    This allows you to get bigger clients and charge a higher rate.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 11:35 am
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    How does one decide the right price to charge for design work?

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  • February 9, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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    Love your take on this! many people view graphic design under the category of Art, yet no one knows how much science and psychology in involved. Even I didn't know until I started studying graphic design.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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    Excellent information as always, Roberto. Thanks so much. I'd love to learn more about your process for getting contracts with larger advertising/marketing firms and studios.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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    what would you think of doing a draw my life? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  • February 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm
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    Roberto I'm wanting to become a graphic designer mainly in logo design but i would like to know how i can just learn the basic of logo design. I have all the adobe Products such as photoshop and illustrator. I would just like some good help as i know your a good graphic designer I know i still have a lot to learn as im still only 15

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  • February 10, 2016 at 3:58 am
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    Positioning is so important… Thanks for the reminder. Just started following you on YouTube… Awesome.

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  • February 10, 2016 at 4:26 am
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    Great video man

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  • February 10, 2016 at 7:05 am
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    thank you, great advice!

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  • February 10, 2016 at 11:41 am
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    I got that book its so inspiring I got volume's 1, 2, and 3. These day's business skills are important.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 4:36 am
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    Loving these vids man!

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  • February 12, 2016 at 2:51 am
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    YOU ARE AWSOME U ARE helping me soo much at what i want to do

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  • February 12, 2016 at 2:52 am
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    I want to create my own , art and my desgins out to the public with clothes

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  • February 12, 2016 at 5:50 pm
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    my problem is the opposite……people constantly try to take advantage of me such as a company calls me or sends me text and asking me : "Look at my website xyz and tell me what you'd improve on my website" TWICE already I've given my advice for FREE because these "clients" told me "tell me how to improve my website and I'd hire you" well guess what? They just used my consultation and went and had their nephew or cousin do the changes to the website/logo. If I were to walk into hair salon and ask one of their stylist… "what haircut would work for me?" – They'd tell me "how about you schedule an appointment with this hairstylist and she will tell you everything on your appointment" Note that I'd have to PAY for that appointment since I'll be taking TIME of a hair stylist answering my questions and suggesting how to improve my image. Now why the heck these "clients" think they can just call me or email me, give me lots of promises so I'd open up to them and tell them how to improve their business image for free? My question is for you Roberto, how do you deal with free consultation and what do you tell to people / "potential clients" when they ask you to evaluate their website/logo/brochure/poster etc? I don't want people to take advantage of me anymore. Thanks

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  • February 13, 2016 at 6:03 am
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    I'd suggest every graphic designer to watch this video at some point, Roberto is 100% correct about not going for the client that will cheap out on you.

    Making money as a graphic designer is no different from making money as any other professional. A key point to being able to earn a living is developing a strong personal network that can refer you regular business. Its going to be hard, and its going to take a lot longer than you would like, but this is the case for ANY business that performs a service for others. Starting a consulting business, or accounting firm, or legal firm, or anything where the majority of your money comes from other people needing your services means learning to price yourself so that you can continue to keep your business alive. That is going to mean you have to try harder at finding the right clients that are willing to pay you the money you deserve. There are plenty of businesses with less than excellent products/services that still succeed because they market themselves better. If that makes you mad then DO THE SAME. Learn how to sell your stuff better! No one will go out of their way to do that for you.

    Thanks for the video Roberto, you're sharing an important message to all the young professionals out there.

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  • February 20, 2016 at 8:44 am
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    your the coolest smartest lol

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  • February 20, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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    Thank you so much Roberto, everytime I watch your videos I learn more and more. After I'm done with this freelance gig I'll carefully list and think about what I should charge my clients before accepting anymore work. This will only be my second gig but after watching these Graphic design videos I've learned that I under charged myself with the "hourly rate" route. lol Once again Roberto thanks ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

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  • February 21, 2016 at 1:19 am
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    Ah yes, so very on point! Thank you for saying all of that!

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  • February 25, 2016 at 7:41 am
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    Tnx for the ideas,this is the second video i watched on your channel.And guess what? you won the lottery.Subscribed. Well just having fun,but your videos and topics are really great,simple and touching to some important points the people can have struggle with.Keep them coming.

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  • March 1, 2016 at 8:43 pm
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    With all these templates being made this industry will soon be flooded

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  • March 9, 2016 at 12:24 am
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    create something awesome today (y)

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  • March 11, 2016 at 1:13 am
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    3:53 You video was doing good until you said "unloading things from a moving truck" LOL.ย  If the truck is going 70MPH on the expressway, I would hope I would get paid more for risking my life.ย  Another flaw with your reasoning, its a different thing to say I am worth this much as a graphic designer as opposed to a bagger that his or her rate has already BEEN determined.ย  In other words, a person would not contact a grocery store and say, "I am worth $15 bucks an hour."ย  An employee and working for yourself are two different things.

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  • April 5, 2016 at 12:49 am
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    ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ My family can't tell me not now ๐Ÿ˜

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  • April 26, 2016 at 5:50 pm
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    What books word you recommend to learn more about marketing and business.

