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Design Is a Job

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Chapter 9: Getting Your Money

Ever since starting our podcast, Let’s Make Mistakes, Katie Gillum and I have received a substantial amount of email from designers looking for advice of one sort or another. Most of it is from young designers just starting out on their career path. The topics vary from client-related questions like, “Where do I get some?” to craft-based questions like, “How long should I work on a concept?”

The vast, and I mean vast, majority of the questions, however, are sad stories about late payments, or sadder stories about payments that are never coming. The saddest example I saw was from a designer whose client offered to settle up if the designer ...

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