Part-Time Remote Graphic Design Jobs and Everything You Need to Build a Business on the Side

By Rob Williams

Part time remote jobs can make starting a freelance business 10× easier.

Why? Because when you’re starting out you need one thing: clients – and finding enough leads to build a pipeline can be challenging, especially if you’re already working.

But part time remote jobs can help. You can even use them to supplement your existing client work.

This post is going to walk through everything you need.

Step 1: Finding high-quality part time remote jobs

Hiring a part time remote employee doesn’t require paying for things like health insurance and other benefits. That makes them a popular option for companies looking to grow.

But a mistake a lot of freelancers make is using a website like Fiverr or Upwork to find these types of gigs.

The problem is these websites typically attract cheapskates that don’t value your time and create a race to the bottom in terms of pay, work quality, and more.

Instead, you can keep track of every remote part time job (in the design space) for free by registering for a free Folyo account.

Here are some remote part time design jobs we’ve featured recently:

Folyo exists for one reason: to help you find work that supports your best life. As a result we hand-screen every single job we send.

(It’s totally free. Create an account and you’ll get a portion of our premium part time remote jobs sent to you.)

Now, let’s get to how to approach and land these gigs.

Step 2: Build a design business on the side with part time remote jobs

One of the best ways to start and grow your freelance business without a huge time investment is by applying to part-time remote jobs.

Why use part-time remote jobs?

  • Less time requirement
    By definition, companies looking for part-time help expect a small amount of time from you, typically only 10-20 hours a week, that means you can continue your main job while adding to your income.
  • Easy to automate / build a process around
    By using a tool like Folyo, finding these jobs requires almost no time investment from you. You simply have to pitch each opportunities in a fraction of the time.
  • Faster hiring process
    Since they don’t have big flashy budget, these jobs typically don’t have the same amount of competition that a full-time job or large contract might.
  • Great source of recurring retainer work
    Even though they’re usually short-term gigs, they’re also prime candidates for small retainers which make them a great way to build a steady, sustainable freelance business.

As you can see, I believe part-time opportunities are one of the best ways to start building a freelance design business on the side.

Believe it or not, if you have a full-time gig currently, you also have some huge advantages built-in. Let’s dive into that next.

How to approach a remote part-time design gig (audio case study)

Part time jobs are unique.

And approaching them takes some skill.

So to help you get started, I asked Folyo member, Trevor Wernisch, who recently won a part time remote job off of Folyo, to walk me through his process. Below is the full audio interview.

There’s a ton that Trevor shares in the full episode, so here’s a rough breakdown the approach:

  • Use your current situation to your advantage
    Look for the uniqueness in your current situation. For example, having a full-time job means you don’t necessarily need a part time remote job so you can afford to be more interesting in you communicate. Cracking jokes, showing personality, and giving a confident vibe means you will stand out and more clients will respond! On the flip side, if you’re currently freelancing full-time you have more time to spend on sales process. Reply to more leads, craft better emails and proposals, and create case studies that highlight the benefits of having someone who’s in it full-time. No matter your situation, use it to your advantage.
  • Be approachable, friendly, and talk to the client like a person
    It’s amazing how many job applicants simply don’t care enough to write a well-crafted application. You can stand out by taking the time to write a well though out email. Some tips for you: lead with how great you think the client is. Tell them why you want to work for their company and project in particular. It might seem simple, but it’s amazing how often this will help you stand out.
  • Stay persistent
    Realize at the start that you may not hear anything for weeks. This is part of the process. Job posts get a lot of responses and client’s are extremely busy. Following up is one of the best ways to improve your chances of landing a client. A 1-2 week follow up schedule is perfect. The entire process of landing one of these gigs can take 3+ months at times. By realizing this from the beginning, you don’t get discouraged with the process. That is a huge advantage.
  • Find out why clients need part-time help at all
    One of the keys Trevor identified to landing this part time remote job was his versatility. The client was excited that Trevor could code, even thought this wasn’t in the job post. This is common with part time remote jobs because growing companies will usually have additional needs arise. If a part time employee can help with them, they become an even greater value.
  • Be authentic
    The best way to do this is to apply to jobs that you are honestly interested in and your excitement will shine through at every step. It’s a lot harder to seem interested than it is to actually be interested. Clients can tell when people are just stuffing keywords in their email or pandering because they think it’s what they want to hear.
  • Find ways to grow the project scope
    Even though part time remote jobs start out as limited scope and budget, as the company you work for grows there will be opportunities to expand the scope of what you do, and get paid more. It’s a great idea to be conscious of this from the start and look for opportunities to pitch additional services throughout the project if it makes sense.

Having success selling part time remote design job means you need a range of additional skills including: excellent time management, being efficient at the business-side, a fast lead generation process, and awesome email/communication skills.

To help you continue with this, below I’ve put together a few of the best resources I’ve found on building these skills, designed to help you do more work on the side faster.

Other recommended resources for building your side hustle

About Rob Williams...

I run Folyo which helps freelance designers find the work they were meant to do. I also host Freelance a podcast about how to be more effective at independent work featuring remote companies like Disney, Basecamp, YNAB, ConvertKit and more.