Although I'm creative, I'm spending most of my time starting up my professional services business - are there any website(s) that offer free logos?
I want a unique logo to represent my professional services business - my time and resources are very limited. I would like referrals on websites that offer a choice of free logos.
The key word you used was "unique" so using a free logo site will not give you sole right of use. The only way to create your very own logo is to have it designed for you. That need not be an expensive move . If you can give your designer plenty of guidance - style, colours, wording, font etc and show them examples of what you like you will go a long way towards cutting design time and costs. The fastest part of the process is the actual artwork. So the more you input the lower the cost. I for example can produce a logo from £50 under those circumstances.
Good luck, Paul (UK)
Using a free logo would not be good.
Squarespace is a great web platform that offers a free DIY logo tool for clients - http://www.squarespace.com/logo/. Kind of a controversial tool among those that value design, but may fulfill your objectives.
Otherwise, pay someone on Fiverr to design you a logo (also relatively controversial among the design community, but whatever).
Down the road, investing a substantial amount in a logo ($500 - $2k) can be very wise, but that's when your business becomes strongly credible and really has momentum.
No clue about free honestly, but Fiverr.com is a good place to start in finding someone to do something affordable, at least until you get off the ground.
When in doubt - do it professionally. Your clients will thank you for it in the end and the difference between a professionally designed logo and a cheap 5 $ one is like night and day. Your logo defines your company and like anything else, its al about presentation - do you show up to a meeting in 5$ suit? So why would you give someone a business card with a 5$ logo on it? If you need help, Im always available for consultation and advice. 914 920 9828
I wouldn't hire a designer to build the foundation on my house and I wouldn't hire a contractor to design the face of my company.
That being said would you trust a free accountant with your yearly taxes? I wouldn't. Why? Because my company is my baby and I would only ever want true professionals to work on it.
You get what you pay for in this world. If your not going to invest in your own company why would someone invest in yours. Great entrepreneurs hire experts to execute on the work they are not efficient in. We do this so we can focus on what we do best.
Remember that your logo will not just be on your website but on all your marketing materials tied to your brand. Do it right the first time and you wont be reinvesting time and money again in the future to redo all you materials the second time.
Agreed! Even a student designer or a low cost pro would be a better option. The logos put out by 99designs and other crowd sourcing sites prey on young designers desperate for work or a foot in the door. They take all of the designs submitted and don't pay them for any of that hard work unless they "win" the job. As foolish as they are to willingly sign up for that, it is still ethically wrong to perpetuate the practice by paying the company to start a contest for your business.
On the other hand, if you go with a service that simply produces logo shapes with your text on them, you are going to get about what that sounds like. Generic, low quality.
The purpose of a logo is to communicate a message. Make your message clear, concise, and vital to your customer's perception of you.
Best of luck.
I'm always available. Wink wink. (0;
Here are some options:
Create a Logo Online | FreeLogoServices.com
LogoSnap.com - Business Logo Designs and Free Logo ...
And these folks post your job for designers to offer graphic work for you to review and select as you like at a price you set: http://contests.designcrowd.com/
Agreed. Creating your own logo may take some time ,but you can start simple (text only) it will personalize and professionalize your business. Having a unique, consistent, look that will stick in potential customer's minds is important, but not critical for starting. Free logos:mostly junk, but you could simply search for some clip art that strikes your fancy and add some text in a nice font or modify some vectored clip art o get started - you can always change it, but it's nice to start with something you can use forever - IDENTITY is important from a marketing standpoint!!. I am one of those creative folks who is for hire and I love helping start new businesses. I've been designing success with ink and pixels for over 30 years! But, heck, It took me many years to finally decide what to I wanted and to make the time to create something unique, memorable and timeless. Peek at my portfolios (right side links) for some free ideas . . . dayledesigns.biz
Have a great day and good luck with the new biz!!! I know it takes a lot of work and time to get started.
Yes but why would you after all you have a vision an off the shelf logo or in this case brand just aint gonna fit if you have an idea in mind get an art worker to get you a polished visual but but in all honesty listen to Sarah Johs and hire a designer that has a track record of brand design and development it may be a pinch on the purse but it will be worth it hope this helps