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    Member manu66 will become famous soon enough
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    I disagree

    Quote Originally Posted by hmd View Post
    Stand out from the crowd! Use latest technology and offer the best price. Imagine you're a "sniper" and the rest are all "hunting" you. What would you do to "eliminate" them? :-)
    So I guess once you've shot all your competitors and you're the only graphic designer left in the universe you can start raising your prices and stop selling full-fledged corporate images for 20 bucks?

    This site is also about sharing and helping others, you would be nowhere without them and the best price is a commonly agreed price, otherwise you're just dumping.

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    it's good to start, but sometimes it's difficult, because you don't have schedules, and that's something bad

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    Everything must be said and negotiated from the beginning !

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    definately a lot of pre-production to get on an even playing field.

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    I have pretty basic rules:

    - Work does not start until I have the contract signed and reviewed.
    - Everything I need to do is written in the contract. Everything extra is paid extra.
    - I don't save client files. Once I deliver the files, they're deleted from my HDD and it's up on the client to save them.
    - I prefer to add my work to my portfolio, but sometimes the client wants me to hold off on adding until X time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by websta View Post
    Ask for half up front, and half upon completion.
    Yep.
    I've had clients die on me and had to write the job off. Didn't want to ask the widow to cough up. So ask for cash while they're still breathing.

    Don't do extra stuff for free. If they ask for "a Word version of the book" later, I charge for it. It takes me at least 1/2 an hour to export and make it work. I try to explain what's involved, but clients still believe every file format is one click away from Word.
    Or a low res image of the cover for a website.
    Or HTML of the first chapter.
    etc, etc.

    Keep backups, forever.
    I just had an author I did a book for 20 years ago come back for a 2nd edition. Charged a small fee for providing the original text (that came on floppy disk in IBM Displaywriter back in the day).


    Quote Originally Posted by Miksa View Post
    - I don't save client files. Once I deliver the files, they're deleted from my HDD and it's up on the client to save them.
    I understand that if the client expects you to keep a backup then if you don't, you get hassles. Or maybe, they claim you tried to steal their design/book. But I've been doing it for over 20 years and never had any problem,and it's come in very useful, many books go into a 2nd, 3rd edition. or want it in a different format a month later and it'd be hell to go back to the original files each time. And I cannibalise my old files all the time.
    Last edited by Bodoni; 04-11-2015 at 08:51 AM.

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    Billing tip

    One thing I wish I figured out earlier: tie payments to dates, not deliverables. So instead of "50% due upon completion" have "50% due on July 1, 2015" so it doesn't matter if the client holds up the process, you can still send an invoice on that date.

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