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Tips and Tricks for Newbie Designers

Feb 2022

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Tips and Tricks for Newbie Designers

First and foremost, Hearty congratulations on taking the brave step of learning UI/UX design! Two bottles of champagne for you. However, it is important to note that it is not as simple as it appears. It's really more than pushing pixels and creating fine art. This article will point you in the right direction based on my prior exposure. But first, I'd like to talk a little bit about Dillali.

Dillali is a simple record-keeping tool for you to manage your income and expenses as a newbie, so you stay in charge of your finances and never be caught off guard even in off-seasons. Dillali, in particular for freelancers, assists us in better managing our clients, creating invoices and quotes, and tracking your income and expenses.

Let’s dive right into the pointers and tricks to assist you as a Design newbie:

1. Discipline:

Believe me when I say that this is the best hack you've ever heard of. Rome was not built in a single day. You must be consistent and self-disciplined. It all comes down to making a commitment to yourself and striving to achieve the goals you've set for yourself. Investing in yourself and your professional development will only lead to bigger and better results. Whatever your motivation for getting into UI/UX is (money or sapa, for example), you must turn it into a passion and stick with it. Decide how to stimulate your mind and push for personal development. It is entirely up to you how high you aim and how high you ultimately climb. On a regular basis, work on yourself. Attend classes, work on personal projects, learn and unlearn new skills, and read books. DON'T STOP. I understand how difficult it can be to maintain consistency at times. A support system can be beneficial. My journey thus far would not have been possible without the support of my design friends and mentors. You know, there's a certain amount of motivation you get when you see your friends winning and doing amazing things in design. That was extremely beneficial to me during my internships, gigs, and a full-time job.

2. Find a dedicated Community to join:

Find people close to you who share your passion. Encourage one another. "No man is an island," as the old adage goes. Join a community of designers who are just like you, so that when you're down, they can help you get back up. It's also great that resources are being shared. Take classes together, collaborate on projects together. Do not forget that the major secret to this design hack is discipline.

3. Sell yourself:

If you're an introvert or trying to be humble, I'm sorry to inform you that UI/UX does not work that way. I got all the jobs I have done till date on Twitter. Get on social media, post your processes and works, and be vocal about your progress; there's no need to be modest about your craft here. Make an effort to be visible. Blow your own trumpet, if not who else will?

4. Chill with the “quickly making it big agenda”:

I know it sounds cliché, but social media has portrayed the profession as a quick-money scheme. However, it is not as simple as it appears. You must put in the effort. I would recommend that you take on gigs, build your portfolio, and be consistent. For the time being, concentrate on working on projects even if they are unpaid. The effort will eventually pay off.

5.  Carve a niche for yourself:

Choose a niche and stick with it for at least 6 months, as my good friend always advises. A master of none is a jack of all trades.

6. Be a person of value:

Businesses will be willing to listen and take you onboard if you can add value to their operations. Sell your ideas and thoughts out there on industry problems, and businesses will come rushing for you.

7. Financial Management and Literacy:

Even when starting out, a lot of financial mistakes might be made but you can avoid the chaos by using a tool that helps you manage all your business record-keeping on the go, it has worked for many of our users who are freelancers and helped them get ahead, start different and stay on track as a newbie with Dillali.

Once again, when you start making the big bucks do not forget financial literacy and proper management keeps you around for a long time, so check out Dillali today and get ahead in your coordination of client lists, invoices, quotes, and many more amazing features. I wish you the best of luck on your path to becoming the next Chris Do (great guy, you should check out his YouTube channel). Until I see you again, beautiful human. Ciao!

Start different and be different with Dillali.