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A freelance designer invoice is a tool used by those who work independently as designers to seek payments from customers. Any type of work or project that involves design may use this invoice to collect money.

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What is a Freelance Designer?

A freelance designer is a person who typically works from their own location (home, personal office) and is their own boss. Designers who can work remotely from their computers are the most likely to be working as freelancers. Freelance designers are not only responsible for their work but also need to be prone to collecting payment for completed work. Essentially, they are a one-person business.

Using an invoice allows the customer to see a breakdown of the project and the costs, eliminating doubts of overcharges or questionable fees. An invoice also gives the freelancer the ability to charge a down payment at the beginning of a project and collect the remaining balance when a project is completed.

Freelance Design Jobs

Not every type of designer can work independently as a freelancer. The reason being is that some jobs, an architectural designer for example, do not offer the freedom and flexibility to work independently, especially those that work in teams. The following are the most popular type of freelance design jobs taken up by freelancers:

  • Graphic Designers
  • Web Designers
  • Logo Designers
  • Interior Designers
  • Fashion Designers

Freelance Designer Salary & Hourly Rate ($/hr)

The going rate for freelance designers working online can vary significantly depending on a range of factors, some of which include:

  • Location – It’s known that freelance designers based in India are cheaper than those working in United States. For that reason, it may be very difficult for a person in India to find work charging higher rates.
  • Experience – A freelancer just starting out will have nothing to show in their portfolio from previous work, therefore they may have to price their work at a lower rate even if they consider themselves to be a top tier designer.
  • Reviews/testimonials – On websites such as Fiverr or Freelancer, designers are rated based on the reviews of past clients. A designer’s review count and score can allow them to charge rates higher than their competitors.
  • Language – A designer that can speak English can practically take on jobs from all over the world. Clients that can communicate with their designer are willing to pay more.

The following is the average hourly rate and salary in the United States for freelance designers:

  • Salary: $58,614/yr (source: glassdoor)
  • Hourly Rate: $27.11/hr (source: Indeed)