8 tips for starting a design studio

You've risen through the ranks from designer to art director to creative director – or maybe you're just tired of creating logo designs and flyer templates at someone else's studio. Whatever your reasons, there comes a time in every designer's career when the idea of starting your own studio is hard to ignore.

It's nerve-wracking though: how do you build up the courage to start your own studio? How do you get new work? Who do you employ and what's the best model for your studio?

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Julia Sagar
Editor-in-chief retail

Julia is editor-in-chief, retail at Future Ltd, where she works in e-commerce across a number of consumer lifestyle brands. A former editor of design website Creative Bloq, she’s also worked on a variety of print titles, and was part of the team that launched consumer tech website TechRadar. She's been writing about art, design and technology for over 15 years.