I don't know about you, but I got into design for the creativity, the freedom and the ability to push myself. I definitely didn't get into it for the joys of invoicing clients, dealing with lame legal issues, and drawing up complex contracts. In fact, I avoided doing those things for as long as humanly possible. The fact is though, if you're charging for your design work, or thinking about charging it for it, then that stuff is not only recommended, it's vital. Yeah, yeah... I know what you're saying, "I'll set all that up next month". The truth is, if you put off doing this stuff, you're opening yourself up to a world of hurt. If a client refuses to pay you, you're screwed. If you need to pay your rent but have no cash flow, you're screwed. If you aren't paying your taxes correctly, you're screwed. If you disagree with a client on the original specifications for a project, you're screwed. Seeing a pattern here? I'm not trying to freak you out. Freelance design work can be incredibly fulfilling, however, you absolutely MUST protect yourself.
The formal aspects of freelancing may be boring, but they don't need to be hard!
You deserve to get paid on time. You deserve to have legal backup if a client tries to screw you around. You deserve to relax in the knowledge that all the boring legal stuff is covered for you, and you can focus on what you're best at. So what does all this have to do with this weeks deal? Well today we're bringing you a very special product: Go Media's Freelance Survival Kit. This product could not have a more fitting name as it quite literally gives you what you need to survive as a freelance designer. If you're not familiar with Go Media then you may have been living under a rock. They're one of the design community "originals", having provided us all with quality content and resources for years. As a true creative powerhouse they've also done design work for clients including Warner Bros, Sony, Nike, Adobe, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Gym Class Heroes, and MANY more. Basically, when it comes to design they really know their stuff. Before I get to the details of what's waiting for you inside this deal, consider this: All of our previous deals have featured awesome design items, but none of them could actually save your design career. None of them give you a true foundation on which to build a career for yourself. We've featured some fantastic resources that will greatly improve your work, but today's deal is something I deem a necessity for any designer looking to take their work seriously.
I should start by saying that the creatives at Go Media are designers, not lawyers. However, they've been around the block more than a few times, and they really know what they're doing when it comes to attracting quality clients, keeping them happy, and most of all keeping themselves happy (and sane). As part of the Freelance Survival Kit you'll be getting their comprehensive advice documents, covering elements of freelancing such as billing, legal, and social media presence. These are filled not only with rock solid advice from designers who've been through everything you have, but they're fun and easy to read, and filled with inspiring graphics and headlines. You also get a PDF containing over 90 pages taken from Go Media's most popular freelancing articles. This is a great collection where you can learn from expert authors. You'll come across such great titles as:
- Accountants, lawyers, and doctors, oh my! A designer's guide to business
- A Designer's Guide to Pricing
- Land Bigger Jobs: Appear "bigger" than you actually are
- Telling a Client "No"
These articles (and many more) all give you practical, actionable advice that you can start using right away. They're geared towards getting you more money, alleviating client headaches, and generally furthering your business. In short, they're worth their weight in gold!
I gotta be honest, this has to be my favorite part of this deal. Contracts are such an essential piece for any kind of freelancer. They can defend you against clients trying to get work for free. They can help keep you and your client happier by clarifying specifications throughout a project. They can let you work feeling secure that you're legally protected. The problem is, if you want a lawyer to draw you up any sort of contract you're looking at hundreds of dollars right off the bat. The alternative is to do a Google search, but anything worth using is normally part of some premium legal document website that will charge you $50 for the contract and then spam you for months after to rope you into buying more services. Don't you wish you had a collection of professional, editable contracts to use for all your client work?
Enter the Freelance Survival Kit!
You'll receive the following contracts to help make your design life easier:
- Change Order Contract (when the client wants to change the order)
- Creative Brief Contract (for laying out the specifics of a project)
- Invoicing Contract (for getting paid smoothly)
- Project Agreement Contract (a more general contract to agree upon the project as a whole)
These contracts come in PDF and InDesign (INDD) formats, which means they can be edited in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. If you're a Photoshop user only I'm afraid you'll have to use them as a blueprint and edit the content more manually. Either way, they're a great option to cover yourself whilst freelancing.
It's pretty common practice to sit down with your clients before you begin a project to get an idea of exactly what they're looking for. Typically you might jot down some questions to ask them and take a few notes. The trouble with this is, it doesn't look overly professional, and in a job where image counts for a lot, you want to look at the top of your game. The final part of the Freelance Survival Kit is a series of questionnaires that are perfect for getting the most out of your early client meetings.
You'll receive 4 questionnaires in total, including:
You can really tell that Go Media have a ton of experience working in the design industry, and many of the questionnaire questions cleverly aim to get you more work: Example: "Do you foresee a need for custom graphics or photography on your website? If so, would you like us to provide those resources?"
PLUS: A huge number of bonus items
The bonus items included as part of the Freelance Surival Kit could literally stand up as a great deal on their own. To really go nuts with the value on offer in this pack, Go Media has included a range of their most popular items that will help out any freelancer. I needn't even say more, just take a look at how much is on offer:
94 Grid Layouts
14 CD Case Mockup Templates
14 T-Shirt Mockup Templates
24 Abstract Halftones Vectors
15 Grunge Border Vectors
15 Ornate Vectors
Plus a super detailed video tutorial! (Includes source files, textures and reference photos)
The deal that truly pays for itself
If you're on the fence about getting this deal then I'd like to run an idea by you. Besides the fact that there's a ton of value on offer in this kit, if just one aspect of it helps you at any way during your design career then it will pay for itself many times over. If you take the leap to charging more, you'll make back your investment in about 30 mins of client work! If you avoid a difficult legal situation, or ensure that you're paid on time, you'll have paid for this deal multiple times over. If you can work safe in the knowledge that your business is that much more professional and protected, then this kit has paid for itself instantly. This deal is not some random design resource you may or may not use, it's an essential foundation to a successful design career, and something you'll be using for years to come.
- After purchase, you'll be sent an HTML. Open this file for direct download options.
- Download available as a single ZIP file (1.42GB) or as a multi-part RAR archive for slower connections.
- Files are in a mixture of .PSD, .AI, .EPS, .PDF, .INDD, and other file formats. See above for complete details.
- The included documents are not meant to act as a substitute for professional legal advice.
- These files can be used for both personal and commercial use.