Posts made in December, 2013


Assuming Who Will Pay You

Assuming Who Will Pay You


Posted By on Dec 20, 2013

Assuming Who Will Pay You

I’m not sure whether other professions fall prey to the way certain people regard the graphic arts, but it does seem to be a vocation filled with ambiguity—on behalf of the artist and the client or potential client. Many times when I’ve been asked whether I can do this or that by a perspective new client, there’s this nagging voice in the back of my head as to whether they will be able to compensate me for my time. This query became even more complicated when a friend or acquaintance made the request. I often wondered to myself, do they expect me to work for free or so close to free that it’s really not worth it? If you’re wondering why I would even go down this path of thinking, it’s because as a freelancer, it’s happened so many times, that I’ve lost track.

The irony is that it never needed to happen if I had set the right boundaries with myself and everyone else in the context of my craft earlier in my career. In the past when someone I cared about...

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Making Money

Making Money


Posted By on Dec 10, 2013

Making Money

Jason Fried is one of my favorite entrepreneurs and a co-founder of 37signals, a software company based out of Chicago. He is a contributing writer for Inc. magazine and recently wrote an article called How to Get Good at Making Money. Not exactly something that you learn about in art school and ironically, having gone to business school, I can’t say that it was ever once addressed or discussed. I wanted to reference a number of important factors that Jason wrote about but adapt it for my tribe—graphic designers and freelance creatives in general, in the hopes that you will find the information helpful. Jason broke his article into 6 parts.

 

Part 1 — “Understanding the buyer is the key to being a strong seller”
Granted that if you’re in the design business, which is service-based and you’re not selling widgets,...

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