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Discussion in 'Starting a Business' started by graphic designer, Sep 29, 2013.
what would be a good example of a graphic designer business plan ?
Graphic designing as a career is steadily growing. Having a good work space is very essential. It can be from your home, but it must be a studio in which you will work and store your finished pieces and supplies. Finding cheap supplies, right company and creative marketing strategies are all absolutely essential to run your business.
You can view links to some great business plan templates in the "Business Plan Templates" section of our Useful Business Resources / Links thread.
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You would be surprised to know that there are hundreds of business plan samples online that can help you get your business plan writing kick started. I suggest you do a search for an actual graphic design business plan online and start from there. I recommend you use the google search engine. Use the keywords "graphic designer business plan."
I would like to suggest that must read this thread if you really want to move in right direction Useful Business Resources / Links. It's a fergal thread and it's really good especially for unknown people.
If you are going to start on your own then it will take a long time to become an expert graphic designer. On the other hand if you start with some help and get your experience from a company or by working with an expert, you'll soon become successful graphic designer.
While reading an example business plan is a great way to start, there is no plan that is the same. Every individual and every company have different business plans to suit what their business provides. You could have 5 individuals who work on graphic design, yet each one of them will have their own unique business plan.
Read the examples, and base your plan around it, not on it.
Go and speak to web hosting companies. Ask them if they want web designing. They get good calls for designing websites. You can get orders from them. Make friends with other designing people, you get order for designing websites.
Ideally, what you can do is, go to a directory like this one, and look for leads which help you gain leads parallel to your graphic designing domain. This is very easy. All you need is to register your company with the directory. Then since you are a graphic designer, you can look for a web developer of similar scale and voila! you have a website development firm. You can publish your website and work from home and earn loads!
You definitely will find a few custom templates suitable for your purpose following the advice from all of the above.
Your business plan should however answer the following:
-What are you going to sell (Answer this in detail from the perspective of the client- What's in it for them that is different from what is being offered by everybody else)
-Who is going to buy from you (You must find a way of communicating with your prospective clients in such a way that you can gain an understanding from them what they specifically want and is important for them. This is information that you must gain from their perspective and can not be based on what you THINK or believe they want. Even in this forum you should be able to get insight by following the comments people make in response to design questions.)
-Where are you going to operate your business
-And probably the most important question of all...How are you going to get them to buy from you? The answers to this question relates highly with the first question. What are you going to offer that is different. You can only discover this answer through developing a close relationship with people who require the services of a Graphic Designer. Don't try to guess or believe you know what they want. I recently did a business course just on the importance of this particular step in starting a business, and the results you will find if you really put effort into this, will separate you from all competition. If you develop this answer well you will position yourself on value and not price! People go for value. If you don't do this well you will always find yourself in price wars fighting for survival! This forum is a good place to start. If you do a bit of web research, you may even find others more closely related to your particular offering. Hope this helps!