Designing a High-Quality Contract for Freelance Artists and their Clients

Since most people don’t like reading through legal documents, I’ve spent the last 3 months researching contracts, copyrights, and common legal issues that freelancers and their clients run into. I assembled everything into this guide.

I hope you can use this information to negotiate a good contract for your next project, whether you’re a client or an artist.

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Charge at Least This Much to Make Your Freelance Business Sustainable

One of the most difficult decisions you’ll make as a freelancer is what to charge your clients. You could price according to a number of things, including how close your relationship is to your client, how much money you need to cover your rent, or how many likes your latest sketch earned on Instagram.

There is no perfect pricing formula, but some methods are better than others. Let’s look at a pragmatic method for calculating the minimum amount you need to charge to make your freelance business sustainable.

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Why Artisfy Exists #5: The Creative Experience

As a client, you’re not just paying for an illustration. You’re also paying for someone to understand you, work with you through difficult ideas, build something from scratch, and create something that captures a moment in time.

I got inspired to work on Artisfy after commissioning Ryan Shaw. He was the first illustrator I’d ever hired, and the experience was mesmerizing. Not only did he read the short story on which the illustration was based, but he actually liked it. He understood why someone would want to tell a story like the one I had, and he enjoyed helping me bring it to life. Continue reading “Why Artisfy Exists #5: The Creative Experience”

Why Artisfy Exists #4: Paying Artists Upfront

There are risks with every creative project: it might never see the light of day, it might not be understood, it might never find the right audience.

When you decide to take on a creative project, you owe it to yourself to eliminate as many anxiety-inducing distractions as you can, so you can focus on the work at hand. There are a lot of things about the creative process you can’t control. But sometimes, you can control a few, like where you work, what you work on, and who you work for.

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A Review of FullStory

FullStory is a tool that helps you monitor the people using your website and get instant feedback based on what they do and which features they try. It does this by letting you watch user sessions that look exactly like what your users experienced (by using some more advanced tech than a lot of other user-recording software out there). And it works on every kind of website, including single-page apps built with modern frameworks (again, unlike a lot of other software packages)!

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A Few Small Changes: Improvements to Emails, Page Titles, and Profile URLs

I’ve got 3 small feature announcements lined up, so I grouped them into one post!

1. Messages, comments, and requests now show up in emails!

Before this update, when you received an email telling you about a message or request on Artisfy, you had to go to the site and login to read it. Now, it’s shown right in the email message!

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Feature Announcement: Requesters Aren’t Charged Until a Request is Accepted

Requesting services via Artisfy used to mean that clients provided payment information and then were immediately charged—even before they knew whether or not the artists were interested in their projects.

This didn’t make a lot of sense. Consequently, I updated the request process to make this simpler. Now, after a client requests an artist, he or she still provides payment details but is not charged until an artist accepts the request.

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