Saturday

How to Take Your Money From Bad Client



When you are working as a freelancer you’ll spend a lot of time searching for clients. If you find the perfect client you should be the happier freelancer in the world, trust me. Sometimes you’ll have to deal with people that can drive your nut. They will send tons of mails or will call every 30 minutes just to check if you are ready. When you are done with some design and present it to the client, they will not like it or will have “just few changes” and you will need to do the whole design again.

Worst of all are the client who refuses to pay, tries to reduce the payment or delays it for as long as possible. Working with clients like these can cause significant problems for your business and life. Just imagine that you are full time freelancer and this month you’ve been working mostly on a big project that will bring you cash injection for the next month. Now imagine that this client refuse to pay. Not a nice picture, right?

Lets take a look at the most common situations.

Client delays payment. When you are making the quote and the invoice should add your terms of payment. Basically this will be the length of time after the work is done that payment must be made. If after this period you still don’t have the money you will have to start to bother your clients constantly.

Client tries to reduce payment. When this happen most of the clients state that you have not delivered all that was asked from you. This is where you can use your quote again. If you have it in paper and it is signed from both sides it can be only in your favour.

Client refuses to pay. If you are at this point it is time to seek your legal rights. Your first step is to consult with lawyer but you can go further with hiring a debt collector.

Every client is different as every person is. Not knowing of what a client you will go is one of disadvantages of freelancing. There are no straight rules that can keep you away from the bad clients, but there are some signs.

- Client want multiple samples before hire you
- Clients who are overly protective of themselves
- Client don’t know exactly what he wants
- Client want unlimited changes
- Client who bargain for the price
- Client with whom is hard to get in contact
- Client with unrealistic deadlines
- Client is rude, obnoxious or disrespectful
- Client who think that is better designer than you

If you meet some of this signs in your client it is up to you if you will take the project or not. If this person has all of the listed deficiencies, please go away. I beg you!

Monday

Tips on Creating an Effective Online Portfolio



This is one of the mandatory elements of the creation of your personal freelancer brand. You may not have Blog, Facebook or Twitter profiles, but you must have personal portfolio website. It turns visitors into customers. Creating it is easy. The hard part is to do it well. Let me give you few advices now to make it perfect.

1.Navigate. You are creative and want to show it, right? O.K. that is fine but be careful, because if your site is too creative and strange it may confuse your visitor. And what confuse consumers do? They leave your site and proceed to the next one. Make sure the emphasis is on the work on display, not the design of the site.

2.Contact. You will be amazed how many portfolio websites does not have contact page. Don’t do that mistake. Add one separate page called Contact Me and fill it with info about how your potential client can get in touch with you.

3.The Best. Your portfolio site should only showcase your best
content. You don’t need to show all of your works. Always put the best one is in the beginning. Client will skip your site if he doesn’t like the first few once.

4.The Story. Potential clients want to hear stories about your work. They are more interested in the story than the technical part. Talk about the results of your work. What have you done for a client? What benefit was it on? And don’t lie.

5.About Me. Don’t forget this page. If a potential client like your works he will want to become familiar with you before hire you. Here are the basic questions that you will need to answer:
- Who are you?
- What qualifications do you have?
- What experience do you have?
- Do you seem trustworthy and reliable?
- Are they looking for work?
Offers some information about you and express some of your personality, but not too much.

6.Good Words. Include testimonials or references from happy clients. This is a great way to make potential client to feel more comfortable with you. So consider creating a page just for references from clients you have worked with.

7.Tags. Categorize and tag your works in the portfolio page, especially if there’s a lot of it.This will make it easier for people to see your works on the specific types of projects they need help with.

No mater if you are part time or full time freelancer you need portfolio website so go ahead and make one for yourself.

Thursday

Change Cloths Color Photoshop Tutorial

1. Open the image which color you are going to change.


2. Select the clothes which color you want to change. You can use each one of the selection tools. I will use Select - Color Range.


3. Select the color you are going to change and using the Fuzziness slider control the range of the selection. Finish by pressing OK.


4. Take the Quick Selection Tool and precise the selection where it needs.



5. Go to Image - Image Adjustments - Hue Saturation.


6. You can choose the new color from the Hue slider.


7. When you are satisfied with the new color press OK and CTR+D to remove the selection.

8. You are ready.

Monday

Adult Banner Design

One of my very first banner designs was for an adult website. Take a look at them. Don't be shy.