Posted 10.11.2017 @ 9.24PM
I'm going to keep that in mind although my client base tends to be small but fairly stable so I don't want to experiment on them. LOL!
NOOB's BEWARE! ;)
I once read "Increase your prices tenfold. You'll lose 90% of your clients but be doing 10% of the work for the same money".
That's one I'd be pretty reluctant to try.
Posted 09.11.2017 @ 8.43PM
This got me thinking.
The freelancers on here should be familiar with the "feast or famine" carry on.
Someone contacts you out of the blue, usually when the emergency baked beans are running low and we have to quote for the job.
Do I low-ball and get the gig or price fair and risk losing it?
One thing that I have found is that pricing fair will separate the bad clients from the good.
The ones that will pay the rate seem to respect you more for what you're doing whilst the opposite is true for the hagglers.
The hagglers tend to be the difficult clients that don't seem to respect you and have you jumping through hoops, changing the goal posts, design by committee and so on.
I also find these kind of projects never end up as well as they could.
It's not always the same as some of my clients are creative professionals themselves and these tend to be a dream to work with both financially and creatively.
I'm not sure if it's a psychology thing but a clients respect for you and their behaviour often seem to be linked to what they're paying you.
I've done jobs for people as favours and not charged them a thing.
These turn out to be the worst of all and the hardest work.
I've given them something that would normally have cost £1,00o's and it's like I'm handing over a cheese sandwich.
Also, when you work for free or cheap then you won't do your best work as there isn't the motivation to do so.
I'm crap at business and it's hard when the wolves are at the door but I'm finding more and more....
Quote fair and stick to your guns!
Posted 09.11.2017 @ 7.47PM
I am SO informal with this kind of thing but I've experienced both sides.
Like @DAVE I've had clients say "No. That's not enough".
I've also had clients saying "We usually only pay half of that".
I hate costing. :(
That sounds interesting. Would love to see what you do (if you're not NDA'd that is).
Posted 27.10.2017 @ 2.05AM (Edited 27.10.2017 @ 2.08AM)
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Isn't that three areas?
Posted 10.11.2017 @ 3.32PM
@Scotty Everything you said is totally on point.
I once came across an interesting theory about pricing once, that has stuck with me: If all of your prospective clients immediately accept your quote without haggling then you are underquoting. If around 20% of your quotes are rejected because the client considers them too high then you have found the sweet spot for your target market.
Posted 30.08.2017 @ 10.55PM
haha so good @scotty
I've been working on launching my own clothing brand, I had a pop up shop here in Brisbane the weekend just gone, it went well. Here's some photos of the shirts and such, I'll be launching the online store in about a week or so, feel free to follow me on instagram too - https://www.instagram.com/on.our.own.co/
Posted 26.08.2017 @ 11.29AM
@Scotty all of what you said resonates with me - I've been working in the industry for over 14 years, both in an agency and as an inhouse corporate designer and when you place a dollar value on a job, it does change a client's psychology about the work and how the process rolls through. Although they have indicated that there is more work to come, given the current situation and how the design process has been treated so far, I think I'm going to politely decline being able to do more work until they can pay for any upcoming projects that they would like done.
It's a shame that some clients only see the designer as a means to an end, rather than an experienced professional with good advice and industry experience so they know what they're talking about when presenting concepts and rationale behind creative work. Anyone with off-the-shelf software these days thinks they can call themselves a designer, it's almost laughable except I've seen it too many times to count.
@Dan well I certainly am going to stand up for myself, I was just wanting some opinions on how to carefully word a response while still being professional about it all. I have grown many 'pairs' during my career but wanted to open a discussion with my fellow designers as a sounding board to this predicament. Thanks for your feedback.
Posted 30.07.2017 @ 9.43AM
It's retail @Dan, Coles for a couple of months. I hear you, I had a short term contract at KPMG once, very dry - they didn't even have cake (mind you they've sponsored a few events I've run and they put on a good spread there).
I'm with you @scotty on being an employee. I'm looking forward to getting into the onsite gym next week though - time to get my pre-baby body back!