Creative Curmudgeon Commentary 2.2: Client Rules

Continuing the revisit to Creative Curmudgeon Commentary

David R. Deitrick, Designer

There’s an old saying that differs in anatomical detail from time to time but the “G” version goes ” Opinions are like arm-pits; everyone has them and they all stink”. With that in mind I’d like to pass on a couple of lessons I have learned about finding and working with clients.

1. Make sure there is some common ground with a new client. Research the company before you approach them in the same way you would if you were looking for a job…because that’s what you are doing – looking for a (short term) job. Have something pertinent to their business in  your portfolio. You may do the very best rendering (ever) of the USS Enterprise but that means nothing to a company that makes tractors.

2. If they are signing the check they are your boss. You’re not doing them a favor by working for them. Remember – there is…

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1 thought on “Creative Curmudgeon Commentary 2.2: Client Rules

  1. Good solid rules: I’ve spent most of my adult life negotiating these short-term relationships and every one of them is different. There’s nothing worse than stumbling into the trap of one of those late or non-payers, especially if they then dis you for under-performing. Oh, the joys of the small businessman!

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