Where do you get your own design resources when you don’t have your own designer?

Whether you’re a small business just starting out or you are already established, your branding and design supports the integrity and enhances the visibility of your business. It is an essential element in your marketing. You need to make sure the content you deliver reflects of your brand promise, overall business personality and is in tune with the vision you have for your business.

Okay, I can hear you asking … how on earth do I do that? Surely I need a designer? I don’t have any budget for one yet!

This article will help you to think again …

Designer using Wacom palette
Most small businesses dream of contracting their own designer who can create all their gorgeous branding and marketing materials! But before they are in the position to take that leap they need to do it all themselves. I know, that’s not your thing, not your forte! You are really good at {fill in the blank} but you don’t have a design bone in your body!

I’m here to tell you about some cheeky options that will put you ahead of the game. There are a growing number of websites that can provide you with resources that give you a good start for a small fee, or better yet, FREE!

Fonts, Graphics, Images, Templates, Themes, Bundles, Illustrations … you name it, they’ve got it! While, most of these sites do have paid content (after all they are in business too), but there are a diverse range of freebies out there for you to grab.

For example The Hungry Jpeg has a weekly freebies! All you need to do this is to register a free account and download away or jump on their mailing list so you get an email to remind you to get that weeks freebie!

The prices on all other products do vary, but most are extremely affordable for the quality of material you receive, this makes for an easy way to brand or re-brand your business and create beautiful imagery and content for your social media, website or anything you please. They also have $1 deals – now you can hardly get better than that!

Many stock libraries also have weekly or monthly downloads, all you need to do is sign-up.

Having a good library of resources can be handy in any situation, I’ve compiled a list of my favourites for you to choose from. Yes, there are many others out there but these are just a few that I have come by and learnt to love!

Just remember, having great design doesn’t always mean employing a designer, try out your creative talent with the aid of some of these materials and there you are! DIY love to the rescue!

Having a beautifully branded business doesn’t have to be blood, sweat and tears, it can be as simple as a click of a button!

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