April 2010

Dealing with clients who refuse to pay.

As a designer, you will eventually have to face a couple of unfortunate truths in your career. Number one: just because you wear a bathrobe for most of your “business” hours does not actually make it business attire. Number two: at some point in your freelance career, you will encounter a client who does not respect the work you do. The most unfortunate part of this unfortunate truth is that it will all too often present itself in the form of a client who refuses to pay for your services once all of the work has been completed. SmashingMagazine suggests some tactics to deal with these … umm, people.

How to ask for a Referral without sounding like a jerk.

It’s a lousy truth, but if you want referrals, you have to ask for them. No matter how great your work is, no matter how wonderful you are, most clients aren’t thinking about referring you to anyone. FreelanceFolder shares the story of one talented designer who failed to get a referral. They’ll also tell you an easy way to get your clients to give you referrals.

How to Quote per Project (by secretly charging per hour).

What if you can charge people for the project, while quoting secretly by the hour? Would you want to do it? Would it benefit you in the long run? That is the issue we will discuss in this article at OneExtraPixel. There are both pros and cons to either method you choose.

March 2010

Points to negotiate when lowering your price.

If you are ever pushed into price negotiations, remember that the price should only vary with the service offered. We’re not selling second-hand cars here, trying to get the best price we can. Accepting to a do a website way below the odds is bad for both parties. TheYellowBrickRoad explains.

What to do when someone steals your work.

Unfortunately, one common indicator of success as a freelancer is the proportion of individuals who attempt to copy, borrow or steal original content from you. Knowing how to prepare, identify, deal with and respond to this type of copyright infringement is quickly becoming one of the necessary skills for any serious business owner. FreelanceSwitch will enlighten you.

Ten reasons Freelance Designers get screwed.

Designers know what we SHOULD be paid. We know what our time is worth. Then why is it that we have to jump through so many hoops just to be paid? Why is it that we are always getting screwed? CreativeOpera investigates.

Common Freelancing Mistakes and Misconceptions.

With his first year of independency almost under the old belt, TheDesignCubicle has learned a lot about running an independent design business through mistakes of which he adjusted accordingly throughout the last ten and a half months. He presents 16 common mistakes and misconceptions when running your own independent [design] business.

The Five Golden Rules for increasing productivity as a designer.

These are five very useful tips which CreativeNerds use and follow as designers in order to increase productivity while working on a design project.

Ridiculous client requests (and how to reason with them).

Dealing with clients can be frustrating at times. There will always be difficult situations to deal with. The key to avoiding frustration and anger is to simply remember that they don’t understand a lot about your side of the relationship. GraphicDesignBlender describes some ridiculous client requests (and how to reason with them).

Client Tactics: How to spot a Deadbeat Client.

A deadbeat client is any client who gives the freelancer extra problems during the span of the project, outside the normal specifications of the project. In this article at 1stWebDesigner, we will see different types of deadbeat clients and how to spot them.