Business of Design Resources

Lecture Slides

Need some help getting started in the world of design? Explore the presentations below and learn the essentials of freelancing, client meetings, contracts, time tracking, bookkeeping, and more!

First Client Meeting

Tips and tricks for before the meeting, questions to ask during, and what to do after your first meeting with a new client!

Contracts and Freelance

Explore the steps to establishing yourself as a creative professional, constructing contracts, setting rates, and getting paid.

Time Tracking for Client Work

Learn how to properly track your time to ensure that you’re compensated properly for various forms of client work.

Freelancing - Things to Consider

Learn the basics of starting your own business, bookkeeping, contracts, taxes and legalities, copyright, and more!

Book Resources

The Graphic Artists Guild
Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines Book

Additional Resources!

Example Document

This is a general document to utilize for client and freelance work. It includes a cover letter, estimate for services, letter of agreement (the actual contractual language), and an invoice template. Any red sections should be changed to your specific data and client name. 

Please reach out to your local legal counsel to confirm the state and county laws and update the letter of agreement section 9 accordingly.

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