Join Petrula Vrontikis for an in-depth discussion in this video Project management and workflow, part of Running a Design Business: Starting Small.
One of the main challenges designers face when starting their own business is that …their training and their passion is design, not management. …Many small design offices start as one-person businesses. …Designers are trained to be resourceful. We're used to doing everything ourselves. …Making the transition and commitment to grow a business, hire staff and manage …teams requires new tools, structure and organization. …You may find it fairly easy to handle one project, maybe two. …As soon as you get three, four, or five. You have to start managing freelancers, …communicating with clients, making changes, and coordinating with your vendors.…
Your old management systems won't work in your new busy office. …As a designer, you'll be well served to have some visual representation of all …the projects, phases and deadlines clearly visible in your office. …Keeping notes in your smartphone just won't be enough. …Use a whiteboard or project management software to show where each of the …projects are in comparison to the others. Show each project, the phase it's in, and …
- Naming and structuring your business
- Keeping records
- Cultivating business relationships
- Hiring employees and subcontractors
- Creating schedules and managing deadlines
- Understanding industry trends
- Avoiding the pitfalls of spec work
- Promoting your business through social media
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Running a Design Business: Designer-Client Agreementswith Terry Lee Stone1h 10m Appropriate for all
1. A Solid Foundation
2. Structure and Form
3. Getting Work
4. Developing Contracts
5. Keeping It Running
6. The Trends
7. Looking Ahead
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