Graphic Design: Designers discuss How to calculate charges? Hourly or Flat Rate?

As a graphic designer or creative specialist, whether employed, or freelance, how do you charge for your services? There have been many articles, probably hundreds, and many books written about running a creative business. It all really boils down to how much it costs you to do business, how much you want to make, and how well your market supports your talent and price level. That's simple enough. Yet the question on the lips of many creatives is not necessarily how much to charge, but how to charge it. October 19, 2016

60 Seconds #324: Getting a job in the Web Design field takes a little more than an email

Now that so many have graduated from design schools in the past few weeks, it's time to hit the streets looking for a job. I understand job hunting is tough these days, so it is ever amazing to see how many really, really BAD solicitations we receive. It's amazing. Here another example of a really horrible solicitation. June 15, 2015

Graphic Designers Ask : How much should I charge

This is probably on of the most frequently asked questions in the graphic design business. Everyone is looking for a silver bullet -- but there are no silver bullets. About ever five to ten years someone asks the question and I answer it. I've done so for almost 40+ years. They asked it again in the Design Cafe, so I provided this answer to "how much should I charge?" August 19, 2014

60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls

I first published this article in 1996, and then updated and brushed it up in 2001. I was reading an online article by someone else the other day and it copied this article almost word-for-word. So, I thought I would remind everyone that good business practices really don't go out of style -- this is just as valid as it was more than 20 years ago! August 7, 2014

Karen negotiates for a salary in a design position at a design firm

On one of those blue-sky days when everything is going your way, Karen, who had just graduated in industrial design, landed an internship with a small firm with great work and a wonderful studio overlooking the bay and the mountains beyond. What happens next only Ted Leonhardt can explain, in his continuing series . . . June 19, 2013

Ally Lands A Brand

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. This is the second of the series of five pieces, which explore: How to land a brand design assignment, learning to negotiate, getting a job at the firm of your choice, and taking control of salary negotiations.... April 29, 2013

Carson becomes a professional

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. This is the first of the series of five pieces, which explore: How to land a brand design assignment, learning to negotiate, getting a job at the firm of your choice, and taking control of salary negotiations.... March 26, 2013

IOU: What To Do When the Chips are Down

My friend Susan Kirkland is back again this month with some sage advice for those freelancing or running their own business in the creative world -- trying to survive in an edgy economy. March 19, 2013

National Job Growth Echoes That of Graphic Designers Over Next 10 Years

Smartpress.com has announced a link between the national job market growth and that of the graphic design industry; both slated to expand between 13 and 14 percent over the next 10 years. As the demand for quality graphic designers continues to increase, Smartpress.com offer value tips from the nation's leading experts in new infographic. December 19, 2012

Time Tracking and Billing for Freelancers

Here's another time tracking and billing software application highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices. Fanurio is mainly used by freelancers who prefer a professional solution over pen and paper or spreadsheets to keep accurate records of their time and invoices. July 11, 2012