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Ready Pattern Design & Trends Blog

How much does a Surface Pattern Designer Earn?

by Elettra Francis

July 1, 2020 12:33 label 6 minutes read label Leave a comment

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As a textile surface pattern designer, they have two viable options to make money, they can work as in-house designers for textile firms or they can become entrepreneurs working for themselves. While both options are available, the designer must make a choice which determines their paygrade. For many it may seem that a full-time job is more economical and steady whereas it has the downside that the designs will never be their intellectual property. Working as an entrepreneur or a freelancer gives the design the freedom to charge the price they want for their patterns and it will be acknowledged as their creation.

In-house Designers

An in-house designer works for the textile company which specialises in either apparels of home décor. With their constant need to stay up to date with trends and designs, they require full time textile pattern designers and pay them an average of 3,000$ a month. This is a steady fixed salary that would increase based on the designer's expertise level, years of experience working with the company and the size of the company. An MNC will be able to pay a senior designer much more than what a small or medium size company can pay.

Freelancers

Working for yourself allows the designer to charge the value of the design that they desire. As a freelancer the designer can charge a minimum of 13$ an hour for the projects they are working on. They can increase their hourly rates as per their level of expertise. Based on the design work required, the intricacy, repetition and time taken a designer can even charge an entire sum value of the project than charging the employer an hourly rate. An hourly rate is considered more economical for the designer as they can charge for any amendments and changes that may be made at a later stage by the employer.

Entrepreneurs

Working as an entrepreneur allows the designer to decide if they want to sell their patterns and prints directly to the consumer or if they want to print the designs on the desired products and sell a ready product in a marketplace. While selling a design or a pattern it is necessary to license the print so it will not be used by anyone else without paying the designer their dues. A non-exclusive design can be sold to infinite number of consumers can be charged between 2$-79$. An exclusive design can be sold only once and therefore the selling price is much higher and can go up to 1000$. While selling a finished product a designer can add the price of the design, the cost of the product and the cost of printing to determine the value of the outcome. As an entrepreneur, the designers have the choice to sell their patterns and prints or a finished product on online market places, trade shows and exhibitions.

FAQs

What are the options for selling textile designs online?

Online marketplaces like Ready Pattern gives textile designers the platform to showcase their work and license their prints for them. Ready Pattern allows the designers to upload up to 50 designs at one go and charges them zero listing fee. An online market place opens up the designer to new geographic customer base and increases their popularity among the platforms existing clients.

How do I get inspired for my next pattern design?

Starting a new collection of design can be daunting. It is a good practice to view mood boards, follow current rents, fashion shows, research can be carried on by viewing contemporary magazines and online blogs. Reviewing content can help analyse what patterns are working in the industry and can give you direction for the next pattern design.

How to sell Textile Pattern Designs?

With international consumers from across the globe, Ready Pattern is the perfect start to sell textile designs online. Having abundant customers from different industries buying from our website, your work can reach the right clients. Uploading multiple designs with no listing fees on our marketplace is a win-win for a seller.

About the author

Elettra Francis

Elettra is the host of the Ready Pattern Seller Central Blog, the design selling platform interface for ambitious surface designers to showcase their prints to global brands. Got something to share with Ready Pattern Seller Masters? You can submit your story for consideration.

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