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  • May 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm
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    im soon about to get my certificate in digital art and animation, however I am more of a illustrator in training than a proficient animator, I'm also under pressure to try to get a job in the field as soon as I get my certificate. in terms of marketing myself, I have applied to a few graphic design firms and in the process of making a portfolio. my professors feel that I should use some of my personal work in my portfolio, would you recommend doing that or make a portfolio based on the market I should pursue?

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  • May 10, 2016 at 7:59 pm
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    roberto blake i m a big fan of you and i am a graphic designer tooo as in honestly i like and i love graphic designing mean while i even do it but i really want you to tell me how can make strong my designing skills and how ti earn money from the companies around us

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  • May 12, 2016 at 8:54 pm
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    I have been there :'( i left my dream because of too much discouragement of my parents and relatives , after 5 years of struggle in IT i finally find myself in this situation to come back to Graphics Designing , and good thing is that i have a good PC which i didnt had back then , and alot of content from you and various people , im so glad that fate has brought me back which i was destined to , and my journey has started , if you can give me some detail tips like how to climb up step by step , i got photoshop and practicing on it and would like to know where to go from here , i do need to create portfolio, can you tell me what should a portfolio should have when it comes to newbie like me?
    and my biggest question is WHATS NEXT?! , too many things out there i wanna start and im overwhelmed

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  • May 24, 2016 at 9:52 am
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    Awesome video it opened my thinking.

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  • July 9, 2016 at 7:21 am
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    im 17
    it is very hard for me to find a job and i don't want to be like anyone else.. i want to design but i am scared that i am not going to be able to make it in the world as a artist. please help me. i need to know the was to sell me art.

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  • July 26, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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    As far as graphic design for YouTube. Could you make money off of graphic design as a hobby if you do graphic designs for YouTube Channels where they pay you money or advertise your channel so you can eventually make money off of YouTube?

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  • August 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm
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    Awesome video, I'm currently getting my bachelors in graphic design and have been learning a lot from your videos!

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  • September 9, 2016 at 2:54 am
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    The problem is that Graphic Design is a service not a PRODUCT! So basically when you get a job for designing a thing or a product, your boss will not pay very much! THATS THE REALITY in graphic design!! If you are single and you have extra time to be creative, then Graphic Design is a good option!

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  • September 10, 2016 at 8:38 pm
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    I know a bunch of "artists" who position themselves at the top but deliver MEDIOCRE work. haha! What a disgrace.

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  • November 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm
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    Hey man. VERY inspirational video. Thank you. I'm considering a career in design and I feel like your advice may have just saved me from a few years of aggravation, countless wasted hours and a Lot of lost money. Thank you for taking thew time to make this video. I'm actually going to sub from my main channel. Thanks again.

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  • November 10, 2016 at 9:10 pm
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    Great advise ! Thanks for the insight!

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  • December 13, 2016 at 3:04 pm
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    can graphic designer can make good money by uploading our work on shutterstock, 123rf,etc…

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  • December 20, 2016 at 7:59 am
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    I am stuck in fiverr. It is so easy to set up a gig. I need help creating a website where I can charge more than $5. I have tried wix, wordpress, and other platforms. None of these seem to have an option where I can sell my services and provide a download. I have seen people charging $25 on their websites for what I am doing for $5 on fiverr!ย I need help getting out of this hole and forming my own identity through my own website/store. Thanks.

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  • February 19, 2017 at 4:08 am
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    I am a painter and designer of everything 2D or 3D failed at these sites and I think she is a waste of time

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  • February 22, 2017 at 1:34 am
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    going through an issue where i spent nearly 6 months working for a guy motion graphics who at the end tells me what ? i didnt know you wanted me to pay you…guess i was a fool for being soo humble at start, thought that reaching for his pocket after saying hello was not the best impression, i asked at the end where all was polished and showing value.

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  • March 10, 2017 at 12:51 am
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    what do you think is a good starting price to charge clients per hour is

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  • April 11, 2017 at 4:04 am
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    Hey Roberto, I have a wife and two kids and I'm a Full TIme Graphic Designer. at a small Fashion Company. My Father is a business man who make good money; however, he never took me seriously because of my professions and obviously because he think this profession will cannot feed family of four and buy a house and a car. Right now I'm still persevering. And I'm trying my best to one day prove him wrong with my professions in the future. I might not make millions (unless I own a successful company or agency) but I want to let everyone know I can become a huge success. What are you take on that?

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  • April 26, 2017 at 8:11 am
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    how much do you charge for a typical graphic design job?

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  • April 28, 2017 at 10:06 pm
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    Thanks for the inspiration

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  • April 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm
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    When I'm 18 I plan to go to UK college to get a HND (High National Degree) in graphic design. Do you think this will allow me to get a good job within the industry?

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  • July 21, 2017 at 12:17 am
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    Have you ever personally used or sold services on fiverr?

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