$500 Debt & Graphic Designer - HELP

by Xarcz
21 replies
Hello!

I am currently $500 in debt, which may not sound like much, but I don't have a job and it is very important that I pay this as soon as possible.

I don't have a specific date I need this by, but the sooner the better.

I am very experienced in pretty much every aspect of graphic design.

I would appreciate if anybody may suggest a plan to generate around $500 as soon as possible, utilizing my skills. A plan, such as what websites you recommend I should sell on, or any other information.

Thanks in advance!
-Eric
#designer #graphic #suggestions
  • Profile picture of the author sega001
    You're gonna have to mainly focus on being proactive on getting clients for your graphic designing services. You cannot advertise since you do not have the money for ad-spend. There is no real plan to have figured out. Just get going. Start calling businesses on the phone (Yes, on the phone). Start knocking on doors of businesses. Start cold emailing businesses on Craigslist. Be resourceful and use what you got to make you money. Start offering simple services on Fiverr, so you can increase your level and eventually start selling higher packages. Just get moving and figure everything out as you go.
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    • Profile picture of the author edlewis
      First off...I sent you a PM. Take a look at it and get back to me - if you want.

      If you have design skills, you can find work. Especially if you have top-notch skills. Some of the work may be a little on the 'cheap'...but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to pay the bills.

      If you don't have a portfolio somewhere, you need to get one. It's going to be hard to get much work without one. I looked at your Fiverr link in your sig, but it was hard to get a feel for your work. Not many examples...to look at.

      You can find work here in the WF in the Warriors For Hire section - Warriors For Hire

      I don't know how busy it is in there these days, but you may be able to stir up some business posting there.

      Post on Craigslist...and look around CL under the "Gigs" section.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    One of the best ways to get started, no matter where you sell, is to give away some free designs in exchange for honest reviews.

    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author Freebiequeen1999
    Making $4 per gig or giving away stuff will be too slow

    working cl - calling, emailing putting up your own ad/s and answering ads can work

    You should also contact wholesale printers, printers and see if they have some work for you , or will pay you a commission - get a good deal on the price of flyers, biz cards - then call biz and offer a flyer deal - design and print (or biz card,door hanger, brochures, etc)

    you could try for new biz and design the "whole" enchillada for them - offline, online graphics etc

    this will be a lot more profitable than scrambling for $4 gigs - plus printer will pay you commission
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  • Profile picture of the author GamerZag
    What sort of skills do you have specifically? Any examples you can list?

    Send these to me in a PM. I'm always looking to hire talent for tiny projects!
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    • Profile picture of the author Zodiax
      What is preventing you from getting a job.

      If the bills MUST be paid, than you should force yourself to be practical.

      Get a job.
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      • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
        Originally Posted by Zodiax View Post

        What is preventing you from getting a job.

        If the bills MUST be paid, than you should force yourself to be practical.

        Get a job.
        Are you trying to be practical, logical and use common sense? You "may" be in the wrong place

        But then again maybe employers have stopped hiring
        people who are ... "experienced in pretty much every aspect of graphic design".
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  • Do you have a portfolio to point people too? It's going to be kind of hard getting gigs without a showcase.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Feast
    Hi Xarcz, I would advertise your skills on fiverr.com & also Freelance.com offering your services, you will get your money back plus much more. You have to think that your $500 debt was a investment not a loss.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Fool
    Do work on 99Designs.com

    Or Fiverr...
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  • Get on every outsourcing site and go at it!
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  • Profile picture of the author SandraGenJobs
    Build a portfolio on all of the freelance platforms like Elance or Upwork, Freelancer and 99designs.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymagneto
    Out of your 24 hours, spend 20 of those hours on Craigslist and e-mail every job you can find. Second option is to PAWN whatever you can get a hold of. Good Luck, I know how you feel. Been there.
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  • Profile picture of the author OzDesign
    To start fast, you can offer some free designs here and get some testimonials and then you can either offer your service here or places like Fiverr.

    It's probably quicker to start here if you really need to generate $500+ asap. For places like Fiverr you'll still need to get some buyers first, but here once you get some testimonials you can offer your service right away. And the funds can go to you quicker too.
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  • Your location is in CT? Go to local temp agencies if you can. Are you a close commute to NYC? Go to temp agencies there too.
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  • Profile picture of the author rohit36
    you have graphics designing skill, that pushes you ahead of many people already.

    you can do lots of thing with your graphics: create graphics and sell it on Warrior Forum as WSO, or Warrior for hire, Fiverr, 99 designs or find IMers who might need graphics for their product launches...

    Go and post in Facebook groups / Skype group that you will give discount to first 5 clients and will create graphics for their products/launches.

    but remembers you need to go out and reach out to people yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author megamind22
      Originally Posted by rohit36 View Post

      you have graphics designing skill, that pushes you ahead of many people already.

      you can do lots of thing with your graphics: create graphics and sell it on Warrior Forum as WSO, or Warrior for hire, Fiverr, 99 designs or find IMers who might need graphics for their product launches...

      Go and post in Facebook groups / Skype group that you will give discount to first 5 clients and will create graphics for their products/launches.

      but remembers you need to go out and reach out to people yourself.
      Well said rohit36 I couldn't have said it better. He has the skills and knowledge in graphic design so what he can do is build a portfolio in places like fiverr, 99 designs like you rightfully said.

      Take fiverr for example. I know people that are making 4 figures a month just selling their services on fiverr. If they can you can too. All you have to do is take action.

      Remember happens until you make it happen for you.

      Good luck my friend.
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  • Profile picture of the author sadecent
    My advice to you is to do project on 99 designs . As you said you are a pro designer so you can get rid of your debt even in a single project + make a good amount of profit.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
    you do it because designers can benefit from this thread including me. What is wrong with that? hes not the only designer in the world. sheeesh
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Originally Posted by megamind22 View Post

    Well said rohit36 I couldn't have said it better. He has the skills and knowledge in graphic design so what he can do is build a portfolio in places like fiverr, 99 designs like you rightfully said.

    Take fiverr for example. I know people that are making 4 figures a month just selling their services on fiverr. If they can you can too. All you have to do is take action.

    Remember happens until you make it happen for you.

    Good luck my friend.
    Originally Posted by sadecent View Post

    My advice to you is to do project on 99 designs . As you said you are a pro designer so you can get rid of your debt even in a single project + make a good amount of profit.

    Good luck
    Originally Posted by Claire Koch View Post

    you do it because designers can benefit from this thread including me. What is wrong with that? hes not the only designer in the world. sheeesh
    Originally Posted by Esg Social View Post

    You can try finding work on freelancer.com or upwork.com.
    These are great sources to get consistent work. Meanwhile you must display your graphic designing skills on correct platforms like behance.com.

    From strategic point of view, make your own blog or website to commercially sell your creatives. See for example
    You people do realize that this thread is over a year old and the OP's debt is probably paid, forgotten, or increased to a unmanageable sum

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