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Design is the realization of a concept or idea into a configuration, drawing, model, pattern, plan or specification.

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How can I start Mechanical Design Freelancing? [duplicate]

Being a design engineer, how can I start freelancing. Some friends suggested upwork and fiverr, I tried there, but I didn't succeed. I use SOLIDWORKS for 3D Modeling and Keyshot for rendering. I use ...
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How to find a suitable blockchain talent? [closed]

A new project I am working on needs a blockchain full stack developer and designer.They must understand solidity (Ethereum), sidechains (Bitcoin), etc. Anyone interested? In addition, I feel that it's ...
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Ex-employer wants to hire me after I send him a design

An employee from a very old employer contacted me to design a dashboard for them as a freelance when asked for payment he said: "If I can send them the design then we can talk about price". ...
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Reduce rate when learning on the job?

Is it standard to reduce your rate if it means you're learning a new skill for the job? E.g. I am soon to be taking on some animation work for a client of mine. They did originally ask if I knew of ...
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How are images, icons, videos, logos, etc. budgeted, and who chooses them, the developer or the client?

Are images, icons, videos, logos, etc. included in the final budget or are they charged later when the developer has to buy them? And also, who chooses them? Are they chosen by the developer, taking ...
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Very difficult client now seems to have lost interest

I've been doing a small identity design job for a new client who has been very difficult to work with and he has recently stopped replying to my emails altogether. The main problem is that trying to ...
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Can/Should I provide engineering services with a PO and no contract?

I have been hired by a client with a PO but no contract. Do I need to put a contract together to protect myself as an engineer?
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How to attract customers in the special field?

I am a freelancer in the design field for a while and now I want to go deeper with this profession but in the field of the blockchain. I feel this is a special and potential job so I want to invest ...
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How do I tell a client that our contract isn't being upheld?

Back in March a friend of mine reached out to me for graphic design work for a crowdfunded project him and a small team were working on. Because I had worked with him in the past on some projects I ...
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How to efficiently find graphic design opportunities

I am looking to do some freelance work as a graphic designer. I've been in the industry for 10+ years. I can make whatever a potential client is looking for. Where do you go when first starting out?...
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How much detail do you provide a client wanting to improve an existing site?

My friend and I recently went into freelancing a few months ago. We've had a couple of clients we completed projects for so far, all of which for people who did not have a site. Recently we had a ...
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How to prepare a job to keep it on schedule?

I seem to be having the same problem with my projects, particularly my Wordpress website clients. I estimate the time it takes to complete the task but the project gets held up because the client ...
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Is it unacceptable or not wise to email clients during the weekend?

This Exchange question here: Staying in contact with clients when I have a different sleep-wake rhythm (being a night owl or living in a different time zone) deals with the subject quite well, but it ...
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How to get Started As Freelancer by providing e-services?

Me and my friends are starting a startup by providing e-services as taking projects from the clients all over the world....like app development, website development, digital marketing and many more. ...
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Spec work for a future medium-sized company

I have an offer for a position in a new startup and I was asked to provide concept designs for at least 1 page ( both mobile and desktop version ) It's a lot of work because I need to apply the brand ...
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Non- Vat Invoice? How to invoice?

I have just finished my first freelance job as graphic designer in London. The client asked me an invoice. How can I create it? I have my NINo but I do not have a VAT number, is it possible to create ...
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Do I take this job?

I'm a freelance textile/surface pattern designer. My job is to do trend research, create repeating designs and find clients to buy them. I can create up to ten designs every week. Each one sells for ...
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How do you curtail too much customer input on website design?

As a full stack developer for hire I have created dozens of websites for a wide array of clients. I'm continually trying to refine my process and have noticed the biggest waste of time is design due ...
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Need help with moral dilemma of first client [closed]

Sorry in advance for the long read. I'm 22 years old and just finished university for graphic design. I was approached by a small business which wanted me to design them a logo, stationary and a ...
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My newbie mistakes and how to communicate with clients

For the past few months I've been doing a lot of freelancing projects for people for little to no money. I figure it looks better on my portfolio if I make stuff FOR other people, rather than just ...
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I'm a freelancer that needs to hire another freelancer for help

I'm a freelance graphic designer that is hiring freelance help to get some of my overflow projects done. I'm trying to figure out how much to pay them. This may be a dumb question... but will I still ...
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Errors in a signed-off publication: should I return money paid?

I do design and web development and I took on a project for way less then I should have that involved logo design, multiple site creation, SEO and video creation. I went above and beyond, hiring ...
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I'm an able web developer with advanced knowledge of PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and (My)SQL.. where to go from here? [closed]

To start off with I'm 16 years old, and I do know these languages sufficiently enough to produce a finished product. I've made a few community based websites in the past, and they were fairly popular ...
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How to politely turn down a client's request for a free test job?

