Graphic Designer

For just about every form of content imaginable, copy can’t cut it alone. Marketing materials need compelling imagery to accompany written messaging to make a lasting impression on the intended audiences. Graphic designers create the graphics for a range of digital and print

advertising materials. Graphic designers are a vital part of building and shaping brands for their clients, from designing eye-catching logos to creating engaging digital and print images for a range of advertising media. Thanks to the rise in digital media that we’ve seen over the last decade,graphic designers are in high demand among companies across a variety of industries Becoming a Graphic Designer VBO is a great opportunity for creatives who want to use their artistic skills to further brands. 


Graphic designers create images by hand or using computer software. They are the artists behind many advertisements, magazines, brochures, comic books, billboards and other visual concepts we see everyday. Their goal is to create images that stimulate, educate, and captivate consumers.

To be a successful Graphic Designer VBO, you’ll need to be skilled in Adobe Creative Suite programs like Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. It may be helpful to be familiar with coding languages like CSS. You should also understand design principles, color theory and color psychology to create the most impactful graphics for your clients.

Here are just a few reasons you should consider becoming a Graphic Designer VBO:

  • Graphic Design is an industry with a lot of variety- you'll never get bored!
  • Graphic designers are always in demand.
  • You get to use your creativity to help others express their ideas and visions.

Here is an example of a VBO Niche for a Graphic Designer
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Primary Niche

Graphic Designer

SUB Niche

Graphic Design For Literature

VBO Niche

Graphic Design For Book Covers For Sci-Fi Writers

We provide some great resources to help you get up and running as a Graphic Designer. If you have questions about becoming a Graphic Designer, feel free to head over to our Groups and ask there!


  • Determine the actual scope of projects during meetings with clients.
  • Determine and communicate cost based on the scope of the project.
  • Communicate with clients on design strategies and specific messages.
  • Create graphics specific to client needs, including illustrations, logos, and website layouts.
  • Use a variety of media and software.
  • Communicate milestones and setbacks with client as necessary.


Our research shows the hourly rate charged by VBOs ranges from $20.00 to $80.00. However, the majority seemed to land in the $30.00 to $50.00 per hour range. Factors affecting this variance include geographic location, experience, and level of expertise.


Adobe Blog

Adobe Blog shares the latest news, updates, and insights from Adobe. Topics include Creative Cloud, Document Cloud, and Experience Cloud, plus extras including a directory of official Adobe Partners.

How Design

How Design is a blog for inspiration and know-how for designers. They post updates on the latest design and type trends, projects, events, and more. This is the place to go when you need a kick in the inspiration!

Graphic Design USA

Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) is a B2B information source for designers. They cover news, people, trends, projects, new technology, and more. Visit their website and sign up for their monthly e-newsletter, a digital magazine, and enter their design competitions!



Udemy is a great site for VBOs to sharpen their skills. Their classes typically range from $10.00 - $200.00. However, they are known to have frequent sales where with virtually all lessons as low as $10.00.


Skillshare is an online learning community with classes in that are often helpful for VBOs focused design, business, tech, and more.


Lynda has been around a long time and might just be one of the granddaddies of online training. Pretty much all courses are well-vetted and professionally done. While their courses may be a little more expensive, they are top quality. Since they were recently acquired by LinkedIn, some premium accounts get access to Lynda at no additional charge, which is a great deal.


Coursera offers courses from many of the top universities including Stanford, Duke, and Penn. As a result, their courses are similar to the instruction you’d receive in higher education.







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