Like with anything, there are pros and cons to hiring a professional graphic designer to do work for you or your business as opposed to ordering from a larger company. I’m going to be really transparent with you and share what those are and what you can expect working with me vs working with a big box print store or larger company.
Bigger Companies Can Print Mass Quantities Cheaper
As a small design boutique where I’m the solo designer, it is hard for me to compete with the bigger companies that can print mass quantities for a lot less money than I can. Places like Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Michaels, Target, and Zazzle often have better per piece prices than I have. However, I do have close relationships with individual printing companies and because of this can often get better deals.
Bigger Companies Might Have a Quicker Turnaround Time
Bigger companies might also have a quicker turnaround time than I, or an individual graphic designer, has. With a staff of people and machines at their beck-and-call, they can often turn around rush orders and get the project completed more quickly than a professional designer can. At the same time, if a company is back-ordered or does not accept orders beyond a certain date for holidays, a professional designer might be able to “squeeze you in” where it’s difficult to do that when you’re working with a larger company.
Professional Designers Offer a One-on-One Design Consult Process
When you hire a professional designer, you receive a consultation and also play an integral role in the process. You’re not picking a template that’s already designed. You’re sharing your vision and having a say in the creative concept and design. A designer is with you every step of the way to answer all of your questions and concerns.
Professional Designers Work With Most Budgets
While some companies require a minimum order quantity, most designers don’t have as strict of limitations. They can typically custom tailor their services to fit your budget and needs.
Professional Designers Customize Your Design Completely
When you work one-on-one with a graphic designer, the final result is a unique design that most do not have. You’re not tweaking a template or swapping out color schemes. You’re getting a unique creative concept that results in a unique piece.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to hiring a professional graphic designer. While I can’t always compete with the big dogs in terms of price and turnaround time, I can compete with them on other metrics and you might just be the time of person who places greater importance on the consulting, customization, and personalization process.
If so, I’d love to show you what a graphic designer can do for your business. Reach out to me via the contact page to discuss further.