A Graphic Design Student's Guide to Freelance

Practice Makes Perfect
Author: Ben Hannam
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118397045
Category: Design
Page: 240
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A complete guide to freelance graphic design—created specifically for design students Why wait until you graduate? Freelancing is a great way to jumpstart your career in graphic design. It lets you apply what you've been learning in school, close the gaps in your education with real-world experience, enhance your portfolio—and make a little money at the same time. A Graphic Design Student's Guide to Freelance: Practice Makes Perfect covers everything you need to know to begin successfully freelancing as a designer, including how to set up your business, deal with legal and financial issues, find clients, and work with them effectively. This full-color guide is divided into sections that correspond to your particular skill level as a student—beginner, intermediate, or advanced. These sections give you specific tasks and goals to help your freelance design work go smoothly as you progress from your very first professional job to gain experience with a range of projects and clients and prepare to move into a full-time graphic design career once you complete your studies. Complete with sample forms available online (invoices, a proof approval form, job jacket, and more) and 175 color images, including samples of paid work created by students, A Graphic Design Student's Guide to Freelance: Practice Makes Perfect will help you navigate the world of freelance design with confidence. Inside this book, you will learn to: Write a business plan Purchase key equipment Set rates and draw up contracts Find and manage clients Create and show concepts Market your company Expand your business Develop your portfolio And more

The Graphic Designer's Business Survival Guide


Author: Lawrence Daniels
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 0814432425
Category: Art
Page: 240
View: 1827
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Graphic design is a crowded, highly competitive world. And it takes a lot more than raw talent and technical ability to make it as an independent designer. Successful graphic designer and entrepreneur, Larry Daniels exposes the weak spot of so many: the critical business side of running even a one-person design firm. Designers often prioritize aesthetics over a client's needs, and ignore basic business skills such as writing, record keeping, and relationship building. This practical insider’s guide explains how to build a profitable, sustainable design business. Packed with sample agreements, letters, forms, and more, it reveals how to:• create a website and portfolio that highlight design solutions•, do pre-pitch research and deliver winning presentations, prepare inviting proposals that win lucrative contracts•, establish a reliable system for tracking billable hours (and staying solvent), use cold-calling strategies even sales phobics can master•, quantify design decisions in ways that business management can relate to and respect, and break out of “freelancer” mode to highly compensated creative consultant. The field of design is littered with failures. To stand out and succeed, you need to be professional, efficient, and focused on the bottom-line results that clients value. The Graphic Designer's Business Survival Guide shows you how.

My Creative (Side) Business

The Insightful Guide to Turning Your Side Projects Into a Full-Time Creative Business
Author: Monika Kanokova
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783950396799
Category:
Page: 236
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Are you sick of being a freelancer with an irregular income? Do you ask yourself every single month how much you'll earn? Worried you won't have any new upcoming clients at all? My Creative (Side) Business is a book for smart creatives who desire to focus on their creative output and monetize their work. Whether you're trying to figure out a slow strategic way to become a creative freelancer and want to kick off a real plan, or whether you're determined to find ways to create regular income streams doing what you enjoy, this book will help you do just that. This practical guide offers stories of entrepreneurial women within the creative industries who turned their side projects into full-time businesses with multiple income streams. Filled with tips, tricks, stories, and interviews, it's a book you'll go back to multiple times in the future. *** We're grateful My Creative (Side) Business has been reviewed by amazing people we greatly admire: Sean Blanda, editor-in-chief and director at 99U: "With so much blustery, useless career advice out there, #MCFSB is a revelation: actionable, practical advice that you can use the moment you put down the book. A must-read for those looking to develop their side hustle." Katy Cowan, founding editor of Creative Boom and MD at Boomerang PR: "Packed full of inspiring interviews with women all across the world who have successfully gone freelance or turned their side projects into multiple revenue streams, it's something even the most established business owner should add to their reading list." Paul Jarvis, creator of the Creative Class: "I truly believe side projects are necessary for all freelancers. Monika does a brilliant job summing up why, as well as how, to tackle them in this book!" Kate Kendall, founder and CEO at Cloudpeeps: "The future of work is changing. More and more creatives are building long-term freelance businesses. Monika draws out the wisdom from a community of women who have been there and done that, setting you up for the best success." John Lee Dumas, founder and host of Entrepreneur on Fire: "Excellent read for entrepreneurs who are ready to be challenged to think outside of the box about their businesses and IGNITE." *** We've interviewed Sara Combs, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Maaike Boot, Sophie C Ryba, Elise Blaha, Julieta Ulanovsky, Susan Schmitz, Shayna Oliveira, Sarah Eichhorn, Joanna Penn, Jamie Seerman aka Jaymay, Patty Golsteijn, Helen Johannessen, and Lisa Glanz for this book.

