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Starting your own design agency: 10 top tips | Agencies. Thinking of starting up your own studio? Do you dream of being your own boss? If so, there's many things to take into consideration. From getting out of bed in the morning to finding a mentor, Nalla Design founder Vicki Young shares her expert advice to help you make that leap. 01. Remember, anything is possible Fear is one of the main factors that holds people back from doing what they want in life.

For me being fearless helps give me the freedom to take calculated risks and be more spontaneous and agile. 02. Most businesses start at home, working on the kitchen table, lounge or spare room. Save yourself the stress. 03. This is an important one. People invest in passion and don't connect with those who are simply looking to make a quick buck from them. 04. There are people in life who are afraid, who would not want to take the challenge of putting their neck on the line, of doing something different and taking the chance. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. Words: Vicki Young. How to start a design agency. The great thing about starting a design agency, be it offline or online design, is that there's a pretty low barrier to entry. For a relatively small outlay, you can teach yourself the tools of the trade and start pitching for work. However, this means lots of other people are doing it too. Hundreds of agencies and freelancers are all fighting for the same contracts and projects.

Make sure you pick a niche and research it well when you launch your design agency. A specialism in, say, legal websites, Facebook campaigns, or pharmaceutical magazines will give you the edge in industry-specific pitches. Many design agencies evolve organically. It often begins with a single freelancer, completing projects to deadline and making a living from a portfolio of clients. Day-to-day First of all, be prepared for long hours staring at a screen.

Check out this video from London-based agency Strawberry Soup for a sneak peek at a day in the life of an design company. The industry and market Natural skills. » Top 20 Questions To Ask When Starting Your Own Design Agency BoDo: Business of Design online » Blog Archive. Posted by: Dave Carlson Category: The Agency Route Bookmark on: Dave Carlson I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. I think as designers we love the challenge of using our creative talents to solve business problems. So about 11 years ago, I wanted the challenge of running an agency vs. just freelancing. I freelanced for about 4 years before I started my agency and hired my first employee. So before you jump right in with exciting dreams of building a big, famous, kick butt design agency, maybe you should ask yourself these soul searching questions: Your personality Are you patient with people you rely on?

Your finances Are you good at managing your money today? Your location Are you in a good location where you could acquire more business than you currently have today? Your target client Do you know what type of work you want your agency to do or focus on? Dave Carlson | The Agency RouteThe Vyant Group | DegreesInc | Team Author. Breaking Free: 7 Tips for Opening Your Own Agency. As you welcome the bold embrace of the New Year, you may be contemplating change; not just in the months to come, but well into the future. Are you currently working in-house and thinking about opening an agency of your own? Before you quit your job, wait! You should have a solid strategy in mind and some security (i.e. moolah) in place too. —Shannon Stull Carrus Former in-house creative turned agency owner and In-HOWse Designer Blog guest Shannon Stull Carrus provides seven insightful tips for you to consider before breaking free. 1. 2. That being said, having a business partner is like gaining a spouse.

I’ve seen more than one business fail due to petty personality conflicts and to differing ideals on basic goals and operations. 3. 4. 5. It would be wise to establish some cash flow and get a more accurate picture of your projections year-over-year before you rent the studio of your dreams. 6. 7. There are a lot of factors to consider when starting your own creative agency.

How difficult is it to start your own agency? Despite the dire economic conditions of late, or perhaps even as a result of them, there has been no shortage of new businesses starting up, with creative marketers shaking the confines of big agency life to go it alone and take control of their own destinies. The Drum recently caught up with a number of new starts to find out the thinking behind their creation. Open sign image via Shutterstock Here we take a look at some of the biggest challenges faced by agencies as they start out on their own paths. What were the biggest challenges in getting your doors open? Dave Brown, managing director, Apposing: Hiring full-time members of staff on the back of winning a significant contract is always the largest challenge and also the scariest. Open sign image via Shutterstock Be the first to comment on this article: sign in or register. How to choose a design agency. By The Startups Team Updated: Oct 3, 2013 Published: Jun 26, 2001 If you decide you would like to appoint an agency, the next step is to get hold of The Creative Handbook, or look through your local Yellow Pages.

Ask the agencies you are interested in to submit a portfolio of their work, or better still, get them to present it to you. Other factors to bear in mind might include: Past work and experience – quality of portfolio, specialist skills and knowledgeStaff – quality, experience, capability and motivationInterpersonal skills – personalities and teamworkRecommendation – a good word from a trusted source can save a lot of time, effort and money. Get more than one quote If you are torn between more than one agency, or not confident your existing agency can deliver, put the brief out to no more than two agencies: Allow them the same amount of time to work up rough concepts.Request an approximate costing for the job.Choose the design you prefer, rather than the cheaper option.

Final checks. 8. Balance dualities. - 10 Steps to Building a Successful Creative Agency. 8. Balance dualities. "Fighting for simple vs. complex, subjective vs. objective, and proactive vs. reactive often leads to tension, division, and sub-par results. Try to find 'simplexity,' 'sobjectiveness,' and 'pro-reactivity' as much as possible...unless you want to end up producing like our government and political system. " "The Learned Evolution logo is called the 'Seeds of Duality'...all the best creativity happens between and beyond duality, not on either side.