What I pride myself in doing is creating business value, not creating pretty interfaces, although I do that very well. The wealth of experience I have allows me to help businesses grow through design. This is why onboarding clients is, for me, about business objectives and discovering the challenges you face, not about typography, colours, logos, or features.
Doctors don't offer medication before diagnosing patients. Working with a designer (at least with a good one) should be no different.
Even when the scopes look similar, no two projects are truly the same, and this can affect duration. We will most certainly discuss this in the beginning and I will give you an estimation based on the brief and our initial conversations.
For me it’s really important to understand how I can help your business grow, and I won’t be able to do that before knowing everything about the project, the company, and yourself. As soon as I understand how much value I can bring to you, we can talk about project fees.
As a rule of thumb, I don’t get paid by the hour, but on a project basis. Also, I tend to price my work based on the value it has for you. Creating an application for a corner boutique will be cheaper than creating the same application for a large international brand.
Just like you, I am an individual who pays for food, rent, bills, and enjoys the occasional holiday every once in a while. If we decide to work together, we sign a contract to make sure we are both legally covered. This is no different than working with a lawyer or an architect.
Also, depending on the size and duration of the project, I might require upfront or milestone payment.
If you have any other questions, you might find an answer in my factsheet. Download it here!