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Should I have a rate card?

I'm doing the ground work in setting up a small side business. This business would target a specific demographic with a defined subset of residential design services. I feel compelled to do a 'rate card' but I wonder if anyone here has experience with using a rate card as a service provider. Trying to figure out pros and cons and whether I've missed something. As a consumer, I think I'd love to see some up-front rates but I know that, realistically, it would keep me from hiring someone if I felt like I couldn't afford them (even if I could). [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Where do I find a freelance graphic designer for a quick turnaround?

Hi all, I have a quick ask for a graphic designer. Need to mock up a landing page - does not need to be final design, and with about 24 hour turnaround. Don't want to spend a ton of money - up to $100. Are there any places I can go to ask / designers willing to help out? I would ask designers at my job, but this landing page is for a personal project and they are extremely busy already.
posted by pando11 on Apr 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Customizing a freelance designer's resume for a full-time job

Graphic designers who work exclusively as freelancers might or might not reach a point where they want to get full-time jobs, perhaps because it gives them a chance to save up more, or maybe because it offers them a stable paycheck when freelance work is sporadic. Question is, when freelance graphic designers apply for a design job in a creative agency, how do they write a compelling resume? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Apr 7, 2014 - 3 answers

What's the division of labour in web development?

I want to start doing freelance web work, but I'm not sure what I'd like to specialise in. I'm competent with python, PHP, html, css, javascript and angular as well as doing designy things like UX and photoshop. Previously I've always built whole websites from start to finish and now I'd like to pick a particular element and develop my skills to professional level in that role, but I'm not sure how it breaks down and how the size of the company/project increases the numbers of roles.
posted by awesomathon on Jan 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Client wants to finalize a logo design on their end - how do I handle?

I run a freelance design business and I've been working with a small, 3-person finance company on their logo. I delivered the last contracted round of revisions yesterday and the client has more changes, but rather than paying for a few more hours, they are requesting to make changes on their end, even though they are not designers or even in a creative field. How to manage this stickiness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Business documents for artists/designers

Usually designers and (to a greater degree, artists) are represented by agents who take care of all the administrative/legislative issues. However, for those who manage their own freelance businesses, it is imperative that they have their own business documents (project questionnaires, proposals, quotations, contracts, invoices, ..). I am interested in mapping out all the needed documents in the process of a project, from the moment the client contacts the designer/artist to the moment the project is submitted and the payments are made. Where can I find some comprehensive/reliable resources for such documents?
posted by omar.a on Jul 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Getting Your Creative Motivation Back After A Long Dry Spell?

I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Crash course in freelancing please

Some freelance programming/design work (javascript data visualization) is about to drop into my lap through a friend who has heard me talking about how much I enjoy this stuff. I'm a student and have never done this professionally, but would love to in the future. Help me not look like a rookie and make this go smoothly and professionally. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Difficult Client - Can/Should I Fire?

I started a design project with a new client and the whole process has turned out to be very difficult due to communication problems. What can I do to resolve this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Wear your retainer

Freelancer filter: I'm a graphic designer / creative consultant. I've been at it for 15 years. I like the freedom, but have never been particularly good at invoicing etc. I have a client wanting to work out some sort of "retainer" situation but, frankly, I'm not even sure what this could be like, how it would be structured, and why it would be better for me than my current status. I'm all for regular paychecks... So there's one. Anyone have experience with similar arrangements?
posted by ecorrocio on May 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Cross-browser, cross-platform, cross-country compatibility.

As a Canadian, can I do freelance design work in the U.S. if I move there? [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Mar 10, 2012 - 6 answers

need freelance web designer

How do I find freelance web designers who will create a website for me similar to these ones: www.the-weeknd.com www.caldecottmusic.com Also, how much does it typically cost to hire someone to do this??
posted by mememix on May 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Negotiating responsibilities with a client slash employer

How do I negotiate freelance work responsibilities vs. compensation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 - 5 answers

The best place to pick up Website Designers?

Where do you go to find Freelance Website Designers? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Nov 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Creative promotion ideas for a conference.

How do I promote my web design freelance business at a conference I am attending (unrelated to web design)? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 17, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I sell myself?

How do I get better at being a people person and a sales person (self promotion)? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 9, 2010 - 7 answers

A professional look, without a lot of professional stuff

Website filter: how to design one for a writer or other professional who doesn't have a lot to show off? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Jun 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Freelance job during full time masters program?

