In today’s fast-paced and highly visual business environment, most businesses will need to develop graphics to help advertise and market their businesses to potential and current customers. The question is whether you should rely on your own skills or hire a graphic designer to handle your marketing needs. When to Tackle Graphic Design On Your Own If you are a creative type and have a background in graphic design, or the aptitude and desire to pick up the skills required to create your own marketing tools, you can retain complete creative control and save money. You’ll need to develop the graphic design skills needed to create an attractive website, as well as promotional materials, such as brochures and letterhead. Another way to create marketing materials without hiring a graphic designer is to take advantage of the myriad of marketing templates that exist for creating attractive marketing tools like websites, letterhead, brochures, business cards and informational booklets. You can also customize these ready-made templates to create a unique logo without the advanced skills of a graphic designer. Keeping graphic design work in-house will allow you to spend your marketing budget on the tools themselves, rather than on a graphic designer’s skills. When to Hire a Pro Many business owners simply do not have the time to learn even the basics of graphic design, or they recognize that in order to stand out from competition with glittering advertisements, a graphic designer must be hired for the job. A graphic designer is already trained and skilled at creating marketing tools that stand out from the crowd and aren’t derived from a template. A template can be a good starting point for a small business, but once you’re ready to take your business to the next level, you might want to choose a graphic designer to give your business a customized and individual look. A graphic designer will take your initial ideas and run with them to create a specialized look that will not only enhance your company’s image but will give you, the business owner, time to pursue business objectives. A graphic designer is usually worth their price once your marketing campaign starts taking off and attracting new business, which will eventually pay for the efforts of your graphic designer while simultaneously taking your business to the next level.