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Sharon, if you are oriented to logo design, I would recommended Logoground - site with premade logos for sale. (https://www.logoground.com/) The most interested thing about the site is that there is no fee - you set your own price and get all amount when logo is sold. I am really satisfied with this site.
I have never tried Upwork, but I agree that you should be active on several sites like Behance, Dribbble, even Twitter. There are many sites like Fiverr, but summa summarum you can get better price for your design work if client finds you on Dribbble or Behance.
You can also go on Dribbble site to see where designers selling their goods. I know that you have asked for jobs, but a combination of passive and active income is also good to consider.
I am using paus/transparent paper to make a drawing. I draw with drawing pen, then I scan the drawing and trace it with Corel trace tool like black and white drawing.
Designers with one kind, let's call it a license, already exist. You can finish design college and get a degree. In my country there is an umbrella association of designers and for many jobs doors for others are closed; you can not even apply for them. Then, your portfolio is also some kind of your license, maybe it is better to say - it shows your place in design world. What else do you need?
I think this video is dealing with too many of general issues addressing just trivial staff. With new technologies logos are changing also and at my opinion it will be interesting to research how technologies and modern taste influenced on logo design. At my opinion, art history represents constant change of "baroquization" and purification of the style - and always something new is thrown out, and this is manifested in the applied art and in the end, in logo design. Those are interesting questions to ask and those answers will be interesting to hear.
I suppose it all depends in which country you live and how much you can charge for your services. Because of that, maybe someone else recipe will not work for you. I do have a daily job as a designer and I design logos in last few years for clients over the internet. I think I could live just from that income here in Croatia if I give 100% of my efforts in it. Right now, this is just nice additional money. I have a few of my sources to earn. But in the USA this wouldn't work for for me.
No matter what, why to limit itself just on logos? For example, company where I am employed offers design and finished products; paintings, medals, stickers, flags, diplomas, seals, labels, reliefs, you name it.... You don't have to own the whole machinery, you can cooperate with other companies. People are more willing to pay for your services when you are offering the whole package.
Yes, it is the sweetest to earn the money just from design because you don't have any costs, but it is good to have the whole palette of products in your offer.
I give "likes", "hearts" or "appreciations" to designs I like, to designers I know, sometimes I will give "like" to designer from my area. But when I am thrilled with some design, I will wright a comment. This happens in five or ten percents among the designs I have liked. So, for me, giving a nice comment is achievement, one step above the usual "likes". Sometimes I will just wright "fantastic work", sometimes I will explain why I like a particular design so much.
When I want to discuss and receive a critique, I will rather send my work in progress to my friends - designers I appreciate and trust their opinion.
This is a very interesting topic.
I am 45 years old and in this job immediately after I've finished a college of nice arts. I have a day job as a designer more than 20 years and I design for clients over the net for a past few years in the same time.
I am very satisfied with my job; I have a very good boss and nice income, I bring my dog in my office - every day, I do what I love, through the years I bought my own flat, my health insurance is covered and, in fact, I work from 9 am till 2.30 pm. Sometimes I forget to be grateful on what I have.
There is a plan that I become a boss one day, when my boss get retired, but I don't wish this to happens soon - it is much nicer to design than worry about the bills and taxes!
Yes, sure, there are days when I complain and when I am lazy, but I suppose this is normal. But there are some changes through the years; I do have more experience, but less energy. Sometimes I don't have enthusiasm for some tasks as before. I don't learn new technical things, just when I am forced to it. I suppose I will continue to do what I do. I also don't have a feeling that I know everything. Far from that. This is a reason to go on...
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