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Running a Design Business: Designer-Client Agreements
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Running a Design Business: Designer-Client Agreements

with Terry Lee Stone

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(music playing) Hi! I am Terry Lee Stone. I have spent most of my career focused on the business side of creativity, specifically in graphic design. I am here to show you how to write a contract for your design services. I will touch on pricing and how to navigate the complexities of client relationships. Designer-Client Agreements are one of the most important tools you can develop in order to ensure great design and financial success. This is both a business and creative activity.

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Running a Design Business: Designer-Client Agreements
1h 10m Appropriate for all Apr 30, 2013

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As a freelance creative, you need to know how to write proposals and contracts for client-commissioned projects. Learn the basics of writing consulting agreements that are good legal and financial insurance and great tools for communicating with clients. Author Terry Lee Stone also introduces a pricing equation that helps you estimate your costs and charge appropriately for your work and shows how to manage complexities of client relationships, especially when it comes to defining an acceptable number of revisions.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the anatomy of a contract
  • Scoping the project
  • Estimating your costs
  • Subcontracting work
  • Heading off problems
Subjects:
Business Design Freelancing Design Skills Design Business
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Terry Lee Stone

Welcome to the course

(music playing) Hi! I am Terry Lee Stone. I have spent most of my career focused on the business side of creativity, specifically in graphic design. I am here to show you how to write a contract for your design services. I will touch on pricing and how to navigate the complexities of client relationships. Designer-Client Agreements are one of the most important tools you can develop in order to ensure great design and financial success. This is both a business and creative activity.

Lots of creative professionals are intimidated by legal stuff. There may even be a chance that you do business without a contract, maybe you think contracts are too difficult or too much trouble to create. I don't think they have to hard. Contracts are created to protect your interest and allow you to walk through the project with your client. As a legal document they can be useful, but as a communication tool it may well be invaluable. So let's get started.

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