What kind of contract should I use for small or ongoing projects?

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ongoing client contracts

Have you ever struggled to write a contract for ongoing work? You’re not alone. One GDB reader┬ácommented: Love the article you posted today about freelance with a contract. I’m curious, I can’t seem to find much out there for inspiration on writing a contract for revolving work. For instance I’m working with an agency that’s giving me production design one-off’s and giving me an hourly rate. I feel like I need to provide them with a contract but I don’t

What I learned from interviewing 9 successful freelancers

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interviewing freelancers

Think of someone you really admire as a freelancer. Have you ever wished you could just contact them out of the blue and ask permission to question them for 20 minutes on a specific topic they’re really knowledgeable in? Last month, that’s just what I did. I interviewed 9 successful freelancers on topics like: hiring employees overcoming self-doubt working with international clients finding your niche teaching design and much more (Stoked members can listen to them for free as they’re

5 Fast ways to boost credibility with clients (and get more business)

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boost credibility

As freelancers, it’s easy for us to forget what it’s like to work with other people. After all, we did go solo, and often because we grew sick of being stuck in an office with a bunch of yahoos. Luckily for us, now we almost always get to choose the yahoos professionals we work with, whether other freelancers, clients, or agencies. Sure, we know we’re professionals, but since we don’t have to physically enter the professional realm on a day-to-day

4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them

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Whether you’re a new freelancer, a freelancer-to-be, or a freelancer with a few (okay, a lot of) years under your belt, one of the most efficient ways to learn is from mistakes…preferably some someone else’s. But that’s not always easy to talk about. (How many peers do you feel comfortable asking about their biggest mistake(s)? Chances are, not very many, if at all.) So here’s a list of my biggest mistakes I wish I had learned from someone else (hopefully,

The truth about what to expect as a new freelance designer

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If there’s one reason to start freelancing I hear more than anything, from college students to recent grads to design veterans ready to break out of their cubicle, it’s this: I’ll get to work on the projects I want to work on and I won’t have a boss telling me what to do. And I wish I could tell them how wonderful and true this perception is. Because while freelancing is one of the most rewarding, amazing jobs I can

The right way to turn down new freelance clients

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So you’re midway through a potential client consultation when your gut starts telling you this client isn’t for you. Maybe your personalities just aren’t clicking or maybe they sound like a bad design client. (Here’s a handy list of warning signs.) But, like any smart freelancer, you know unburning bridges is really tough, so you’re feeling stuck. As GDB reader Samantha puts it, If you do meet up with a client that you know you don’t want to work with,

How to find clients in a new city

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finding new clients in a new city

If you’ve ever experienced the “joy” of moving* (especially if you’ve accumulated furniture), you know that not only are you learning the ropes in a new community personally, but as a business, nobody knows you. Nobody knows that you volunteered 200+ hours per year in your previous community. Nobody knows you would love to design the local cancer awareness basketball tournament logo. Nobody knows that your posters improved sales at your previous locale’s zoo store by 20%. And that’s a

How to keep your best clients coming back (three easy tips)

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keep your best clients coming back

There are probably some things you do to say “thank you” to all of your clients: send them holiday greetings, thank them for their business, and maybe even provide a small referral discount. But what about those clients that are really awesome? I’m talking about your favorite clients…the ones with fun projects who you really enjoy working with (and pay on time!). How to you keep your best clients coming back? How do you provide that intangible asset that gives