Graphic Designers Ask : How much should I charge

This is probably on of the most frequently asked questions in the graphic design business. Everyone is looking for a silver bullet -- but there are no silver bullets. About ever five to ten years someone asks the question and I answer it. I've done so for almost 40+ years. They asked it again in the Design Cafe, so I provided this answer to "how much should I charge?" August 19, 2014

60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls

I first published this article in 1996, and then updated and brushed it up in 2001. I was reading an online article by someone else the other day and it copied this article almost word-for-word. So, I thought I would remind everyone that good business practices really don't go out of style -- this is just as valid as it was more than 20 years ago! August 7, 2014

Karen negotiates for a salary in a design position at a design firm

On one of those blue-sky days when everything is going your way, Karen, who had just graduated in industrial design, landed an internship with a small firm with great work and a wonderful studio overlooking the bay and the mountains beyond. What happens next only Ted Leonhardt can explain, in his continuing series . . . June 19, 2013

Ally Lands A Brand

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. This is the second of the series of five pieces, which explore: How to land a brand design assignment, learning to negotiate, getting a job at the firm of your choice, and taking control of salary negotiations.... April 29, 2013

Carson becomes a professional

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. This is the first of the series of five pieces, which explore: How to land a brand design assignment, learning to negotiate, getting a job at the firm of your choice, and taking control of salary negotiations.... March 26, 2013

IOU: What To Do When the Chips are Down

My friend Susan Kirkland is back again this month with some sage advice for those freelancing or running their own business in the creative world -- trying to survive in an edgy economy. March 19, 2013

National Job Growth Echoes That of Graphic Designers Over Next 10 Years

Smartpress.com has announced a link between the national job market growth and that of the graphic design industry; both slated to expand between 13 and 14 percent over the next 10 years. As the demand for quality graphic designers continues to increase, Smartpress.com offer value tips from the nation's leading experts in new infographic. December 19, 2012

Time Tracking and Billing for Freelancers

Here's another time tracking and billing software application highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices. Fanurio is mainly used by freelancers who prefer a professional solution over pen and paper or spreadsheets to keep accurate records of their time and invoices. July 11, 2012

Time, Expense, and Mileage Tracking

As we've preached for many years, you'll never know how much to charge -- unless you know how much it costs! For that you need effective, competent time tracking. With TDF Tracker time, expense, and mileage tracking you can keep it all straight right on your iPad! August 25, 2011

Account Forecasting in Balance

This is for the freelancers out there. Sometimes a large business package is not what you need -- and you get bogged down trying to make it work. Mindwarp Consultancy has rolled out "Balance Guide", providing quick ongoing forecasting for less demanding accounting. May 25, 2011