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How to Become a Freelance Graphic Designer

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Most graphic designers tend to work for design or marketing agencies, although other types of companies will employ designers directly if they have a sufficient requirement. Somewhere along the way these designers almost always find themselves doing the odd ‘little project’ on the side for friends and family, and this can often head to a situation where they might think about freelancing for the first time as an alternative to being employed.

The benefits of becoming a freelance graphic designer are easy to see. Not only do you get to choose your own working hours and your own clients, but you also have the opportunity to earn far more than you might do as an employee, if you are prepared to put in the hours. In fact our freelancer take home pay calculator shows you how much you can expect to take home as a freelancer. 

But leaving the employed world can be a daunting prospect and so many graphic designers opt to try freelancing as a sideliner in the short term and then move into full time freelancing further down the line when they are sure of the business opportunity. If you’re doing this or thinking of doing this, it’s probably a good idea to have a chat with an accountant as there may be tax implications you should consider and maybe also allowances you aren’t taking advantage of.

If you do make the move to becoming a freelance graphic designer you might find yourself working directly for a number of different clients or companies. These could vary from a design or marketing agency, which may need additional capacity or specialist skills from time to time, to a small company that need some marketing collateral designed. You may find our guide on finding work as a freelance graphic designer helpful.

Having made the decision to give it a go, whether full or part time, and whether to set up as a sole trader or limited company, you’re going to need a wide range of tax and accountancy advice and support in the early days when setting up as a freelancer.

The most daunting thing about going freelancing for most people is the thought of having to engage with an accountant. At first glance it’s easy, you go down to your local high street accountant who quotes you anything from £250 to £600 plus VAT to do your end of year accounts for you. This sounds great, however what happens if you want to speak to your accountant for advice throughout the year on things like:

  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Take home pay
  • How much you should put aside for your tax bill
  • Whether you should register for the Flat Rate VAT scheme
  • If going limited would be beneficial
  • What’s the most tax efficient way to run your business

Each time you pick up the phone it is likely you will get charged. In fact, every time your accountant sends you a letter or email you may be charged. For more information please visit our page on Benefits of an Accountant.

How Easy Accountancy can help you

Easy Accountancy offers fixed fee accountancy packages starting at only £60 per month for sole traders. Each of our packages includes unlimited access to your own dedicated accountant who you can call and email as much as you would like with no extra charges.

As well unlimited access to your own accountant, you will receive tax planning advice throughout the year, to help you run your company as tax efficiently as possible. Our accountants will also take care of all your personal and business taxation needs so you never need to worry about missing a deadline.

For more information on our fixed fee packages, please contact one of our helpful accountants on 01442 275767 or email

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Why Clients Choose Easy Accountancy

Easy Accountancy offers a low cost, fixed fee accountancy package with all clients receiving their own dedicated, friendly, approachable accountant.

All of our accountants specialise in providing accountancy services to the self-employed, freelancers, sole traders, small to medium sized limited companies and private individuals. All accountants are employees of Easy Accountancy and we never outsource or offshore work.

Our low cost, all-inclusive fixed-fee accountancy service includes unlimited access to your own dedicated accountant throughout the year and covers all your business and personal tax affairs needs.

All our accountancy services include:
  - Unlimited access to your accountant
  - Ongoing advice on how to manage your business
  - Proactive tax advice throughout the year
  - Updates and reminders so you'll never miss a deadline
  - Free bookkeeping software

As a sole trader our fees start at just £60 + VAT a month, for this you receive the above plus:
  - Completion of your Self-Assessment tax return
  - Advice on how much Income Tax to pay
  - Guidance on National Insurance contributions

As a limited company our fixed fee packages are bespoke to your needs, however typically you’ll receive the above, plus:
  - Completion of your year end accounts*
  - Completion and submission of your annual return Companies House
  - The director/s Self Assessment tax return
  - Payroll bureau
  - Dividends and corporation tax computations

We’ve saved our clients up to half on their accountancy bills – if you’d like a quote, click on the quote me button to the right of this page. Alternatively, call us on 01442 275767 or email

*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of Easy Accountancy for one year or have made 12 monthly payments.