Freelancing can be a great gig for graphic designers–the projects are always changing, you have more flexibility, and you can set your own schedule. Many designers get to know certain clients and companies well, getting repeat business. Freelancing can even be a great way for people working on their graphic design education to get their feet wet in the working world.
But international branding expert Karen Post says that even the most talented of graphic designers won’t make it past their first freelance job if they don’t follow a few basic rules. Her motto: if working with a freelancer is too much work, it won’t be long before they get the boot. So read up on these sure-fire ways to, well, get yourself fired:
1. Ignoring the culture/dress code/office etiquette.
If you’re working onsite, remember that you’re a guest–do your best to fit in and be polite to your new cubicle neighbors.
2. Having a bad attitude.
No one will care how brilliant your work if they can’t put up with your personality. Check your grumpy/arrogant/obnoxious self at the door please.
3. Missing deadlines.
Not only is this incredibly unprofessional, it’s risky–there are a million other freelancers out there who can do your job, and do it on time.
4. Wasting time.
Don’t blur the lines between personal and private time. Keep the coffee/facebook/chat breaks to a minimum and never on billable time.
5. Failing to read the contract.
Know your responsibilities up front, and meet them promptly. Under-delivering or over-billing can get you an express ticket to the black list.
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