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
18 Feb 2020

Good interview. Very inspiring.

Usman Hayat
Usman Hayat
18 Feb 2020

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
18 Feb 2020

i am inspire of your interview

Serhii S
Serhii S
18 Feb 2020

“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
18 Feb 2020

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
18 Feb 2020

Congratulations to you Sam!

Sayeed Rahman
Sayeed Rahman
18 Feb 2020

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
18 Feb 2020

Interesting and Inspiring 🙂
Thanks

Achsah Sarah
Achsah Sarah
19 Feb 2020

Very Nice and Informative Article.

Shyam patel
Shyam patel
20 Feb 2020

Thank u sir for suggestions

Fahim
Fahim
20 Feb 2020

Good interview. I am apreciated.

Belal
Belal
20 Feb 2020

Great interview

zaheer balti
zaheer balti
20 Feb 2020

amazing, I like it, and its inspiring

saeed khan
saeed khan
21 Feb 2020

Three i……Interesting, Informative, & inspiration.

Patrick Edmund
Patrick Edmund
21 Feb 2020

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

Deshsewak Kuldeep Bhagat
Deshsewak Kuldeep Bhagat
Reply to  Patrick Edmund
24 Feb 2020

Excellent story,really a inspiring story

Malik Ahsan
Malik Ahsan
21 Feb 2020

Inspiring and boost up more .

Subhankar Dey
Subhankar Dey
22 Feb 2020

My dream is think bigger do bigger

Monjur
Monjur
22 Feb 2020

My mantra is to struggle, struggle, struggle, then grasp the success.

Shaik Shakeel Ahmed
Shaik Shakeel Ahmed
24 Feb 2020

Congratulations to you sam

Shaik Shakeel Ahmed
Shaik Shakeel Ahmed
Reply to  Shaik Shakeel Ahmed
28 Feb 2020

Thank you sam

Mohima akter
Mohima akter
26 Feb 2020

Good interview and i am inspire of your interview

Md Jobayer Hossain
Md Jobayer Hossain
26 Feb 2020

Good interview. Very inspiring

Edson Camacho
Edson Camacho
27 Feb 2020

awsome read.

Amit
Amit
29 Feb 2020

Hope you will open PeoplePerHour Academy in All country.

Rasel Ahmod
Rasel Ahmod
03 Mar 2020

”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.” that gives me energy!

lovepreet
lovepreet
03 Mar 2020

nice

Razan
Razan
05 Mar 2020

I inspire to you….
Thank you so mach Sam

Fernando
Fernando
07 Mar 2020

Excelente…
Muchas Gracias por tu Experiencias Vividas…

G.K.GUPTA
G.K.GUPTA
09 Mar 2020

I LIKE VERY MUCH AND INSPIRE IT ME THANK YOU

Khurram Kazmi
Khurram Kazmi
09 Mar 2020

Thanks Sam, your interview is like a life saving drug for many who lose trust in freelancing.

shayan
shayan
09 Mar 2020

i am inspire of your interview

Müslüm Türkoğlu
Müslüm Türkoğlu
09 Mar 2020

It all starts with a dream. Greetings to people who are in love with art

Rita Wymers
Rita Wymers
10 Mar 2020

Great testimony Sam,and very inspiring

Prodip Kumar Mondal
Prodip Kumar Mondal
12 Mar 2020

It’s a very great interview for inspiration. As a graphic designer, it’s inspired me to develop my skills. I hope you’ll share again such an interview.

Dinesh Kumar
Dinesh Kumar
12 Mar 2020

Congratulations to you Sam!

Good interview.

Regards
Dinesh
https://pomento.in/itservices

Rajesh
Rajesh
12 Mar 2020

It’s inspiring
Thank you

Md.Ibrahim hossain
Md.Ibrahim hossain
13 Mar 2020

Wow I am very inspire see your interview…. Really I am very worming feel..god Bless you sam

imran
imran
14 Mar 2020

very inspiring interview in my whole life

Niduranga
Niduranga
16 Mar 2020

Good interview. I am apreciated.

Mario
Mario
17 Mar 2020

Totalmente de acuerdo con Usman, muy inspiradora. gracias por compartir y darnos piso firme para abatir nuestras alas.

ifra fatima
ifra fatima
17 Mar 2020

I’m a new freelancer and your interview is inspired me a lot.

Amzad hossen
Amzad hossen
24 Mar 2020

good and informative post

Sunita
Sunita
01 Apr 2020

it’s a great opportunity

Mjsavanur
Mjsavanur
Reply to  Sunita
12 Jun 2020

Good experience

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