When can you start?
I am not a large agency, with countless resources, trying to accomplish as much as possible. I am one person, with a specific skillset, trying to help each client to the best of my ability. That means I have to say "hold on" every now and then to make sure I am giving each client the attention they deserve; the attention you want. For this reason, it may be two or three weeks before I can actually start your project but there are a few things you can do between now and then if you're ready to get started.
How long will it take?
No two projects are exactly the same so I'm not going to give you an answer without first talking about it. I can tell you from past experience that a logo normally takes four weeks and a website takes close to six, but it varies on how much time you have to invest into the creative process and how big the project is. The more insight and information you can provide in the beginning, the more likely we are to create something you really love within a time frame you're ok with.
How much does it cost?
Again, no two projects are exactly the same and I'm not going to randomly put something here in an effort to impress you. The pricing page on my website was created as a benchmark, but I have done work for free and I have traded my services for products. I normally charge by the project and that has varied from $500 to $36,000. If you want to know whether or not I can create what's needed within your budget, let's talk.
Will you help me for free?
I try my hardest to help each person accomplish what they want, within their budget, but sometimes the best way I can help is by telling someone what is realistic and what isn't. That means unless you're offering me something that benefits my family, free is probably out of the question.
What's included if I pay you to design a logo?
I am going to help you choose a specific color palette and the right fonts. I will provide a printable stationery kit that includes business cards, letter head, and a thank you card. In most cases, a secondary mark that you can use for stickers or on social media will be included too. When we're all done, you will receive a PDF Style guide with instructions on how to use your logo and vectored, layered, PSD and JPG formats of everything I designed. You paid for it, you own it.
Can I manage my own website?
In short, Yes. Half of my clients want to manage their website themselves and the other half hire me on a retainer basis to update and manage things for them. Whichever option you choose, it will not change the pricing of your website or my commitment to creating something you love.
What about printing my business cards, making apparel, and hosting my domain?
I'm going to be really honest with you, there was a time I tried to do everything and would have told you I do anything you need. But I don't. I create websites and logos and occasionally I design other stuff as my clients need it, leaving everything else to the experts in that specific industry. That means if you need something I don't offer, I'm going to refer you to the best person for that job instead of trying to middle man it and take my focus off of doing what I do best; websites and logos.
All of this sounds great, how do I pay you?
I will send you an invoice after I've identified exactly what you need, we have both shared our expectations, and there is an agreed upon scope of work and budget. That invoice can be paid online with a debit/credit card of your choice or you can mail a check, it's up to you. For projects less than $2,000, full payment is required to start the project. For everything else, 50% is required to start the project and the remaining 50% is paid at the end.
Seriously though, why do you Freelance and not work for an actual company?
Family. It may sound cliche', but it's true. There isn't a job in the world that would offer me the ability to spend time with and love my family like being self employed. Is it scary? Sometimes. Is it hard? Definitely. Is it always working from remote places and having fun? Not at all. But at the end of the day if it allows me to help other people, be creative, and spend a crazy amount of quality time with my family... Then it's what I will continue doing.