5 Contract terms that will keep you safe as a freelancer

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Contracts are one of the most talked about and most written about topics on freelance and design sites. It’s no secret that we should all have them and use them. They protect us and they protect our clients and keep everybody happy. When I started freelancing it didn’t take long for me to be convinced that I needed a contract. I felt like it was being beaten into my head from every other designer I talked to: “Use a contract!”

Get more clients through social with this small but vital change

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Almost every business out there uses social media. But there’s no doubt some people use it better than others. You’ve probably seen a company with a wildly successful social media post or hundreds and thousands of followers and wondered: “What are they doing that I’m not?” Unlike most traditional forms of media and advertising, which are a one way broadcasts from company to consumer, social media, at its most effective, is a two way conversion. Social media’s true potential is

4 Red flags to watch out for in client contracts

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We all know by now that it’s important to have a contract, and to use it. Everybody should have one to make sure they don’t get taken advantage of. That doesn’t just apply to freelancers. Guess who else should, and often does use contracts? Clients! That’s right. Some clients, especially bigger ones, may have terms they want added to your contract as a freelancer. They may even have a contract of their very own that they want you to sign.

Is it fair to charge your bigger clients more?

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There is a lot to know when it comes to pricing. There are whole books dedicated to the science of properly pricing design work. There is a lot of really good information out there about pricing, and when I was starting out I read a lot of it. You can find almost everything you would want to know online. I quickly settled on a combined system of flat rate and hourly that works very well for me. I was all

Why the best time to start freelancing as a designer is now (and how to begin today)

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If you read many publications about design and freelancing you have probably noticed there can be a lot of doom and gloom in regards to the current state of the design industry. I hear quite a lot of hopeless chatter about how the internet age and the advent of affordable computers and software have let loose a torrent of unskilled designers willing to work for next to nothing and devalue the industry. Pretty bleak right? Don’t get me wrong, I

6 Places to find creative inspiration without wifi

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Designers and freelancers in general need a little help staying inspired from time to time. We all have places we like to browse while brainstorming; you never know what’s going to spark the perfect idea for you. The internet is a wonderful resource for creative inspiration. It gives you access to more information in one place than any other medium. It also has a huge flaw. It’s home to more distractions than any other form of inspiration. Because so many

Get better freelance work by defining your “dream client”

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Everyone wants to work with their dream clients, myself included. That’s why I recently decided, if I want to work with my dream clients I need to know who they are, or at the very least, define the qualities I would like in them. That way I can work toward my goal. My first instinct was to list lots of high profile clients. The ones that would obviously have all of the money and who’s creative work is sure to

What to do when your client is afraid of contracts

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I was recently working on landing a new client that I was excited to work with. Everything went great, they accepted my quote, they sent a great creative brief and it looked like everything was going to go smoothly. When it came time to make it official I sent my normal working contract over to them to have a look at and make sure they agreed to my terms. It’s a short contract that covers the basics; deposit up front,

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