by YouTheDesigner . March 7th, 2008
Any freelance designer who has been in the business for a few years has probably run into potential clients trying to get work done for free or for insanely low prices. This funny animated video comments on how some people will try to persuade designers to do work for them for free by offering them incentives such as “a footer link”, “future jobs” and “telling all their friends about you”.
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Other Common Scams
The Root of the Problem
There’s no single reason why people attempt to take advantage of designers, but here are a few reasons that could potentially be causing some of this abuse:
1. Design is a booming profession and everyone seems to know a graphic designer.
2. Competition is fierce and many places such as classifieds are filled with hundreds of designers fighting over the same job and many designers will throw out low-ball prices as a way to land a job.
3. Programs like Photoshop are easily accessible nowadays and everyone seems to think they can design because they’ve Photoshopped a picture once or twice.
4. Businesses are outsourcing design work to places such as India and getting super cheap prices, which distorts their view of what design is really worth.
Stand Your Ground
Whatever the reasons may be, designers need to stand their ground and not subject themselves to all these scams and false opportunities being thrown their way. Be confident in your work and demand fair prices for your time just like any other respectable professional does!
Have you ever been ripped off or offered false opportunities? Tell us about it in the comments and help designers new to the business avoid running into the pitfalls many of us have experienced.
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