I am a young graphic designer and my dream is to eventually set up my own agency. Anyone ever accomplished this? Was it hard?

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The hardest part, or probably the ONE hard thing, is to grow and retain your clientele.

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Setting up your own agency can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also be tough. You have to build a strong client base and learn to market your services effectively. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but if you're passionate about graphic design and have the drive to succeed, then it's possible to achieve your dream.

I made it! Almost by mistake. I worked for many years as a freelancer and when I realized I had so many clients that I needed help to manage them in order to accomplish each project. I hired other designers, a project manager, and a couple of marketing people, and now we have a small but very successful agency.

Same thing happened to me! Now I’m scaling up to reaching online courses

I haven't done so myself, but I often do contract work for a friend who bootstrapped her agency. It was hard for awhile no doubt about it. She had to continue working a salaried job while she built up her portfolio and clientele. If you're someone who knows how to get out there and find paying clients, you can definitely do it! Just know you'll have a lot of hard work ahead of you.

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