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.
Being we create brand identity and marketing materials for clients of various sizes, one would think that I would be encouraging you to hire a designer. However, as a business owner, I do agree with Bernadette's philosophy and advise...with a few caveat of course.
The key is always starting with how you plan to add value to people and who is it you are serving. Clearly if your professional service is geared towards high-end clients, then how you present yourself does matter greatly. So it is worth spending at least $200 or $300 for a designer in hopes of getting something tasteful that relates to your audience.
On the flip side, if you are a startup solopreneur with no real client roster or repeat business, then it doesn't make sense to allocate significant % of your startup funds or top line revenue over a logo. Chances are, there are more pressing needs to run and grow your business. Not to mention, there are a lot of industries, where brand and presentation isn't the number one thing they notice. Not to say that it's not important, especially if you gain traction. However, depending on your niche and size of your market, often times it has more to do with how tight is your overall presentation, which includes how you present yourself, than exactly how your logo looks or appeal to people at first glance.
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Marlena, Free logo's are rare and typically unnoticeable. You want something that speaks to your clients, about your business and identifies your brand. You don't want a stock logo that someone else in your area may have. They will confuse your business and the other business. There are websites like Fiverr that list designers willing to do work for $5. You may like it, you may not but at least it will be original to you.
You can check my profile. I can probably help you.
Thanks and have a nice weekend.
Nick ( dbrand4u )
I agree with Sarah,
If you're creating a professional service business, and plan to make money serving clients, you need to invest in a Logo and Brand direction that is unique and taylor made for your audience. If you are passionate about your offerings, you should be willing to invest in the creative services of people that create brands for a living. Frankly it's insulting the way creative services are sometimes viewed with such little value. My BFA 4 year degree in graphic design was a serious investment I made in my craft, and my future. Graphic design degrees are not free. This is why I can charge in upwards of $3000 for Logo projects. A free logo is worth exactly what it costs, nothing. In fact, a generic or trite logo can actually do damage to a new business, people know a cheesy low-end brand when they see one. It fails to impress. And you only have one chance to make a good impression.
I wish you all the best!
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Try http://www.logogarden.com/ for your first logo, especially if you are creative.
Please note, your website url seems to have a problem, with a redirect message. You may want to fix that.
If you are looking for a unique design that will cost five bucks...
Try looking on FIVER.COM
You can buy yourself some time if not totally satisfied and replace when timing is better.
Yes, I would say that free logos logos don't exist. But there are multiple sites where you can post logo contest where you can set your requirements and ideas about what you want and set a bid on what you're willing to pay for the logo design and files. I've got some really good logos designed for as little as $30. Designers will make their submission and you can rate and comment on which ones you like versus don't like and at the end of the contest you pick a winner. I've had good luck w/ freelancer.com.
Hi Marlena, Free logos can actually harm your business in many ways. It is a good idea to invest in having your logo professionally designed because it will not only add value to your business but it will position you in the marketplace as a trustworthy business professional. A well designed logo and marketing materials can actually bring in more business to you because people like to do business with people they trust. I offer a lot of money saving tips for the small business owner on my blog that will help you with your marketing and visual identity. http://vglogodesigns.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/3-must-know-tips-for-creating-your-visual-brand/
Hi - I have used www.fiver.com on many occasions with much success. This is a simple site that you can find a sub-contractor who is willing to do the work for $5 - hence the "five"r name. Works out well! Let me know how it goes. Sue
Use these guys, you will be really surprised. http://99designs.com/logo-design/contests/afrilabs-african-tech-hub-network-needs-logo-58263/designers/486828
Simple answer is "probably" unfortunately I do not know them. I have found in my 40 years as a Bsuiness Consultant you get what you pay for !
Hope you're doing well today. I would highly advise against the free logo approach, as you'll most likely get a low quality, not unique (possibly plagiarized) logo that will most of all, not be representative of your services or the unique selling point you offer. Well designed logos should be thought of more as a visual representation of your brand and what it offers, and this comes with an initial consultation and an involved design process. Though it is an investment, what you'll get is more than a logo; in fact, the logo is just a small detail of the big picture that is your "brand identity".
Your brand identity involves everything your brand does: what it speaks like, looks like, etc.. It's usually designed to involve a variety of logo lockups, a specified color palette, and chosen typography. Additionally, the strength of a brand identity is shown throughout its marketing materials; each item being able to stand on its own yet is unified by your brand's unique look and feel.
As I mentioned before, these are very involved projects that are indeed an investment. But when done right, you'll have a brand identity that will help your brand create awareness amongst your supporters and competition, and that just doesn't come for free. I would expect to invest anywhere upwards from $1,500 for a well-designed brand identity. If you don't have that now, it's definitely something you'll want to save up for.
I hope this helps! I know it's not a free website, but believe me when I say those will do less bang for your buck, maybe even none. If you have any other questions regarding brand identity and where to start, please feel free to message me on here. Best of luck!
Agree with Sarah. You only get ONE chance to make a great first impression. Hire a pro and make you/your brand stand out.
Just a quick question. If a website offered the kinds of services that you offer entirely for free, would you trust the quality of their work! With logos, like anything else, you usually get what you pay for. Free logos will NOT be unique and will NOT represent what sets you apart as a brand. Call in a freelance professional designer. It's worth it!
All my best,
When I first started my professional services business, I just made a business card with my company name in font I liked really big on the card. It worked just fine.
I think it best to do something simple with typeface and add a creative logo later when you can afford it. People will hire you, regardless.
A local homebased designer also will be the most affordable option.
I have to agree with Sarah, hiring a designer is well worth the money. You want the logo to be unique to your brand and portray your personality. I'd be happy to chat with you directly about development cost.
Marlena, I am in a whole different camp of thought....
If you are just starting out... I would certainly look for free or inexpensive resources... go to www.Fiverr.com and search for Logos or search for one of the freelancers named Accent ... and contact him with what you need. As the url states you can get a logo for as little as $5.00 and it could be very good.
The reason I am in this line of thought is.. since you are just starting out, your brand identity is probably nowhere close to where it will be in even a year from now...therefore I never recommend my clients to spend a lot of money on branding and marketing. And I state that firmly as a result of my own experience. I spent thousands of dollars on pretty logo's, website, marketing collateral and more... only to totally change it 15 months later because my branding finally came into clarity, after living, breathing and selling what it is I really was doing. i.e. my original branding was The Boas Group Consulting and Coaching.... and boy did I have really pretty (corporate level) materials.... but that never sat with me, or my prospective clients... and today it is Ball of Fire Consulting (and other things).
Spend as little as you can until you are certain of your value proposition, vision and personal and business brand.... then be sure to invest in the branding and marketing.
BTW - if you reach out to Accent, please tell him I sent you (I have used him for over 100 projects of all sizes)..... good luck and congratulations on your new business.
Sinisa is right, "free" and "unique" contradict each other. If you want something unique then you'll have to pay for it, if you want something free it won't be unique.
You could potentially find a graphic designer wanting to build a portfolio, but in the time it would take to find one, you're better off paying for one. Time is money too.