I'm a graphic designer and in the course of my work I often come across a situation when clients ask for free tests before hiring me. If the budget is sufficient and the tests seem reasonable I ...
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Hosting a website with a client's client

I honestly do not know how to ask this question. I am a Graphic Designer for one of my clients, however I am more than capable of building websites. The client I am working with specifically has ...
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New to billing and estimation of medium to large sized projects for NPO

I'm a 15 year veteran of web design and front end development, with a couple years of Rails experience under my belt. Currently I am focusing on forming my own development company, and have landed ...
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Learned HTML, CSS, and jQuery. Now what?

I just finished HTML, CSS, and jQuery on Codecademy + HTML5 course on Udemy called "Learn HTML5 Programming From Scratch" and I have some experience with Photoshop. What should I do now to gain ...
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Is Multimedia Designer & Web Developer a suitable job title for a single person handling Web, Print, and UI Design + Front & Back-End Web Development?

The Problem: I'm faced with the dilemma of how I should advertise myself in terms of the roles I fulfill for my freelancing business. I'm experienced in: Graphic Design for Web & Print: Social ...
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How to manage hosting? How to show design and then migrate?

Which hosting service do you normally use to start a website's design (using WordPress) and show the client online? Once the site is done and approved, the client gets their own hosting service and ...
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Most effective freelancing for beginners?

I'm currently in the process of learning Android app development, web design, and web development. I haven't quite gotten enough experience to the point where I would be able to sale myself as a true ...
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Equivalent of "freelancing" in electronics design?

Whereas "freelancing" only applies to writing, performing, and programming (by definition), is there some equivalent job title for an electronics designer/engineer who is self employed? Such a person ...
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Technique to designing a website based on a sample?

I am starting my freelancing career as a web developer/web designer In a few test runs, the client posts a link to a website and says they would like that style. How would you approach that problem? ...
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I am lost in between freelance and a steady job

I am a young web designer (20 years old) from Slovenia, I love design and I am passionate about it. I have been designing since I was 14 years old. My boss is happy with my work. I also see that ...
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Content planning and wireframing. Many clients don't want to hear about this?

Sometimes I'm faced with clients who run away or avoid the content planning or wireframing. I hate to work with lorem ipsum, I need the content, I need to plan everything to design it, isn't this ...
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In web design and development, should design come before contract or vice versa?

I have done many website design and development as a freelancer and over time, I have my own set of "business procedures" to properly (or so I thought) determine project scope and budgets before ...
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How to quote & bill as a subcontractor

I'm curious to hear if anyone has any experience as a subcontractor partnering with another business/contractor and if so how you go about setting parameters around each project. I've been approached ...
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Is a single page site better for SEO and visitors, or is a site with various pages better?

I am a freelancer, and I have a small team of freelancers that works with me on large freelance Web development projects. I am offering Web design, development, and SEO. I created a website with ...
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How to propose design concepts to clients

I'm just starting out on my own as a web design & development start-up and I'm seeking advice on how to propose design concepts to my clients. Currently I have a series of questions I ask them ...
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How to charge for software design

I have a prospect with both an idea and an existing customer of theirs who want to pay for this idea to be implemented. The customer want to pay only when the implementation is complete. My prospect ...
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Need help fixing my design work ethic mistake

I agreed to do icon and screenshot work for a company who makes apps for a payment. Except I was kinda stupid for not backing up myself with a contract or sending previews instead of the actual design ...
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What skills does front end developer needs to be marketable as freelancer?

I am trying to become a front end web developer. Initially i thought i'd be just web designer. But i also wanted to do animation myself, so i learned javascript thoroughly and css3. While i was at it ...
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Designing Websites without CMS

I’m planning to build websites that do not have a CMS (Content Management System) to enable the user to update their content. I have more than enough expertise to enter this business. The only thing ...
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Logo designer and I cannot agree on final product. Do I still have to pay?

I worked with a logo designer to create a logo for my small business. He came up with several designs that I didn't think were anywhere near on par with what he presented in his portfolio, and in the ...
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Should I settle for a percentage or keep with an hourly rate?

I work with an inventor who creates product lines and I do the design work for him. He's an engineer who is picky and wants it exactly his way so usually the projects take a while due to him not ...
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How to quickly and efficiently create proposals and send invoices?

I am starting a freelance design services business and need to handle project management and billing. I was planning on creating the proposal in Adobe InDesign and then sending the invoice through ...
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Web designer's name on the homepage etiquette

I am working with a web designer to create an educational web site, and while he was coding it he mentioned that he wanted to put his name on the homepage. I gave him the architecture of the site, ...
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Quote for creating design for website without developing the site?

I have a client that has hired another website developer agency to create his website, but he wants me to design a better layout for the agency to implement since he isn't happy with what they have ...
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Should I point out design flaws to my clients?

I am not a designer. I don't claim to be, and I don't want to be. I am a programmer. I have a handful of clients that are small "web designers". Some are great, and I have recommended friends and ...
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At what point is it no longer a "Free Change"

I am a freelance web developer. I have built many different websites for all sorts of people. Once my client signs off on a project as complete I am still willing to offer little updates and things. ...
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