The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-timers, and the Self-employed

The Only Personal Finance System for People with Not-so-regular Jobs
Author: Joseph D'Agnese,Denise Kiernan
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 0307453669
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 306
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Shares strategies for accumulating real-world wealth while staying independently employed, distilling lessons from a variety of sources effectively used by the authors during the recent financial crisis.

Start & Run a Graphic Design Business


Author: Michael Huggins
Publisher: Self-Counsel Press
ISBN: 1770408428
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 200
View: 8637
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There are minimal costs involved in starting a graphic design business which makes it an attractive opportunity for anyone with an artistic eye. All that is required is a computer, an Internet connection, and design skills. It’s the kind of business that can easily be run from your home! The graphic design business has changed significantly over the past few years. The popularity of photo- and art-sharing websites and social networking sites, and the low barriers to setting up websites have driven a demand for fresh new graphics and provided numerous opportunities for graphic artists to reach new markets and customers. This book will show you how to capitalize on these opportunities, market your business, find clients, and stay organized. Like all books in the Start & Run series, this book is written in an easy, step-by-step format. The included download kit has forms and worksheets that will help you develop a successful business.

Work for Money, Design for Love

Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Starting and Running a Successful Design Business
Author: David Airey
Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 0133052753
Category: Computers
Page: 288
View: 7767
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Unlike other dry business books, this refreshing, straightforward guide from Logo Design Love author and international designer David Airey answers the questions all designers have when first starting out on their own. In fact, the book was inspired by the many questions David receives every day from the more than 600,000 designers who visit his three blogs (Logo Design Love, Identity Designed, and DavidAirey.com) each month. How do I find new clients? How much should I charge for my design work? When should I say no to a client? How do I handle difficult clients? What should I be sure to include in my contracts? David’s readers–a passionate and vocal group–regularly ask him these questions and many more on how to launch and run their own design careers. With this book, David finally answers their pressing questions with anecdotes, case studies, and sound advice garnered from his own experience as well as those of such well-known designers as Ivan Chermayeff, Jerry Kuyper, Maggie Macnab, Eric Karjaluoto, and Von Glitschka. Designers just starting out on their own will find this book invaluable in succeeding in today’s hyper-networked, global economy.

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer

Revised Edition
Author: Michael Fleishman
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1581159323
Category: Design
Page: 256
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Technology has sent shockwaves of change through the world of commercial art. Digital illustration and design, online portfolio sites, and the proliferation of stock art have radically changed the way that illustrators and graphic designers work. What has not changed, however, is the wealth of illustrators and graphic designers hoping to turn their talent into freelance success. More than ever, artists face questions such as how to get started, how to sell their work, how to promote themselves, and what to do once they are working. For those embarking on freelance careers in illustration or graphic design, the answers have arrived. A twenty-five year veteran in the field, Michael Fleishman, has detailed every business aspect of commercial art in Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer.

The Creative Professional's Guide to Money

How to Think About It, How to Talk About it, How to Manage It
Author: Ilise Benun
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440315191
Category: Design
Page: 240
View: 7344
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The Creative Professional's Guide to Money teaches creatives everything they need to know about the financial side of running a creative business. Creatives - which include anyone promoting their own creative services (designers, copywriters, photographers, illustrators, interior designers, web designers, and more) - are great at their work, but when it comes to running the financial side of their business, most would rather not talk about it. This book focuses on proven techniques and resources used by a wide range of successful creatives to manage their business finances. Expert advisers are interviewed on topics such as accounting, taxes, contracts and financial planning. Using examples, case studies, and real-life stories from actual creatives, this book addresses: How to build the financial structure of a creative business from the ground up How to set up and achieve long-term financial goals and plan for a prosperous retirement Common financial mistakes small business owners make and how to avoid them How to handle taxes and insurance How to perform day-to-day accounting tasks How to create a budget and adhere to it What to charge for work and how to determine a profit margin How to talk about money with clients and prospects

The Business Side of Creativity

The Complete Guide for Running a Graphic Design Or Communications Business
Author: Cameron S. Foote
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393730937
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 430
View: 1428
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The Complete Guide for Running a Graphic Design or Communications Business, Updated EditionThe most comprehensive business companion available for those just starting out or expanding operations in the design field.This updated edition of an industry standard furnishes all freelance graphic designers, art directors, illustrators, copywriters, and design-shop principals with the tools needed to move ahead in the design business. From getting launched to running a multiperson shop to retiring comfortably, this book covers it all and includes sample business forms.

