A few weeks back I asked if there were any questions you’d like me to answer, and addressed them in a ‘Your questions answered’ blog post. You kindly asked additional questions, so here we go with three more.
Kristen (of kristarella.com) asks:
Do you still figure out your prices approximately by the hour? Given that you’ve had a lot of practice you may know how long something might take?
Where logo design projects are concerned, I’ve carried out enough to have a fair idea about set prices. However, sometimes the work required goes outwith the initial project scope. In such cases, the client will already be aware that I charge additional tasks by the hour. So I use a mix of both set rates and hourly charges, depending on the work involved.
That being said, it’s near impossible to accurately forecast how long logo designers spend on individual projects. You can set guidelines, but dealing with clients is unpredictable, as I’m sure you know.
Mike (of Mike Ingham Design) asks:
If graphic design wasn’t your career, what do you think you would have been doing?
When I was growing up (not that I’ve finished yet), I wanted to be many different things. As a child, being a soldier held appeal, then came the fire service, followed by a love of physics and a desire to become an electrician. All this was before I got a real taste for art and design while in school, and this lead me to believe architecture was the path to follow. Looking back, I’m not sure if I’d fancy any of those professions now (with a slight exception made for architecture).
Other than being a graphic designer, I’d love to earn a living as a scuba diving instructor, or a professional footballer (chance would be a fine thing). What about you?
Steve O asks:
Aside from word of mouth, what would you say is the best way to find new work when starting out alone?
Research local businesses. When you first start out in self-employment, it can prove much easier to clinch a deal with someone you can meet face-to-face, as opposed to clients across the globe, so start local.
I’m not sure if that’s the best way to find new work, but it helped me.
Do you have a question you’d like me to answer?
There are some questions from the previous post yet to be answered, and I’ll come to them soon. In the meantime, should you have any additional questions, by all means leave them here in the comments, and thanks for your interest.