February 2010

How to double your Billable Rate.

StylizedWeb is going to go out on a limb and say that almost everyone reading this article is charging too little. Our industry, as a whole simply undervalues our time and expertise. If you are an SEO consultant, web strategist, front end / back end developer or web designer you posses skills that very few people do. In fact there are very few colleges or universities that can educate you in these areas enough to qualify for anything more than an entry level position. The industry is simply way too new and moves way too fast.

Freelancer’s Hourly Rate Calculator.

FreelanceSwitch have developed this hourly rate calculator to give you a guide based on your costs, number of billable hours and desired profit. It is a simple tool for you to play with. Remember your hourly rate should always take into account factors like market demand, industry standards, skill level and experience – things that unfortunately can’t be put into a calculator!

Seven tips on presenting logos to a client.

The research is over. The sketching is finished. Bad ideas now fill your waste basket and the best ideas have made it to the computer screen. After all the hard work, your logos are finally ready to present to the client. But how can you be sure they will be accepted and appreciated by the client? GraphicDesignBlender presents some tips on presenting your logo comps to the client. Follow these rules and your logo proofing is bound to be a success almost every time.

What should I be charging for webdesign?

One of the most common questions JamesLarkin sees on web design boards and web development forums is the age old question of “what should I be charging?”. In the land of the freelancer there seems to be three ways of doing things: Fixed rate to do a site, Hourly Rate or Make up a Quote on the project. James looks at the options.

Why you are losing clients (and how to stop).

It may seem that no sooner do you get a client signed up for your products or services than they leave. You have no idea why you are losing clients, but you know that it has to stop. This post at FreelanceFolder should take some of the mystery out of why freelancers lose clients. It will also provide some tips for how to hang on to the clients that you do have.

Six common statements which clients say to Graphic Designers.

In your graphic designing career, you will have to deal with a variety of potential clients. For that reason, you need to be versatile enough to handle each and every type of client accordingly. Different and, at times, bizarre queries may come from clients that hire you. So in order to be prepared beforehand, GraphicDesignBlog has listed some of the most frequent things that you might hear as a graphic designer from you clients and how you should tackle them.

Get your clients to stop comparing Rates.

You are the best at what you do. No other freelancer can do what you do as well as you do it. The problem, however, lies in getting clients to understand this. This is particularly hard if you’re still in the start-up stage, where you’re having to find the clients, instead of them coming to you. So how do you convince the client that your $100 an hour services are better than the other guy’s $30 an hour services? FreelanceFolder will enlighten you.

How to design for your worst client: You.

As a designer, doing work for yourself is probably the most difficult thing you can ever do. In fact, most dread it. To add to the pressure, creating an online presence is not only vital to get right, it has to be the best. After all, if you can’t prove your skills on your own website then how can you expect someone to hire you? SixRevisions is here to help.

How to make sure a Potential Client doesn’t steal your ideas in the RFP Process.

Unfortunately, potential clients “stealing” an agency’s ideas during the RFP process is a common occurrence. Once the idea is “taken,” it is often hard for an agency to prove it was theirs. Companies will say “another agency pitched the same thing”. MediaBistro suggests these tips to agencies to make sure their ideas aren’t taken from them without compensation.

The First Rule of Outsourcing to Contractors.

A lot has been said on the topic of outsourcing work to others. There are the operational issues, the client management challenges, the trust and rapport factors, and so on. But there’s one Golden Rule…and you’ll find it at Sitepoint.