Join Petrula Vrontikis for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting a great start when working directly with the client, part of Running a Design Business: Freelancing.
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When working directly with clients, the best way to ensure that the project will…go smoothly and that everyone will be happy is to get a great start.…Here are a couple of strategies that have helped me over the years.…A thorough kickoff meeting is crucial;…it's truly the barometer for how the entire project will go.…In this first meeting you can make a reasonable assessment of their needs,…their budget, and their ability to make decisions, along with their collaborative skills.…In the Resource Files, there's a sheet entitled Questions to Ask at a Kickoff Meeting.…
Use it to make sure you're getting the best start.…This personal interaction gives you valuable clues as to the political dynamic…that will come into play as the project progresses.…Discuss at length to reach a consensus on the most important messages that the…design must communicate, and make sure all the stakeholders agree on them.…These will become the criteria upon which the design ideas will be judged.…Everyone should be in agreement on who the target market is and what the project goals are.…
- What is a freelancer?
- Tracking expenses
- Paying taxes
- Understanding business licenses
- Creating contracts and invoices
- Preparing, transferring, and storing files
- Tracking billing and payments
- Managing your work-life balance
Skill Level Beginner
Running a Design Business: Designer-Client Agreementswith Terry Lee Stone1h 10m Appropriate for all
Running a Design Business: Starting Smallwith Petrula Vrontikis1h 33m Appropriate for all
1. What Is a Freelancer?
3. Agreements and Contracts
4. Professional Practice
5. Organization and Getting Paid
Creating past-due notices2m 47s
6. Long-Term Success Strategies
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