Questions tagged [freelance]

Questions about work while self-employed and not committed to a particular employer long-term. Freelancers are sometimes represented by a company or an agency that resells their labor and that of others to its clients with or without project management and labor contributed by its regular employees. Others are completely independent. "Independent contractor" would be the term used in a higher register of English.

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Is it right to use the ideas of non-winning designers in a design contest?

I am a mobile developer. I want to create my own mobile app, so I ran a contest for the mobile design. Many good designers participated in the contest. I get lots of good ideas from almost all of ...
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Transitioning from Fulltime Freelance to Full time job

I am Graphic Designer. I've been fulltime freelancing with a company (say Mickey Mouse) and now I am trying to transition from freelance to a fulltime job in another company ( say Mini Mouse). I am ...
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Where can I find web design projects?

I am a recently graduated graphic designer. I would like to know if there are any worthwhile websites that I could present my portfolio and receive or look for job offers. I have came across the ...
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How should a designer communicate price is negotiable to a client?

While in the stages of a bid, quote, or proposal I was curious how should a designer communicate "price is negotiable" in a professional manner instead of stating the simple fact. I know it's ...
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Need tips on creativity and inspiration [closed]

I am getting into motion graphics, video editing, some 2d and 3d, compositing (the whole vfx pack). I am getting good at handling the software I am using, and have completed a bunch of tutorials and ...
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Resale of design to another client?

To preface, I'm an occasional freelancer (it's not my main income by far) and still fairly new to working with clients. I created a business card design for a client and am showing this design on my ...
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What illustration agencies or service sites provide the greatest benefits to the artists?

[NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION FOR APPLICANTS.] I'm a graphic designer in the fortunate position of having enough work that I'm looking to hire an illustrator for some overflow work. Finding a ...
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Customer Requests (Sometimes) Drive Me Bonkers!

Like lots of you, I do freelance graphic design and content creation (copywriting and traditional artwork, some photography) and generally I have no issue with customer requests and/or complaints, or '...
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What should I do if a potential client claims my pricing is too high?

I gave a possible client a price estimation for concept of a character, and making it 3D as well. Now I find out that my estimation is double what he is paying his current artists. He never mentioned ...
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What is “standard markup” for purchases which need to be passed on to the client?

Let's say I'm designing a site, and Client and I agree that I'm going to purchase a slideshow to use on Client's site. The slideshow code costs $30. I will mark this up to compensate me for my time ...
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Pragmatic or theoretic approach towards designing something (mainly logo/branding)?

So basically, I've been studying graphic design or design of visual communication for 4 years and now entering my final year. I've been studying all the elements such as illustration, photography, ...
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Where can I find the best fonts online?

Sites like Font Squirrel and Space Fonts have some good type faces, but every time I see an effective logo it always has this stellar font that fits the image perfectly. I'm wondering 'where is ...
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I'm a beginner: my client won't answer simple questions I've asked to aid design, what to do?

It's my first time designing for any one Email sent:. Hi [Client]! If you wouldn't mind answering a few questions I need to know so I can communicate your brand better and have a better sight as ...
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Charge for the same design but different client?

I designed a kids handbook for a prayer group a few years ago. I just got an email from the woman I worked with and she said another person from a different place asked if it is possible to somehow ...
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I have a client who keeps asking for quotations but never follows through

I'm fairly new to freelancing and have an issue that I'm not sure how to tackle. I'm still struggling to get paid work so every potential job is very important, however I've had so many time wasters. ...
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How to appropriately charge a client for past resources?

Freelance based question..... Scenario: A piece was designed two years ago. In the piece there are several client-supplied photographs. When the original piece was designed, the only image ...
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How to deal a freelance design project remotely?

When a client approach a designer via social media to make a design job, how to deliver that project to the client keeping a security payment? The designer can't just mail the project and wait for ...
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Selling a logo to a business who did not ask for one

One of my projects in college was to recreate a logo for a local business. The professor picked the business and I do not believe the business owners know about it. Since my logo has won several ...
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How to handle a request for handing over 6 years of working files?

My best client has just employed a new person who is vaguely capable of design work and wants me to upload all my 6 years and 70GB worth of files to their drive so they can update them when they need ...
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Best sources to learn Infographics designing

What is the best online sources to learn infographic designing from begining to master level?
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Charge someone for wasted time?

So I have a guy that I do regular work for but he's flaky at the best of times, sometimes he takes an age to pay, sometimes he "didn't receive the invoice", sometimes he is super vague in his brief "I ...
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Is online freelancing a viable source of income?

Fed up with the university life, I thought I would try to be a freelancer. I am familiar with coding. How can I earn money online as a web designer? Is there any reliable way to earn money? I saw ...
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How should a designer handle the request to repurpose a design?

Scenario: You design a piece for Company A. The piece performs very well for Company A. So much so that they use the piece for several years. Eventually Company A shuts down. A few years later, you ...
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How do I treat requests for work for causes that go against my personal principles?