What freelance skills should I cultivate to support myself during graduate school? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on May 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Building a web presence for radio projects

How do I make a website for my radio documentaries + other audio experiments that is a little more stylish and sound-friendly than the average blog? Oh, and maybe encourages me to keep at my hobby. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Feb 9, 2010 - 3 answers

Agency vs. Freelance vs. Inhouse?

For all the seasoned graphic designers out there, where have you found the best working environment when it comes to agency vs. freelance vs. inhouse design for a company? [more inside]
posted by RubyDoom on Feb 8, 2010 - 16 answers

Has "design philosophy" officially moved into played-out cliche territory?

Has "design philosophy" officially moved into played-out cliche territory? [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs on Jan 15, 2010 - 3 answers

Brand me

What is that I'm doing? Tag my business. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 20, 2009 - 14 answers

Been there, did that, got the degree, now what?

I've nearly finished my degree. Help me work out my future. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Sep 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Freelance web design/development for a newbie - is this feasible?

I am planning to leave my current job in about a year, and hope to be able to make some money (I don't need a lot) by doing freelance web development/programming. While I have a bit of experience with programming and very basic web design ((X)HTML/CSS), this would pretty much be a new field for me. I guess I'm wondering - is this a realistic goal? And if so, what steps should I take to help me get there? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh on Sep 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Freelance web design - how do you estimate hours?

Freelance web designers - what factors do you use to estimate the number of hours you'll spend on a project? I'm looking for examples of reasonable rough estimates (based on scope). [more inside]
posted by Fifi Firefox on Jul 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Where to find freelance web work online?

I'm a web developer and have been working the same job for 9 years. Recently, due to challenging economic circumstances, I've decided to start looking for freelance work to supplement my income, if not replace it. Are you a freelance web developer or designer? If so, where do you go to find work online? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Mar 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Freelance design gigs?

London magazine/newspaper designers and art editors: Where do you get freelance and contract work? [more inside]
posted by Kreiger on Jan 16, 2009 - 3 answers

How much to charge for a t-shirt design?

I've been asked to design a t-shirt for a well-known band on a major label, but I don't know what the going rate is for the work. I saw this question, but I'm not fresh out of school, and that's a question about bulk work, which this will not be. I'm open to charging a flat-rate or my hourly, but am unclear which is appropriate in this situation. [more inside]
posted by apetpsychic on Sep 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Getting started on my own

How do I best set up space to work as a solo graphic designer (furniture, computer equipment, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jun 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Pricing for web design from a template?

How much would you charge for web design from a template? [more inside]
posted by inactivist on Apr 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Where does a small web design/development company find work?

Where does a small web design/development company find work? [more inside]
posted by petah on Mar 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Where can I get a quality yet cheap webdesigner?

Where can I get a quality yet cheaper as possible logo and web template for a web 2.0-oriented website? [more inside]
posted by fcoury on Feb 24, 2008 - 18 answers

How should I track freelance graphic design jobs?

What should I use to track freelance graphic design jobs? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat on Nov 30, 2007 - 9 answers

How much to charge for simple layout work?

I'm asking for a friend of mine: this company she used to work for has contacted her and asked her to design brochures for them. Problem is, she doesn't have any real design experience and has absolutely no idea what to charge them. [more inside]
posted by reallygoodgirl on Sep 7, 2007 - 7 answers

Tax time!

I'm looking to find the right accountant. But I don't know where to start! Just a little bit [more inside]
posted by still on Jan 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Just a sketch or two...

I'd like to hire graphic designers for simple sketches and illustrations. I'm looking for decent quality work and I'm willing to pay fairly. How would one go about this? What should I budget? [more inside]
posted by brianvan on Nov 14, 2006 - 9 answers

Cashed rubber checks - now I want my money!

I'm a newbie freelancer. Two of my clients, owing me money for services, wrote me checks that bounced. [more inside]
posted by brianvan on Jul 28, 2006 - 27 answers

How to get started with part-time freelance design

I'm looking to do some part-time, on-the-side freelance design to provide some additional income. What are your suggestions for getting started? Where should I look for jobs?
posted by markcholden on Jul 18, 2006 - 6 answers

Website for freelance writer?

I am beginning to experience a small amount of success as a freelance writer, and want to put together a professional website so that folks may hire me/contact me if they desire. [more inside]
posted by Thistledown on Apr 24, 2006 - 4 answers

What's the best way to deal with difficult clients?

What's the best way to deal with difficult freelance clients? I recently designed a logo for a small business and they are arguing about paying me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2005 - 19 answers

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