Join Petrula Vrontikis for an in-depth discussion in this video Learning to say no, part of Running a Design Business: Freelancing.
Learn to say no.…This may be very unpopular advice, but do whatever you can to keep from working…on design projects for your friends and family. Even if they pay you, they are…the worst clients ever.…Designers want to be the hero and they want to be loved, so they take on…projects because people need them but often can't afford to pay them.…It seems like a good idea when you're not busy but as soon as you get busy this…work gets put aside for real jobs with real deadlines and real compensation.…
I've heard stories from many colleagues that blame loved ones for…taking advantage of them.…The truth is they should never have agreed to take on the project in the first place.…My advice is, burn your emotional calories elsewhere and just say no, nicely of…course, and here's how to do it.…Tell family and friends that your schedule is compromised and you would never…want to let them down, that you would hate to under deliver on such an…important project and you wouldn't want to commit to something that could…
- 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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