The Freelancer's Bible

Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms
Author: Sara Horowitz,Toni Sciarra Poynter
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 0761175059
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 496
View: 6452
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Amazingly, one-third of the American workforce is freelance—that’s 42 million people who have to wrestle with not just doing the work, but finding the work, then getting paid for the work, plus health care, taxes, setting up an office, marketing, and so on. Now help is here, and consultants, independent contractors, the self-employed, “solopreneurs,” and everyone else living a freelancer’s life will never be alone again but instead can be part of a strong and vibrant community. Written by the authority on freelance working, Sara Horowitz, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and founder of the national Freelancers Union and, most recently, the Freelancers Insurance Company, The Freelancer’s Bible will help those new to freelancing learn the ropes, and will help those who’ve been freelancing for a while grow and expand. It’s the one-stop, all-encompassing guide to every practical detail and challenge of being a nimble, flexible, and successful freelancer: the three essentials of getting clients and the three most important ways to keep them happy. Five fee-setting strategies. Thirteen tactics for making it through a prolonged dry spell. Setting up a home office vs. renting space. The one-hour contract. A dozen negotiating dos and don’ts. Building and maintaining your reputation. Dealing with deadbeats. Health Insurance 101. Record-keeping and taxes. Productivity, including a quiz: “What Is Your Ideal Day?” Building a community. Subcontracting and other strategies for taking your freelancing career to the next level. Retirement plans, plans for saving for education, and how to achieve financial freedom.

The AIGA Guide to Careers in Graphic and Communication Design


Author: Juliette Cezzar
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501323679
Category: Design
Page: 224
View: 1457
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What graphic design is, what designers need to know, and who becomes a designer have all evolved as the computer went from being a tool to also becoming our primary medium for communication. How jobs are advertised and how prospective candidates communicate with prospective employers have changed as well, as has the culture and context for many workplaces, requiring new approaches for how to find your first (and last) position. Through clear prose, a broad survey of contexts where designers find themselves in the present day, and interviews with designers, The AIGA Guide to Careers in Graphic and Communication Design is an invaluable resource for finding your place in this quickly changing and growing field. The book includes interviews with over 40 designers at all levels working in-house and out-of-house in studios, consultancies, or alone, including: Nicholas Blechman, The New Yorker; Rob Giampietro, Google; Njoki Gitahi, IDEO; Hilary Greenbaum, Whitney Museum; Holly Gressley, Vox Media; Cemre Güngör, Facebook; Natasha Jen, Pentagram; Renda Morton, The New York Times; and Alisa Wolfson, Leo Burnett Worldwide.

The Complete Guide to Freelancing

Become Your Own Boss, Do What You Love, and Make Money Doing It
Author: Ian Balina,Peer Hustle Inc.
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780998460222
Category:
Page: N.A
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The Business Side of Creativity: The Complete Guide to Running a Small Graphics Design or Communications Business (Third Updated Edition)


Author: Cameron S. Foote
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393733280
Category: Design
Page: 432
View: 6040
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Hailed by one reviewer as the creative business "bible," and considered the authoritative book on the subject for over ten years, The Business Side of Creativity is back, updated and revised to include even more invaluable facts, tips, strategies, and advice for beginning creatives. Every year the market for creative services expands, but the competition is increasing even faster. Today, success hinges not on talent alone, but on a thorough understanding of the business side of creativity. The Business Side of Creativity is the most comprehensive business companion available to freelance graphic designers, art directors, illustrators, copywriters, and agency or design-shop principals. Cameron S. Foote, a successful entrepreneur and editor of the Creative Business newsletter, guides you step-by-step through the process of being successfully self-employed - from getting launched as a freelancer to running a multiperson shop to retiring comfortably, and everything in between. Sample business forms and documents to help put the information into practice are included in the appendixes, and are available for downloading at www.creativebusiness.com/bizbook.html. How should you organize? What should you charge? What marketing techniques yield the best returns? How do you know when it's right to expand? What are the most effective strategies for managing employees? How can you build salable equity? The Business Side of Creativity delves into these questions and hundreds more and gives you practical, real-world answers and invaluable expert advice.

Freelance Design in Practice


Author: Cathy Fishel
Publisher: HOW Books
ISBN: 9781600613029
Category: Design
Page: 208
View: 1213
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Presents advice and strategies for freelance designers covering such topics as finances, legal matters, referrals, clients, partners, time management, and self-evaluation.

