6 Reasons a Career in Graphic Design Rocks. From getting paid to be creative to the freedoms of self-employment and passive income, these are the top reasons I love my career!
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6 Reasons a Career in Graphic Design Rocks
If you’ve ever considered a creative career with the ability to work from home, then this post it for you. I’ve teamed up once again with Sessions College for Professional Design to discuss why I love my career so much.
Going back to school for the third time wasn’t a decision I took lightly. When I decide I want to do something, I research it to death to make sure it’s the best choice possible. That research landed me as a Graphic Design student at Sessions.
These are six of the reasons that going back to school was one of the best decisions ever. Getting paid to be creative is the best!
Graphic Design allows you to follow your creative passions
I don’t know about you, but I’m happiest when I’m creating. It’s no wonder studies show that creativity is linked to lower stress, higher well-being, lower depression, and even as a coping method for chronic illnesses. My readers often write to tell me how lettering helps with their various physical and mental health ailments!
While every career path involves elements of stress, I can wholeheartedly say that my job brings me joy. I miss my work when I take too many days off!
A Wide Variety of Career Path Options
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Graphic Design”? I bet you didn’t realize how many different career paths fall under the Graphic Design field umbrella! Below I’ve listed a few of the many options you can consider.
- Logo Design
- Web Design
- Branding Design
- Marketing Design
- Social Media Graphic Design
- Creative Typography
- Art/Creative Director
As a full-time creative blogger, I do elements of nearly all of these paths, but many designers specialize in just one or two niche areas.
Two Words: Self-Employment
Working from my cozy home office in comfy yoga pants? Yes, please!
Graphic Design is one of the best-suited career paths to being self-employed.
According to estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 1 in 5 graphic designers in the U.S. are self-employed.
PayScale.com reports the average salary for graphic designers is in the range of $30k-60k annually. Self-employed designers report incomes from $40k-$126k.
Don’t trust generic stats? Here’s a personal fact: I’ve been making over six-figures as a self-employed creative for three years now!
It’s a flexible and mobile-friendly career.
This is one of the primary reasons I opted to change career paths at age 30 and go to school for graphic design. We move a lot. Every one to three years, my husband’s job has us moving again.
Just a few weeks ago, we moved from Germany to Charleston, SC. I worked on this very article from three different hotels and one transatlantic flight!
Even if you don’t move much, it’s a job in which you can efficiently work from a coffee shop, the beach, an airplane, and so on. If you can take a laptop with you, you can work on the go from pretty much anywhere in the world.
The passive income potential
Of the 6 Reasons a Career in Graphic Design Rocks, passive income is perhaps the most life-changing. During this move, I’ve been working maybe one day a week. Thanks to passive income; I’m still pulling in $10-12k a month!
Here are a few passive income streams:
- Running ads on your blog or website.
- Selling e-products via your own storefront. I sell mine via a custom branded Shopify store. This includes eBooks, online courses, and even selling digital versions of your work (fonts, clip art, templates, etc.).
- Selling e-products via a third party such as Etsy or Creative Market.
- Affiliate income. This is when you promote products you already use and love and get a cut from the company for sharing it with your readers/customers.
Here’s a chart I created to show you a break down of my income from Quarter One of this year. Look how much of it is passive income!
It’s the fun kind of challenging!
I wake up each morning excited to get to work, even on Mondays. Especially on Mondays, in fact! Every day brings a new set of challenges and opportunities in this line of work. I thrive on the freedom to get creative to accomplish my goals and grow my business.
I was 30 years old with three kids under 4 when I went back to school for the third time. It wasn’t the best timing, but I went for it anyway. Design School gave me the foundation I needed to become a creativepreneur, and I’m so thankful I invested in myself and my future.
Dawn Nicole Designs + Sessions College for Professional Design
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Additional articles I’ve written on going to Design School that may interest you:
- 5 Ways Graphic Design School Changed my Life
- Studying Design Online: FAQs
- True Confessions of an Accidental Entrepreneur
I hope you enjoyed this post on 6 Reasons a Career in Graphic Design Rocks. If you have any more questions for me regarding design school or running a creative business, please feel free to leave them in the comments below this post, and I’ll be more than happy to address them!