Q&A: What to do when a freelance client treats you like an employee

Today, in the first episode of our Q&A series, I tackle a question I hear pretty frequently: “How do I handle a freelance client who treats me like an employee?” If you’re reading this post in an RSS reader or email, click here to view the video. Leave a comment here.

4 tips for finally getting paid + how to handle invoice disputes the right way

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“Well, maybe just one more day to see if they pay.” Have you ever said this to yourself? (I have.) One of the most troublesome parts of freelancing is invoicing and collecting payment. Nobody likes to be the bill collector, but sometimes it has to be done – and as freelancers, we get to wear that hat, too. If you’re anything like me, you know that anxious knot that forms in your stomach when you expect a battle over a

Four brilliant ways to handle client changes you don’t want to make

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Let’s say you’ve spent hours on designing a website mockup for a new client, only to have a huge list of changes sent back that will for sure ruin your work. Have you ever dealt with a client situation like this? It could be a simple color change that doesn’t go well together, or they may want to have you add an audio clip that automatically plays over their website. I’ve dealt with a some situations like that… it was

How to invoice projects, get clients to pay, and see results as a freelancer!

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Have you ever had trouble getting clients to pay invoices? Have you ever felt anxious, fearful, or “weird” about billing a client for your time? Have you ever had to haggle with a client over an invoice? If so, this is the post for you. (Trust me, you’re not the only one.) Good communication Invoicing projects and getting paid starts out with good communication between you and your client. Don’t be shy about your pricing – but don’t be afraid

Should designers work for free?

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Freemium. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a business model (term coined by Chris Anderson in The Long Tail) where you offer part of your services for free and encourage your customers to upgrade to a premium (paid) version. If you use Hulu, Pandora, LinkedIn, or even Dribbble, then you’re familiar with the model. And it may be tempting to consider a freemium model for your design business. After all, you could design a logo or layout a web

4 small yet vital details you can’t afford to miss when starting your freelance business

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When you’re striking out on your own as a freelancer, there’s a lot to handle. You have to get your web presence going, build a business plan and a marketing plan, reach out to potential clients, and update your software. And that’s the obvious part. But what about the smaller details? Neglecting the little things can come back to bite you later, so today, take caution and read through these 4 small yet vital details you may have overlooked when

How NOT to act when your client asks for revisions

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A note from Preston: This is possibly one of the most important blog posts I have ever written. I didn’t mean for it to be, but by the time I was finished, I realized how insanely important this message is. Please take time to really read it (or at least bookmark it for later) and if you agree that the message is super-important, please tell anyone you know who needs to hear it. As always, thank you and I hope

Don’t make these five big mistakes that turn freelancers into failures

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I recently read this comment from a pessimist in the freelance community: “Freelancing is a joke! There is no money in web design unless you are employed full-time by a company making a salary. Nobody pays real money anymore. They just go to any of the big template shops and pay $60 for a design, or hire some college kid for 100 bucks to build a site.” (If you disagree with this stance, please spread the word on this post