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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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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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 ...
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How competitive is the Illustration field?

20-ish years ago, I graduated with a fine art degree and became an art teacher, but now (for reasons I don't particularly want to go into here), I no longer wish to teach. Ideally, I would like to ...
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Graphic design freelancer uses Helvetica for my company's web design, software GUI design, and logo

My company makes software. I hired a graphic design freelancer (and payed a fixed xxx €) to do my company's website design, software GUI design, logo He used Helvetica. The parts using Helvetica ...
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How to find long-term clients?

I currently freelance and have one main client. However, work has been slowing down and I'd like to add more long-term clients instead of chasing one-offs. What is the best way to go about this? I ...
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What do I need to know about fonts

I am interested in selling my designs/doing some freelance work, but I'm not sure how most designers handle fonts. Do graphic designers make their own fonts? If I already have fonts like Arial and ...
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What's a UK graphic design company's SIC code (Standard Industrial Classification) on Companies House?

Updating the details for my freelance design company online with UK's Companies House, I was asked to enter its SIC code (Standard Industrial Classification). Normally this would be: SIC Code 7336 ...
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Can I use free resources to create banners?

I was wondering if I can use free resources such as freepik.com content to create online banner ads for my clients? Is it legal to do so?
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Do I own the rights to show my designs in my portfolio?

I was hired as a freelancer to do some work for a company. I made a design that I love which included some of the company's data within it. I asked to put it on my portfolio and they got very ...
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How to set up a website to sell my own products? [duplicate]

I'm an artist, and I want to run a website which can sell my prints of my art, where I can write blog posts, upload products, edit photos, manage customers, etc. But I can't do all these things by ...
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How do you overcome indecision when designing for yourself?

I am a successful freelance web designer. I find client projects easy, I usually hit the nail on the head first time for 90% of the design work I do - regardless of what style it is: boutique cake ...
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Examples of a $5000 website. (For a guide on pricing) [closed]

I realize this may sound like a strange question (and hopefully relevant for this site). I am starting up freelancing and am unsure about what I should charge for various jobs. Would other ...
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Pros and cons of running a freelance design business from home

When running a small (as in, one person) freelance graphic design business full-time, what are the pros and cons of working from home? I'm just wondering if anyone has experience running a studio ...
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Help me decide my business name [closed]

I've been freelancing as a graphic designer for some time now marketing myself with my real name and it's been bugging me for quite some time now. I really want to change that. The issue is not that ...
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What should be in a job contract?

Inspired by the great answers from this question, what are things you would include in a graphic design job contract? Are there items or conditions you would have in a freelance contract that aren't ...
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How much should a computer science undergrad charge for web design/development services, when just starting out? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What price should I charge for design services? I'm a computer science undergraduate and have recently successfully applied for a web-design job but have a few questions. ...
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Title for a company owner/freelancer doing design, web dev, writing and photography

I'm about to branch off into the freelance world. I'm starting an LLC and I'd like some input on what I should title myself as the owner. For example "creative specialist" or "creative technician" or ...
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Should designers put ALL of their works in their portfolio?

I've been freelancer for many years as a graphic designer and web developer. In the last few days I've found myself filling a huge portfolio for a creative company - videos, websites, branding and ...
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$300 Logo Redesign as “Trial” Project for Possible Full-time Position

I’ve been freelancing for around seven years now, but I’m not sure how to handle this situation. I have a startup interested in me for an interface design position, but they want to do a trial project ...
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Are there any low-cost freelance websites for doing Apple watch app mockup? [closed]

I have an image I would like displayed on an Apple watch but I'm brand new to mobile app marketing. I'm hoping I could find a place which might point me in the right direction.
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App interface design pricing [duplicate]

I am a freelance graphic designer, but also a full time student with a full time retail job. In my regular job I do no design work. The freelance has not been very often, because of how busy I am. I ...
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Billing clients for resource expenses

I could use some other designers insights. I'm a freelancer and often I make purchases for my clients - stock photos, website plug ins, domain names, etc. 50% of the time I simply make these ...
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What can a designer do if a client claims that the work delivered is unacceptable and refuses to pay?

I recently had an experience with a client that was a bit messy, and now they don't want to pay for the work I did. They needed some presentation decks, one of which needed to be editable (text to ...
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First client's partner demands free website redesign, wants deposit returned - moral dilemma

Sorry in advance for the long read. I'm 22 years old and just finished university for graphic design. I was approached by a small business which wanted me to design them a logo, stationery, and a ...
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What if client doesn't like any logo design concept?

I'm in a process of creating Graphic Design contract. I've decided to provide each client with 3 logo concepts and 3 rounds of revision. Ideally, I would create 3 concepts and client will chose one, ...
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Working with minimal direction and no feedback from client

I have a client who is "too busy" to provide direction (or even feedback) regarding his new marketing materials. I have brochure cover ideas that are going in vastly different directions. Do I show ...
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How much to charge for projects transferred to you? [closed]

I've been doing freelance design for a while, and some marketing agency is interested in my work. They want to transfer projects to me, most likely when they have a big workload. They offered me 50% ...
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Know any books on copyright, trademarks, starting a freelance business for graphic designers?

I want to have a firm grasp of these topics and I don't know where to start. I want to know how to copyright my work, the differences between copyrights and trademarks as well as how to legally ...
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What podcasts should every freelance designer listen to?

I listen to many podcasts every day. When I'm in my car, on my bike, before I fall asleep, and in other rooms in the house that I shouldn't mention here. Most of them are about the business side of ...