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    5 Things to Consider Before Signing an Exclusive Art Licensing Agreement

    5 Things to Consider Before Signing an Exclusive Art Licensing Agreement
    Recently an artist asked me the following question about art licensing contracts: "Would you ever sign an exclusive with a company (not for an image but as an artist) and if so, under what circumstances?" I often preface my answers with two very important points - first, that my answers are my opinion and second, every person needs to weigh their ...
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    20 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a New Job

    20 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a New Job
    Woo hoo! You got a job offer. Way to go. But before you jump at the opportunity, I recommend taking a few minutes to really evaluate the position and how well it meets your needs. You see, when searching for a job, many people get anxious. The process is so slow and stressful; they end up accepting the first decent offer ...
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    Money, Taxes and Contracts for Freelancers

    Money, Taxes and Contracts for Freelancers
    Whether you’re a designer, painter or illustrator, you probably started freelancing because you wanted to make things. Maybe it’s websites or plein air landscapes or billboards on the highway. But if you don’t want to find yourself scrambling for a full-time job, you need to realize that you have a title even more important than the one on your website: small ...
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    The Nitty Gritty on Art Industry Contracts

    The Nitty Gritty on Art Industry Contracts
    In today's economy, many designers and artists are supplementing their day jobs with freelance and project- based work. While this kind of work can be rewarding — you have the opportunity to work with many different companies and people and, for the most part, have the ability to set your own hours — sometimes it can also be a great big ...
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    Scare Off Design Clients With Your Contract

    Scare Off Design Clients With Your Contract
    You should always take measures to protect yourself from being taken advantage of by a client, and one of the best ways to do that is to work with a solid contract that ensures that both parties know what is expected of them. That being said, it’s important to temper your defenses with an element of restraint or you risk scaring ...
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    Protect Yourself with a Beefy Client Contract

    Protect Yourself with a Beefy Client Contract
    Today I’d like to go into a little more detail about your best chance at protecting yourself, your Illustration work, and your freelance business: your contract. If you’re not already, you should start taking your contract very seriously, because it’s your first line of defense if things go sour. A bad situation is made immeasurably worse when there is no contract ...
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    Determining Rates For Design Services in Contracts

    Determining Rates For Design Services in Contracts
    This article is part of a larger series. Click here to read the entire "The Nitty Gritty on Contracts" series. One issue that constantly comes up, especially in these times, is about rates for design services. How do the freelancers and smaller design businesses come up with their fees? It's not always an exact science, but some of those basic business ...
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    Details to Remember When Making/Signing a Contract

    Details to Remember When Making/Signing a Contract
    This article is part of a larger series. Click here to read the entire "The Nitty Gritty on Contracts" series. Contracts are an important part of doing the business of graphic design. A good contract that details all of the aspects of the project, and the client and designer's rights and responsibilities, are of vital importance. There are certain terms and ...
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    What If The Client Cancels The Contract?

    What If The Client Cancels The Contract?
    This article is part of a larger series. Click here to read the entire "The Nitty Gritty on Contracts" series. So far, we talked about the overall sections that should be included in design contracts and what to offer. Of course, all of the items in a contract should be catered to the job and client at hand and customized to ...
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    What to Include (and Not) in Client Contracts

    What to Include (and Not) in Client Contracts
    This article is part of a larger series. Click here to read the entire "The Nitty Gritty on Contracts" series. Last time we talked about the ever-important contact/Client information and other, overall information that needs to be included in your contract to set the record straight from the start. Always remember to put the date on all your documents - that ...
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    Client Design and Freelance Contract Basics

    Client Design and Freelance Contract Basics
    This article is part of a larger series. Click here to read the entire "The Nitty Gritty on Contracts" series. Whether we're working on a freelance basis or for a design firm, we need to know how to prepare and read contracts. As in all service businesses, a written agreement needs to be generated in order to get down on paper ...
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