Late last year a reader reached out to me with doubts about staying in the graphic design industry.
He tried researching various aspects of being a freelance graphic designer, but struggled to find the information that he wanted to hear – the information that stated how graphic designers can make “big money”.
If you were to look at some high paying professions like being a movie star, lawyer or something in the medical field – they have the potential to make this “big money” that he seemed to desire.
He had never heard of a millionaire graphic designer who “drives a Ferrari and lives in a mansion.”
So, is there any “big money” to be made as a freelance graphic designer?
Let’s try a different perspective
What is “big money”?
Is it a million dollars?
Or could it be just enough to live comfortably?
Realistically, I wouldn’t put the field of graphic design in the category of “big money”, but if you can pay the bills and be happy doing it, then why shouldn’t that mean success?
I know there are a handful of freelance graphic designers out there that make a great income, and that’s ultimately because they do the work and know how to charge what they’re worth.
For me, as long as I can happily support myself and my future family, then the actual amount of money I make doesn’t matter.
“Big Money” vs. Success
I don’t put the words “big money” and “success” together, because I see success in an entirely different way.
At the end of the day if you truly love what you’re doing and you’re able to survive, it seems to me that money and fame would be the last goal on your mind anyway.
The funny thing is, once you let those things take a backseat to your passions and your true happiness, they have a funny way of showing all by themselves.
So what about you?
What’s your definition of success?
Do you feel like success is measured by the amount of money you make or by the amount of happiness that’s generated from what you’re doing?
Leave a comment on this post and we’ll talk about it!Written by Brent Galloway Brent Galloway is a passionate freelance graphic designer living in Ohio, who loves creating and experimenting with both the web and print. You can connect with Brent on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, follow his design work on Dribbble, or visit his website.