A Graphic Design Student's Guide to Freelance

Practice Makes Perfect
Author: Ben Hannam
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118397045
Category: Design
Page: 240
View: 3718
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A complete guide to freelance graphic design—created specifically for design students Why wait until you graduate? Freelancing is a great way to jumpstart your career in graphic design. It lets you apply what you've been learning in school, close the gaps in your education with real-world experience, enhance your portfolio—and make a little money at the same time. A Graphic Design Student's Guide to Freelance: Practice Makes Perfect covers everything you need to know to begin successfully freelancing as a designer, including how to set up your business, deal with legal and financial issues, find clients, and work with them effectively. This full-color guide is divided into sections that correspond to your particular skill level as a student—beginner, intermediate, or advanced. These sections give you specific tasks and goals to help your freelance design work go smoothly as you progress from your very first professional job to gain experience with a range of projects and clients and prepare to move into a full-time graphic design career once you complete your studies. Complete with sample forms available online (invoices, a proof approval form, job jacket, and more) and 175 color images, including samples of paid work created by students, A Graphic Design Student's Guide to Freelance: Practice Makes Perfect will help you navigate the world of freelance design with confidence. Inside this book, you will learn to: Write a business plan Purchase key equipment Set rates and draw up contracts Find and manage clients Create and show concepts Market your company Expand your business Develop your portfolio And more

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Web Designer


Author: Neil Tortorella
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1581158602
Category: Computers
Page: 256
View: 2343
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Break out of the cubicle and gain the business savvy you need to launch your own freelance web design business with Starting Your Career as a Freelance Web Designer! Written by seasoned pro Neil Tortorella, this book guides web designers step-by-step down the path to success and helps them avoid common pitfalls. Jam-packed with practical know-how, this book also contains the wisdom and advice of noted industry authorities and business leaders. Readers will learn how to draft a solid business plan, negotiate contracts, manage time and money, deal with taxes, manage projects and clients, determine rates, and create winning proposals.

The Creative Business Guide to Running a Graphic Design Business (Revised)


Author: Cameron S. Foote
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393733297
Category: Design
Page: 416
View: 2190
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The go-to guide for graphic designers who want to run their own shop and improve their bottom line. First published in 2001, The Creative Business Guide to Running a Graphic Design Business set long-needed standards as the first comprehensive management manual for the graphic design industry. Now brought up-to-date, it describes current, best-practice procedures for firms of all sizes operating in an industry that is both fast-evolving and increasingly competitive.

The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers


Author: Alison Branagan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474250564
Category: Art
Page: 344
View: 7819
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This second edition of the best-selling, comprehensive handbook The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers will appeal to a wide range of artists, makers, designers, and photographers looking to set up and establish an arts practice or design business within the visual arts and creative industries. With fully revised content, three new chapters, and profiles of contemporary artists and designers from around the world, this guide leads the reader through the most important aspects of setting up and growing a profitable enterprise. Providing the vital knowledge and tools to develop a vision and achieve business growth, topics include: - Building networks and successful negotiation tactics - Promoting an engaging social media presence - Business planning and money management - Overview of legal, tax and intellectual property issues - Setting up a website and trading online - Exploiting innovation and future trends As well as specially tailored enterprise exercises and useful diagrams, this latest edition features apt quotations and indispensable resources including an extensive glossary and a list of key professional bodies and organisations based in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and South America. This handbook is printed in a dyslexic-friendly font and includes new illustrated mind maps and colour pictures throughout.

Start Your Own Graphic Design Business


Author: George Sheldon
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
ISBN: 1599181630
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 138
View: 1175
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Design Something For Yourself-A Successful Business! It's time to make your mark in the world of graphic design. There's no doubt you've imagined it-placing your name and logo on business cards, taking creative control and being your own boss. Why not turn your fantasy into reality? Whether you want to start a part-time graphic design business, a full-time operation or build a substantial company with a full staff of graphic designers, everything you need to get started is at your fingertips. Learn the basic requirements, startup costs, day-to-day operations and even what to do when things don't go as planned. Industry experts and successful graphic designers share what they've learned and give you the motivation and priceless tips and tricks to help you reach success. Learn how to: Discover your market and their needs Choose a business environment that works for you Create a business brand that gets noticed Write a marketing plan that captures clients and creates referrals Develop profitable client relationships Set your fees Boost profits by expanding your specialty or your business Combine your creativity with Entrepreneur's expert advice-and design your own successful graphic design business today!

The Interior Design Business Handbook

A Complete Guide to Profitability
Author: Mary V. Knackstedt
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118328205
Category: Architecture
Page: 560
View: 5490
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Thousands of interior design professionals have come to rely on The Interior Design Business Handbook for comprehensive, accessible coverage of the essential procedures, tools, and techniques necessary to manage a successful interior design business. The Fifth Edition of this essential resource has been revised to address the latest trends and changes in the field, with new and updated material on business size and structure, building a brand, client development, social networking and Internet marketing, finances, purchasing, technology and software programs, and other key areas. Complete with more than 75 sample forms and letters, this Fifth Edition is a one-stop resource for all aspects of establishing and running an interior design business—from choosing a location and managing day-to-day operations to growing a business and putting it up for sale. All of the techniques and procedures in the book are rooted in real-world experience and are used daily in successful design firms throughout the United States. Filled with valuable information for solo practices and small firms as well as larger businesses, this book is an indispensable resource for seasoned professionals as well as interior designers who are at the start of their career.