Posted 19.09.2017 @ 8.25PM
::$50/hr isn't a great rate living in most places in Australia::
There's a difference between an employed freelance rate and a self employed rate. If you're doing a 40 hr week, that's $2k a week. Do a full year and you're making over 90k. More than plenty to live off.
Posted 18.09.2017 @ 6.21PM
Not sure about recruiters but the standard Illustrator Agent fee is 20%.
As @DAN says, if you're happy with what you're walking away with then fine but on the other hand it does make you an expensive option to the employer.
Personally, knowing that someone was taking that cut for not doing much would leave a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.
Posted 26.08.2017 @ 6.28PM
@Dan I guess I was trying to help this client out from the goodness of my heart. Of course I knew from my experience that this outcome was always a possibility - perhaps I'm not as ruthless as others out there and had hoped for a smoother ride, and you're probably right about freelancers having more experience in protecting themselves against foreseeable situations like this. I don't think designing should always be about the money but knowing how to deal with clients is a learned skill so constructive advice for sticky situations is always welcome.
Posted 26.08.2017 @ 11.29AM
@Scotty all of what you said resonates with me - I've been working in the industry for over 14 years, both in an agency and as an inhouse corporate designer and when you place a dollar value on a job, it does change a client's psychology about the work and how the process rolls through. Although they have indicated that there is more work to come, given the current situation and how the design process has been treated so far, I think I'm going to politely decline being able to do more work until they can pay for any upcoming projects that they would like done.
It's a shame that some clients only see the designer as a means to an end, rather than an experienced professional with good advice and industry experience so they know what they're talking about when presenting concepts and rationale behind creative work. Anyone with off-the-shelf software these days thinks they can call themselves a designer, it's almost laughable except I've seen it too many times to count.
@Dan well I certainly am going to stand up for myself, I was just wanting some opinions on how to carefully word a response while still being professional about it all. I have grown many 'pairs' during my career but wanted to open a discussion with my fellow designers as a sounding board to this predicament. Thanks for your feedback.
Posted 24.04.2017 @ 3.41PM
Wow, @Dave and @Dan agreeing. That would be enough to convince me.
I agree, dev isn't something you can just learn and enjoy. It would be like me buying a pencil and notepad, doing a course on drawing and thinking I'll be an illustrator.
If you are an analytical person who can work out how another person problem solves, then integrate that into your method, go for it. Otherwise you'll probably end up on cookie cutter, process driven projects that won't stimulate your creative side.