How To Start a Desktop Publishing or Graphic Design Business

How To Start a Desktop Publishing or Graphic Design Business
By Jacci Howard Bear
About.com

While some sources might have you believe that all it takes to start a desktop publishing business is to have some software, a color printer, and some fancy paper, the truth is that a desktop publishing or graphic design business requires the same attention to detail of any small business venture. You can start small and build up but the basics are the same.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: A week, a month, a year... as long as it takes to be ready to start your business

Here's How:
1. Assess your entrepreneurial abilities.
Determine whether you have the time, business and financial skills (or willingness to acquire needed skills), and the entrepreurial or freelance mindset to run your own desktop publishing or graphic design business.
Learn the business side of design.

2. Assess your design skills.
You don't have to be an award-winning graphic designer to start a desktop publishing business but you do need certain basic skills and a willingness to educate yourself in areas where you are weak.
Acquire at least basic design skills and knowledge.

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