How long should a designer fight a client about a poor design decision?

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If you’ve been designing for long, you’ve experienced a scenario like I am going through right now: You’ve met with your client, discussed the details of the project, signed a contract, and made some major progress on your project. Now, significantly through your process, your client hits you with a request that just makes your teeth hurt. It’s one of those requests that goes against everything you’ve ever learned about good design. Whether it’s auto-starting music on their web site,

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You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #28

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How to handle design clients who always demand a discount

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Sarah is a very successful individual. She owns 3 pastry shops in my metropolitan area. Smart. Well-rounded. Well connected. The type of person that will give my design company the respect it needs. There is only one problem: SHE ALWAYS ASK FOR A DISCOUNT! That’s right. A discount. A discount for the continuous business she brings to me. A discount for the countless changes she requires from me. A discount for the numerous late nights spent completing her assignments. A

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Sole proprietor vs Corporations: Determine your freelance design business structure

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So you’ve made the decision to embark on the tumultuous journey that is starting your own freelance business. Before you get too far, it’s really important to determine what business structure you’ll register your business as .

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Keep design clients happy by managing expectations

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Keeping clients happy is one of the most difficult aspects of running your own design business. After all, if your clients aren’t happy, it’s likely you’re not happy either. And if you’re not happy as a designer, why not just become an accountant? (Sorry, all you finance fans out there.) So what’s the secret to keeping your design clients happy? Managing expectations. How to manage your clients expectations Below, you’ll find a few tried and tested solutions for managing expectations

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You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #27

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How to spot a rotten design client before signing the contract

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It has happened to me one too many times: A potential clients calls me, we talk about their project, we meet and discuss the details of the project and sign the contract. And then the client turns rotten. Of course, they don’t violate any terms of their contract, but every time I communicate with them, they seem to get offended, ignore my advice, or demand I add something to the project (increasing my scope without offering more pay). And, of

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What motivates you to be a freelance designer? Freelance for the right reasons.

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Each week at GDB, Dan Sweet provides priceless tips and helpful secrets to make your freelance design venture a success. You can connect with Dan on twitter or at dansweetdesign.com. I  quit my job last spring, mostly because my wife and I had our eyes set on the “big city metropolitan lifestyle,” and we were getting tired of the small college town we lived in. After several half-hearted attempts at finding full-time employment, we decided that it was time to

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