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A freelance graphic designer invoice allows an independent graphic designer to request payment from both one-time and ongoing customers for designs and services provided to them. Graphic designers often charge for their services on an hourly basis ($/hr), although charging on a per-design basis is common as well. Due to the online-only presence of many freelancers, it’s important they use an invoice that covers all necessary details to ensure there is no confusion on behalf of the client.

What Does a Freelance Graphic Designer Do?

A freelance graphic designer is a person that offers design services without being employed by a single company. They provide as much work as the company needs at the moment. Some gigs last for a single project, whereas others can extend for upwards of a year or longer. In comparison to being a salaried employee, freelancing provides designers with significant freedom and allows them to get a sense of the market before committing to a single company.

There is an ever-growing market for freelancers of all kinds, especially graphic designers. While many freelancers take on jobs at a discounted rate in order to get work and to build their resume, the more experienced professionals often enjoy equal (if not greater) rates in comparison to their salaried counterparts. A freelance graphic designer is known for doing the following:

  • Creating logos
  • Designing flyers
  • Game design
  • Illustrations
  • Book covers
  • Business cards
  • Web and mobile design

Helpful Tip: Use an invoice to bill clients before or after a project is completed. If requiring payment upfront, include a satisfaction guarantee or language that allows the customer to make revisions to the graphic design at no extra cost when delivered.

Freelance Graphic Designer Salary

The following is the average salary and hourly rates for graphic designers working as freelancers in the United States:

  • Salary: $49,554/yr (source: Indeed)
  • Hourly Rate: $29.43/hr (source: PayScale)

Note: Due to freelancers being able to charge their own rates, the above metrics should only be used for reference only, and do not represent what should be charged for provided work.