Freelancer Battle: What do I charge?

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This is always a tricky little task to conquer as a freelancer. ‘How much do I charge?’ It’s the golden question, really. When I started freelancing I found it hard to understand the ins and outs of it and really who wants to pay eighty dollars an hour for someone they haven’t even heard of.

So there is three things I will suggest and this is only based on the past years experience. But I think I have figured out some sort of system to this great abyss of pricing.

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NO SPEC WORK! Optional Alternatives

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My Brief Beef

It’s been said time and time again in the design industry that Spec Work should be illegal. What is Spec Work? Offering your services/designs/creative abilities for free with little or nothing in return. Back when I was in college — years ago — I was told never to do work for free, never take out the trash before your paid, always work diligently with a contract and make sure there is mutual respect between the client and the designer.

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Trends: Flat Design vs. skeuomorphism vs. handmade?

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Keeping up to date with trends is such an important part of being a successful freelance designer. So, my current battle is the trend of flat design. Which don’t get me wrong I absolutely love clean lines and the crisp colour of flat design. But are we really done with glamification also known as skeuomorphism, or is it just in hiding? I really do agree that there is an equal medium of the two, which I predict will be the next big thing — trying to keep a flat design approach but make it interesting with slight skeuomorphic elements (something I’ve been testing out). And let’s not forget the trend (although not sure if it is a trend per-say because it’s been around for a while) in handmade graphics. So here is a little brief on these three great approaches to design execution and see if we can really predict the next great trend.

Lets start off with a little definition of the three items:


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How to define your Freelance Design Business in 3 simple steps.

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As of February 2014, I decided to leave my job and take on full time freelance. As graphic designer for the past 8 years, working for various companies while doing freelance on the side, I felt this was the perfect time to branch out on my own and follow my dream of working for myself. When faced with the opportunity I knew this would be the best way to learn a whole lot more about the process of design, business, and really embrace my passion. Not to leave out that I have heard freelance is probably one of the most gratifying career moves, and having thick skin is an asset. So first things first, I had to define myself, oh no!

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