Recently, I received a request for a quote from a party that promotes and teaches an ideology that diametrically opposes my own beliefs. The job involved designing promotion material for classes and ...
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Client not satisfied with the design. Doesn't want to pay

I have a new client which approved my proposal saying that we will split the project into milestones - first payment after the first milestone (30%). The problems appeared right from the start because ...
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How should I handle a client when they ask for my opinion about another designer's work?

I met a client that currently works with a designer whom I don't know - the client showed me his new logo and asked my opinion about it. I answered that I don't like "grey on grey background". That's ...
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Do you expect a client to pay for a design they don't like?

Situation: a long time client (at this point I've done consistent work for them for about two years) just messaged me saying they do not want me to bill them for the last design I did because it was ...
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How long are designers expected to keep client files?

A client recently emailed me asking for the source files from a project I did for them two years ago. I don't have the source files since it was such a long time ago and the client said it was very ...
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Usage costs for logo animation intro / outro template

As a freelancer I recently produced three web animations for a client. The company has just rebranded and I've been asked to create an animated logo intro / outro template (that's 2 x concepts, ...
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Should I ask for client’s budget before the initial first meeting?

First of all, is it a good idea to ask a potential client for a ballpark budget they are thinking to work with? I just don’t want to meet with somebody who has a very low budget, and who could be ...
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Should I send the source file to a client where the design was built upon their source file?

I created a design for an agency's client based on their client's original mascot design. The final design consists 10% of their original illustration, 40% modified by me for different postures, and ...
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How do I earn more as remote freelance Graphic Designer?

I have worked as a Graphic Designer for almost a year. I was able to earn much more then I expected (I'm autodidact graphic designer), but now I think I have better skills and can price my work higher....
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Should I give a client more logo options after refusing the initial designs?

A client requested a logo design and branding for his start-up; it's business consultancy company. The deal includes 3 logo design options with 7 items designed for the brand, for X amount of money. ...
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Help with Microsoft Powerpoint templates and themes

I am working in a commercial agency. At times clients need custom Powerpoint templates and themes. We don’t have people in our agency with enough skill and knowledge for this kind of job, and few have ...
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Which PC hardware specifications should a Graphic Designer focus on?

I am new to this forum and am looking for some advice on a PC specification which I will be using to re-skill with Adobe CS6. I have played about with Adobe in the past as a web designer but I want ...
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What to do with clients files as I stop consulting?

I've been an independent designer for years, keeping my own clients on top of freelancing/teaching. I'm busier with other things now and planning on stopping work for my clients. At some point, I've ...
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Software to invoice clients [closed]

I'm looking for some apps to create your invoices which I want is simple and free (such as up to 10 invoices a month) can be managed and organized the invoices online. I have a good one in my ...
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Regular client increasing workload

I have been working as a contractor for this company. It is a non-profit company. They pay me a monthly salary. I do their graphic and web work. I first started as a one job, create their website ...
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What to ask client before designing a logo?

What questions do you ask a client before designing their logo? (preferred colour, font, references, etc) And how do you do it exactly? Do you use a template PDF questionnaire/Word doc/Google doc ...
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Do you need permission to use your own work when working for an agency?

For the past year I have been working for an agency as an intern. It is now the end and I want to build a portfolio of the work I have done. Do I need the agency's permission to use the work I ...
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How can a designer explain their work to non-creative people?

One issue I face personally is how can I, as a designer, effectively explain my work to potential clients or people that do not have a creative side. I know how to explain what software or process was ...
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Logo client changed brand in the middle of a project

A client approached me with his brand and asked me to make a logo for him, and I charged a certain amount as upfront payment. Next, the client put the logo on hold, and contacted me once again after ...
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What do you wish you would have known with your first freelance contract? [closed]

My partner and I have begun discussions with the owner of a small business for a full-blown rebranding and marketing strategy (logo design, branding collateral, social media strategy creation, SEO of ...
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What usage rate should I charge? [closed]

What is a good formula for determining a usage rate for clients that want to purchase native files? Thanks for your input, Kristy
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Reaching out to previous agency's former client

A more professional based question, but I think it's a good one. I left my old agency to start pursuing freelance design and development very recently. I recalled a client from 6 months ago that I ...
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Where can I offer a graphic task and only pay the best from several solutions? [closed]

I have a task for graphic design, which I want to outsource online. Ideally I would like to post my task, have several designers post their solutions, and then award the best one of them. Where can ...
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Pricing considerations when doing logo work for an agency as a freelancer

I've read this post and a few others: What price should I charge for design services? And Jessica's Hirsch's Dark Art of Pricing. However, what are the considerations when an agency wants you do to ...
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Can I “donate” source files to non-profit for tax deduction?

I created a template for an 8-page monthly print publication and created the publication for print each month for 7 happy years. The client hired a new PR person who suddenly let me go and demanded my ...
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Client wants to bill me

I work for a small graphic design company. Very small. It's just the owner and myself. I'm technically an independent contractor, although I act more as an employee (I know this is already not a good ...
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Should I send my client the original file of a job? [duplicate]

I have recently accepted a free-lance job to typeset a book in LaTeX for a publisher. I'm not a professional graphic designer, but I have been working with this tool for a long time now. Now I even ...