So you want to be a Graphic Designer? Here are some tips or gentle suggestions that I would have loved to know before I started on my path as a designer. First of all learn Adobe Creative Suite really well! Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are software you will use regularly. The more you know the programs the more efficient and creative you will be able to be. Not to mention, the more fun you will have! Take a WordPress class so you are able to build yourself a great online portfolio! If you are wanting to have your own business as a Freelance Designer be sure to take a few business classes, write a business plan and get involved in Networking groups. Do a search for local networking groups in your area. Meeting people face to face is a great way to get your first clients. Then your business will grow by word of mouth too!