Success doesn’t happen overnight, and often involves a lot of hard work. Persistence and creating quality content is key to building a successful business. If you want to create an amazing, thriving design biz, it’s totally possible! But there’s a few habits you have to adopt first. I’ve put together a list of 10 habits that can help you become a successful designer.
Understand your Value
Never take on a project that doesn’t pay the amount you are actually worth. There are companies and individuals that try to hire designers for very cheap. Even if you currently have no work, set your minimum and stick to it.
Purchase the font, no matter the price. Purchase the stock image, no matter the price. Purchase the plugin, no matter the price. Never copy logo or theme ideas. Be original!
Identify your Audience
Identify your audience and know who your target market is. (ie, your niche) Create quality content that is tailored to that market.
Develop a schedule that works for you and stick with it. A schedule not only gives you a routine but it also lets your readers know when they can expect new content from you.
Set goals for your business in terms of growth, pageviews, new customers, etc… Then do everything in your power to reach those goals.
Collaborate with other designers. This is such a great way to grow your audience, network with other designers, and make new friends.
Engage your Audience
Stay engaged with your audience by taking the time to reply to their comments on your blog, chat with them on social media, and visit their own blogs.
All great designers know that balance is key. Choose certain office hours to dedicate to your business and stick to them. Spend your down time doing things that you enjoy.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
This is so important! Remember that there will always be someone who has more customers or clients than you. Don’t let this get you down or prevent you from creating your own version of success.
Success doesn’t happen overnight! The key to success is to be persistent. Design often, create quality content, and keep your audience engaged by regularly updating your social media.
Did I miss anything? Feel free to leave your own design habits in the comments below!