Reading: On Getting Paid

Response to On Getting Paid by Jessica Hische

Going freelance is a difficult leap for many. The worry of not being able to make steady income or having to work with clients. What I find the most difficult is pricing. Like a contractor, you have to figure out the hours and how much you’re going to be paid. On my first freelance job, I definitely got paid 5 dollar an hour. Getting paid for licensing and rights-management and having a licensing limit makes so much sense.

Pricing should be based on the company you’re working for. If it’s a new start up company, maybe make a compremise for now & then later.

EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION work (magazines and newspapers), you know that the rates are pretty standard across the board: $250-$500 for a spot illustration, $500-$750 for a half page, $1000-$1500 for a full page, $2000-$3000 for a full spread, $1500-$3500 for a cover.

Her advice that talent has value, no matter how up and coming you are never work for less than your value. No matter how cool. Keep the pricing standard. I used to make things for free as a practice, but no more.

I’ve been looking for a summer job, but many are unpaid internships with a possible chance of a job after the 4 months. The argument of experience vs. exposure comes to mind. To get new experience in a different field and not get isn’t very appealing, but there aren’t many paid internships.

I realized working with clients can be difficult and building relationships to get jobs is important, but guidelines need to be set in a contract, so that clients don’t come back with you every 5 min. for a change. I do also make logos and need to figure out how much to charge.

Getting Freelance Jobs for Designers:

Befriend other designers, so that they can refer jobs to designers. Having a portfolio website helps to get jobs as it can be a showcase of your abilities. Doing work for friends is a great place to start and then they start referring people to you.

I agree with everything she says, but the only problem is competing with others. There are so many graphic designers out there that you never know what to ask them for, so that they don’t just go to someone else.

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About Cristal Sung

Cristal is a new media designer, who believes in the importance of feeding the soul with art, culture, and food. Her work focuses on themes of identity, sociopolitical problems and the concept of beauty. Cristal is from Hong Kong and studies in Toronto.

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