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You are missing three things from your contract: 1) A down payment. When writing up a contract, you get a percentage of money before you do any work, to cover exactly this scenario (that you do everything and the client hates it and refuses to pay). 2) A kill fee, which is an amount (flat or percentage) which is paid when one side or the other cancels the ...


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I always list freelancing on my resume. Always have. I'd look, well, dead today career-wise without it. For the sake of clarity, I merely list notable clients I've worked with as a freelancer. In addition I'm a firm believer any resume should be one page. I don't care how great you feel something is, all content should be displayed on a single page. ...


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You should absolutely include your freelance experience! Any relevant work should be included on a resume. People looking at resumes are very much interested in learning about the type of work you can create. Looking at the work you have created helps give a good impression of what that really is. As such, your resume should focus around the work you've ...


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You have two options. 1) As several people have noted above, if this guy wants to hire you as a professional, treat him as a professional. Prep for a design briefing, whether it's in person or a questionnaire which he fills out. Go over your process. Formally inquire about his budget and his deadlines. Explain how you operate. Explain the terms of your ...


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Like any business relationship, both parties need to feel like they are a good fit for each other. From a purely business standpoint, there's nothing wrong with saying "Thanks. I've reviewed the project scope and I don't think I'm going to be the best fit for you for this project." Granted, you have an additional personal situation here where you share a ...


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"Sorry. I've had some changes recently and I just won't have the time to focus on your project at the level I feel it deserves. You would probably be better served by finding another designer for your XXXXXXXX." If asked for further explanation, just refuse to explain stating "There are just some unavoidable things I need to attend to." If he tells you ...


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It sounds like what you're actually asking for is how to say "No". I understand that you don't want to sound like you're bailing on him, but that honestly shouldn't be your main concern. If you feel like it would be a nightmare client, don't start the work and just politely say that you've changed your mind and that you don't think you guys would be a right ...


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They way I do it is that I consider myself as an employee. Let me give you my example: Say I have a client that wants a brochure design, and print 5000 copies. I calculate how long is going to take me to design that brochure, and calculate the price on an hourly bases. I calculate how much I would pay an employee (my self) plus all the standard monthly ...


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Forgive if I'm rude here. Design is one of the profesions that has prostituted the most. Why do anyone has to pay a penny if there are always new insecure people who has no previus clients? "so this would look good on my portfolio" Your portafolio will look good if it has good work. So why don't you concentrate in making good work to show? You say ...


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There are better options than doing free work for clients. Open Source projects Personal projects Student projects (come up with your own design brief and design to that) The problem with soliciting for free work is that you tend to get clients that don't value design work to begin with. And for design to be good, you need both a good designer, and a ...


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I started out much like you my friend, I had a lot of talent and skills and no real knowledge of how to put these things to use, obviously I had a little bit of learning to do so what I did in my spare time was contact companies in my local area that I was interested in, and either did some work on my own, and brought it in to ask what they think, or id ...


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Have you tried offering your services to your community? Places always in need of graphic designers include: Religious communities (churches) Community centres Amateur theatre groups Support groups (i.e. AA) Schools Immigration welcoming groups Senior communities Condominiums By the way, you can always do these things without saying explicitly "hey, I am ...


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I suggest that you contribute to an open source project.


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If the reason that you want to be able to explain your work is so you can win them as a client - the goal here is to persuade. The best way to persuade is to speak to the heart of why they are hiring you. Every client that comes to you isn't coming to you just because they want graphic design but because they require the result of what graphic design brings ...



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