One thing I struggled with in the past as an independent creative is money. I have a lot of experience with the all too common
Did you know that your creative business thrives because of how you do business and not because of the quality of your work or your
I’m a sole proprietor working with businesses and organizations, and so, like you, I had some concern about how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs
Every business needs regularly-scheduled tune-ups. Just like with automobile maintenance, tune-ups keep things running smoothly. They’re most effective in maintaining performance when they’re done regularly.
From the Freelance Road Trip mailbag: A Freelance Road Trip (FRT) member shared an experience with a non-paying client. The member gave me permission to
What do you do about scope creep? Should you avoid it? Should you agree to it? The affect of scope creep — when a scope of work
Have you ever gotten involved on a project and then realized that neither the project nor the client is ideal? The project that was going to
Avoid awkward moments and misunderstandings about getting paid for your freelance work. Prepare written agreements for each client that outlines the type of work you will do, how much you will charge for it, and how you want to be paid. You cannot make a living by doing favors.
One of the huge differences between a salaried worker and a freelancer is that freelancers need to always be looking for work. Freelance work consists
Misunderstandings can exist between clients and freelance designers regarding their working relationships. Questions of who owns what, what files are provided to the client, when and
The essential difference between copyright and trademark can be summed up this way: copyright protects the person while trademark protects the property.
Let’s begin with the premise that design, illustration and photography are service professions, and that being a professional means you’re in business. You’re making a
Before working with a designer, a client should prepare for that relationship. Often, businesses will request a web site or a logo – a single
All too often a business or organization seeks a designer to execute an untested, unrefined idea as quickly and cheaply as possible. A business that’s design-oriented will not regard design as an afterthought but as the basis for its marketing communications and brand awareness.
To be promoted in our design-driven culture, a product must be packaged in such a way that it becomes meaningful to the person using it, so that they become an evangelist for it. This requires thoughtful planning and execution of a design strategy
Clients have a choice when selecting creative services: They can go the cheap route and buy a logo through a crowdsource or contest web site where