Editor’s note: these arehis post was written by Jonny Rowntree, a freelance writer for Elanders UK. Many designers nowadays are finding themselves working in an increasingly digital environment. So much so in fact that the requirement to prepare a document to actually see the light of day in print can sometimes put them on the back foot. […]
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Crafting your own logo from scratch is a very intense process. Working for another company or as a freelancer means you have to flesh out words & ideas into some visual design. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart. But it is a hugely rewarding process that also teaches many lessons about conceptualization. In […]
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I can remember first using MS Office 2000 way back in the day. The updates added into Office 2003 were phenomenal and really pushed the boundaries of desktop software. Microsoft Office 2007 incorporate even more changes which are now prominently found in Office 2010/2013. Developers who really love this software will create add-ins for unique […]
You’ve probably heard about them. Clients who won’t pay. Clients who treat freelancers poorly. Clients who pile on more work than the freelancer agreed to.
You may have even had the misfortune of working for one yourself. It’s not uncommon for freelance designers to wind up working for a scammer or a bad client.
Some freelance designers view this as an inevitable part of freelancing, but I say that you can keep many scammers and bad clients out of your freelancing business if you take the proper precautions.
In this post, I’ll share a checklist to help you identify scammers and bad clients. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like Is That Client Legit or Just a Tire Kicker?
That’s because they don’t understand how building healthy long-term business relationships fits into their marketing plan. In the eyes of some freelance designers, a contact is either an immediate prospect or they are not worth pursuing. Often, this means they miss a lot of business opportunities.
In this post, I’ll discuss the importance of building relationships and what it can mean for a freelance designer. I’ll explain why long-term relationships are important and also provide you with five tips for meeting and building business relationships. If you like this post, you may also enjoy reading Why Online Friends are Important to Freelancers.
In fact, some freelance designers have a policy not to work for a friend or family member and regularly refer those design projects to colleagues.
There are times, though, when you can’t turn down a friend or family member without causing a major rift. This post provides some pointers to help make friend and family projects go more smoothly. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like Working With Friends and Family Can It Ever Work?