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Become a better designer

Design the future you deserve
Become a freelancer

Life after work starts here

Due provides a range of retirement options that help designers draw up their futures. We keep it simple: save each month and earn 3%, with no hidden fees, all the way to your retirement.

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Retirement pots should grow at a steady rate. Due lets you watch your savings build month by month. Lay out your future and keep your contributions on track.

What is a retirement plan for designers?

At Due, we know that design life can be unpredictable. Clients—and their demands—change. 


Projects come and projects go. Our retirement plan for designers keeps one thing certain. Your contributions will grow at the same rate whatever else is happening on your drawing board. 


You can adjust your contributions to match demand. But you’ll always get a 3% interest rate until you retire.

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Taxes made simple

Design work should be creative. Bookkeeping? Not so much. Due’s retirement plans make managing your taxes easier.


Deduct your contributions and keep more of your money when you’re ready to put down the stylus.

Why choose Due for your retirement fund?

Due gives you control of your retirement. Whether you’re employed and making the most of a 401(k) plan or a freelance designer with only your own savings to fall back on, you should have your own retirement fund. Due gives you an easy, predictable way to put money aside for your retirement.


Applying for an account is free and takes about two minutes. In less than the time it takes to draw an outline, your retirement plan can be up and running.

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State of the Designing Community

Designing is not just a U.S. phenomenon, but is now spreading around the world
Independent Contractors: 40% of the total design workforce, or 21.1 million professionals, do not have an employer and work on a project-by-project basis.
Temporary Workers: 10% of the total design workforce, or 5.5 million professionals, have a single employer, client, or project where their status is considered temporary.
Moonlighters: 27% of the total design workforce, or 14.3 million professionals, have a primary job but do design work on the side.
Designing Business Owners: 5% of the total design workforce, or 2.8 million professionals, see themselves as a designer, but also a business owner, such as a graphic designer who hires a team of designers and creates a virtual agency but still sees themselves as a designer.
Diversified Workers: 18% of the total design workforce, or 9.3 million professionals, combine a part-time traditional position with design work.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for graphic designers from 2012-2022 is expected to grow by 7% – which is slower than the average of other occupations. Does that mean that the profession is declining?


Not necessarily.


It means the industry faces tough competition. That isn’t an excuse for you to not pursue a career in design. Instead, this is an opportunity for you to learn the skills and insights to become a leading designer that clients and companies will want to hire.


If that sounds like something you want to explore, then check out this handy guide on becoming a designer. We’ll show you where to learn to become a designer and freelancing secrets that while give you a competitive advantage.

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