February 2010

Is Freelancing a recipe for failure?

The author of the post (How to fail at your Design Business) suggests that one sure fire way to fail in your design business, is to do everything yourself. The reason this stuck out to Arbent, was because, well, they are freelancers. And as any lancer knows, we often do wear every business hat for our company. We often do not have choice. Find out if Freelancing really is a recipe for failure.

Getting credit for your work.

For a web designer or developer getting credit for your work is hard. At a design studio or agency you might get a link at the bottom of a website you designed or develop linking to your web site. As a freelancer you probably won’t even get that. The three sites at MostInspired are aimed at getting you credit for your work.

The ABCs of a good design proposal.

Every now and then a friend or colleague of VunkyBlog passes him a design proposal from the competition. He’s always interested in checking out how other design companies work and how they approach potential customers. This is his position on how to produce a good design proposal.

What to do when a client wants you to copy other designs.

In the graphic and web design industry, we like to think of ourselves as “creatives” who constantly keep the creative juices flowing and come up with original, well-thought out ideas. So why is it that even the best of graphic and web designers are approached by a client now and then who says something like: “I really like the look of this design. Can you just copy it?” GraphicDesignBlender presents his views on the topic.

How to sell the value of design: An email conversation.

As a designer it’s not always easy to stand up for yourself… clients often have demanding requests, tight budgets and due to one reason or another, designers will succumb to taking on labour heavy jobs at heavily discounted rates. This does not have to be. Jacob at JCD explains how to sell the value of design.

Four ways to kill Scope Creep.

Some clients just keep asking for a little more: a four page website design can turn into a design plus copy or even a design plus copy plus marketing. It often happens just a little request at a time, as the scope of the project creeps ever larger. Scope creep isn’t always an entirely bad thing, of course. As long as your clients are willing to pay for the work that goes along with a bigger project, it can be beneficial. Depending on the situation, there are several responses you can offer to a client with a case of scope creep. FreelanceSwitch will enlighten you.

Creating a well designed Invoice: Step-by-Step.

Boring paperwork is one of the necessary evils of being a freelance designer. There’s simply no way around it, if you want to track and manage payments from clients, you’re going to have to setup an invoicing system. DesignShack walks through designing an invoice from scratch. He’ll be as in-depth as possible and include everything you need to know from the absolute basics to advanced features and even a little design theory.

How to manage Postpurchase Dissonance in your Freelance Clients.

The concept of postpurchase dissonance — the unease buyers sometimes feel after they make a purchase — is familiar to every one of us who has ever bought goods or services. We’ve all experienced a feeling of uncertainty or anxiety after we’ve made a purchase. As freelancers, it’s important that we’re aware of the concept and practicalities of postpurchase dissonance and that we know how to handle it when it does occur. Sitepoint explains.

Avoid design burn-out by limiting client revisions.

GraphicDesignBlender will attempt to help you find the root of the design burn-out problem. Here’s a hint: maintain control of your project by limiting client revisions. Don’t get him wrong, revisions are important and, many times, necessary. But limiting the number of unnecessary revisions will help you have a more effective design process.

Job-hunting Long Distance? Five Dos and Don’ts.

WaxingUnLyrical shares what she’s learned about job-hunting long-distance – because that’s what she did when she moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the nation’s capital.