Have you ever heard the expression, “Don’t muzzle the ox“? It’s another important standard in life and in the world of freelance design that I would like to address. What we’re talking about here is strengthening your morale, taking care of your needs, fueling your interest and even giving you energy as you work on professional projects over time. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, what it really covers is compensation, you being paid for your time, your skill level and the extra effort in what you produce.
While most believers are very charitable and giving they too have needs, they all need to eat, drink, have shelter over their heads and pay their bills. So at some point in time they have to be compensated for the work they provide. Even Paul addresses the human need for workers to be compensated, whether on the missionary field, at home with the kids, on the job miles away or even in the living room, on the computer doing cool digital art projects (wink). We all need some form of compensation.
Deuteronomy 25:4, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.
1 Corinthians 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.
Let’s keep in mind that this course is directed at the prospect of helping you design products for small business purposes, whether you want to learn how to create products to sell or how to provide graphic design services for hire on an hourly wage basis.
So what is a graphic designers typical hourly wage anyways?
This is a very complex and flexible answer. While many professional graphic artists are hired for a minimum of $75 a hour there are many freelance designers that are commonly paid $120 an hour on up. Some professionals have successfully found a way to charge stiff rates of $300 an hour on up. At the same time there are highly qualified professionals that provide their services for $10 an hour or less for various reasons of their own. Reasons for lower rates can be charity purposes, investment opportunities into their future, or some simply cannot acquire enough projects with a more desirable hourly income. Many times a lower pay rate is due to an artist not knowing how to market their skills appropriately or know how to even be found in the search engines. Many of these hard working freelancers become discouraged and lose interest in even trying.
In the future I will be providing marketing courses to show you just how to let the world know about your talents and/or your custom designed products. I’ll show you how to reach a much broader audience of potential future clients and also help show you how to increase your earnings potential and hourly wages! I will include valuable resources on where you can advertise your products and services as well as how to get your designs on actual products for sale at no cost to you. So keep your eyes open for those helpful marketing classes yet to come!