THE RIGHT FIT
All graphic designers have their own 'style'. Again research, find someone who has a similar style to you, whose work you admire and who you can trust with your business. Have a look at what they do best, someone who is purely a web designer may not be the best fit for designing your logo. It is really important to begin any design process with an idea or inspiration (visit Pinterest or look at your competitors to see what you do and don't like). If you don't know what you want, chances are your designer wont either unless they interrogate you with 21 questions. Sit down and really think about what you want before your initial meeting.
I believe in asking questions. Design can be a new experience for a lot of people heading into business and to ensure the process runs smoothly ask ALL the questions to begin.
What file types will I receive?
What is the design process?
How long will my design take? (Great design doesn't happen overnight)
Do you offer ongoing support?
What other services do you offer?
How long have you been a designer?
DO YOU RESEARCH
You will come across a 'designer' or two that generally know how to open Photoshop and use a paint brush. Unless they are qualified and experienced in the industry "You get what you pay for" Try to avoid these 'Photoshop designers'. Professional design involves an extensive complicated process, you need to ensure your design has not been 'borrowed' from a clip art library.
Listen to your instincts you will know if a designer is a good fit for you after doing some research and asking questions.
MEET FACE TO FACE
A good place to start is a website, a professional website design can represent a significant investment have a look at a portfolio and check out the testimonials. If they have a Facebook page, check out some recent posts and what people are saying. Social media is your tool to knowing they are being viewed by past and current clients.
But always organise a meeting (if your local) , most designers will offer a no obligation free quote (Like us).