How to be a successful freelance graphic designer

Interview with Sam Palmer, PeoplePerHour Academy Graduate

How do you become a successful graphic designer? We caught up with PeoplePerHour Academy graduate, Sam to discuss everything from the future of graphic design to why there’s nothing better than a bowl of pasta.

If I had to explain what I do to a 5 year-old, I’d say…

I tell my daughter that I make things look pretty. My dad used to always ask me “did you do lots of colouring in today?”.

From a young age my dream was to study at Central St Martins in London…

So that was the only place I applied to study Graphic Design. If I got in I was going to university and if I didn’t I was going to get a design placement and start working my way up. Thankfully I got in!

The future of graphic design is digital.

I still love a pen and paper though, I don’t think I’ll ever give that up.

I decided to go freelance because…

As a Mum, the juggle can be hard so freelancing is the best option to work when my daughter doesn’t need me. I love that I can drop her at school and pick her up. I choose the hours that I can work and it’s a much better life/work balance.

My piece of advice for anyone considering going freelance would be…

Do it! It’s scary at first so always line up some work or get a regular client and build up from there. You have to keep going and be persistent. It’s like buses, the wait can be long but then it all seems to come at once.

If I wasn’t a Graphic Designer…

It was always between being a textile designer or a graphic designer. I only ever wanted to be in the art and design world.

My favourite app is Instagram.

I seem to always be on it as my personal account (@sampalmerdesigns), my brand (@lubelulondon) and my club (@thebrushletteringclub). I love how inspiring it is and you can always find ideas or new brands/products. In regards to being a small business on Instagram, there is also a lovely community around supporting small businesses. I’ve met a lot of great people.

My last meal would be…

There’s nothing like a big bowl of pasta with the proper Italian tomato sauce and of course loads of parmesan cheese. Simple but delicious!

I had a funny career moment whilst freelancing at a company that had a resident pug dog.

When I used to sit at my desk, the dog would unknowingly go under the desk and jump up and push me back in my chair on wheels. This was a regular occurrence!

My mantra is to dream big and go for it.

What’s the worst that could happen? At least you tried.

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Declan is the Brand Manager at PeoplePerHour. His role involves working closely with the rest of our marketing team to introduce more businesses and freelancers around the world to the PeoplePerHour way of working. When not in the office, he spends his days watching Manchester United (much to his despair).
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Abdullah Al Mamun
Abdullah Al Mamun

Good interview. Very inspiring.

Usman Hayat
Usman Hayat

Such inspirational interviews are very encouraging, especially for new freelancers.
That waiting for the bus analogy is actually what I just went through. Nothing for 2 weeks and then got a few accepted.
This is just how it is and if I’ve learnt one thing in freelancing, it is to never, never give up. Look at your competition and create a unique profile.
The question we freelancers need to have an answer for is “why should this buyer hire ME?”
Good luck to all!

abdullah akash
abdullah akash

i am inspire of your interview

Serhii S
Serhii S

“My mantra is to dream big and go for it.”

Your mantra adds inspiration for us.

Your ideas are very helpful for me and other freelancers.

I wish you well in all of your endeavors.

Kindest regards
Serhii S
Ukraine
Wordpress / PHP
Developer

Israel A
Israel A

I’ve been stagnant for many decades working in the corporate environment until I gave up and managed to get out but without a sense of direction until I was finally able to find another flow that I could breathe and discover another me. It’s only in freelancing.

Paul Piriampillai
Paul Piriampillai

Congratulations to you Sam!

Sayeed Rahman
Sayeed Rahman

It’s one of amazing sentences ever I heard & read “It’s like buses, the wait can be long but then it all seems to come at once.”

Best of luck.

Oh! I forget it all to say ‘I started to follow you one Instagram as follower not snatcher.😊

Feliks Chilingaryan
Feliks Chilingaryan

Interesting and Inspiring 🙂
Thanks

Achsah Sarah
Achsah Sarah

Very Nice and Informative Article.

Shyam patel
Shyam patel

Thank u sir for suggestions

Fahim
Fahim

Good interview. I am apreciated.

Belal
Belal

Great interview

zaheer balti
zaheer balti

amazing, I like it, and its inspiring

saeed khan
saeed khan

Three i……Interesting, Informative, & inspiration.

Patrick Edmund
Patrick Edmund

Thank you, I am inspired by your mantra. We all have the opportunity to try. It doesn’t matter if we fail or not

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