Turn your design skills into a business: 10 pro tips

So you're an illustrator, a graphic designer, a photographer. But it's not enough. You want to take the next step and start a business. But before you drop everything and spend your precious pennies on a spanking new studio, specialist shop or ecommerce website, you should know a few things.

Creating great design is one thing, but being an entrepreneur and making a business out of it is quite another. Here's some advice from some of those who've taken the plunge and come out of the other side smiling...

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