A Graphic Design Student's Guide to Freelance
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A Graphic Design Student's Guide to Freelance

Practice Makes Perfect
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ISBN-13:
9781118341964
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Seiten:
240
Autor:
Ben Hannam
Gewicht:
568 g
Format:
244x172x mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

A Graphic Design Student s Guide to Freelance: Practice Makes Perfect helps graphic design students freelance while in college in order to contextualize the material they are learning in their graphic design classes.
Accessing Digital Files Online viiPreface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
GENERAL INFORMATION
1. INTRODUCTION 1
Filling in the Gaps in Your Education 2
What Is Freelance? 4
Don't Wait until You Graduate 4
About This Book 6
2. WHY SHOULD YOU FREELANCE? 9
Balancing Creativity and Commerce 9
Escaping the Project Mode Mentality 10
Working for Money 18
Working for Trade. 23
Enhancing Your Portfolio 24
Learning to Fail 25
Experience the Thrill of Owning a Business 27
3. PLANNING YOUR BUSINESS 29
Writing a Business Plan 30
Performing a SWOT Analysis 31
Identifying External Factors 39
4. I HAVE A BUSINESS PLAN. NOW WHAT? 43
Choosing a Business Name 43
Talk to a CPA and Fill Out Your LLC Paperwork 49
Apply for an Employer Identifi cation Number 50
Opening a Business Checking Account 52
Getting a Business License 53
BEGINNER LEVEL
5. THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING 55
Goals for Beginning Freelancers 55
Equipment to Purchase 56
How Do You Find Your First Client? 60
What Type of Work Should You Do? 61
Writing a Contract 68
Understanding What's in Your Contract 70
Meeting Your Client 76
Creating Sketches and Concepts 78
Showing Your Client Your Concepts 82
Delivering Your Proof 83
Delivering the Final Product 86
Sending an Invoice 88
Lather, Rinse, Repeat 88
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
6. GAINING MOMENTUM 91
Goals for Intermediate Level Freelancers 91
Equipment to Purchase 92
How Do You Find Clients? 96
What Type of Work Should You Do? 109
Establishing an Internal Work-Flow System 116
Creating a Master Client List 116
Creating a Master Job Tracking List 117
Tracking Your Jobs 118
Archiving Your Work 120
Creating a Business Card 123
Working with Vendors 127
Managing Your Time 130
Documenting Your Process Work 131
Finding an Internship 137
Ethical Considerations 138
ADVANCED LEVEL
7. STRETCHING YOUR WINGS 145
Goals for Advanced Level Freelancers 145
Equipment to Purchase 146
Types of Clients You Should Work With 151
Creating a Web Presence for Your Company 156
Planning for What Comes After School 158
Choosing the Right Portfolio for the Job 159
Choosing the Right Portfolio Pieces 165
Creating a Monthly Budget 171
Creating a PDF Portfolio 173
Submitting a PDF Portfolio 174
What to Say in Your Letter of Interest 175
LANDING A JOB
8. MOVING FORWARD 181
Getting a Job 181
Writing a Resume 183
Preparing for an Interview 191
Negotiating an Offer 200
Tips from Professionals 202
EPILOGUE
9. EPILOGUE 211
Looking Back on Your Experience 211
Resources 215
Index 221
A Graphic Design Student s Guide to Freelance: Practice Makes Perfect helps graphic design students freelance while in college in order to contextualize the material they are learning in their graphic design classes. In doing so, the material in the text assists graphic design students in rounding out and refining their overall education. The book fills an existing gap in the literature connecting the new graphic design college student and the business world. A Graphic Design Student s Guide to Freelance takes students of all academic levels and challenges them to work with a client in order to complement their academic endeavors, make money, and understand the graphic design profession on a deeper level.