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Advice Needed - Email Request for work.

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by maskell24, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. maskell24

    maskell24 Junior Member

    Hi Guys,

    I received a Email from Jean Star from earlier today, asking me if i was interested in brushing up the sites design and making something more accessible. My First question was do you have a budget and she does have a budget and I am willing to work with in her budget.

    My only real concern is that she contacted me from L.A of all places - she may have found my site through I don't know as its not active all it is is a holding page - Welcome to Liam Maskell Design ? The Portfolio of Graphic Designer Liam Maskell and I haven't really advertised my services on the net only through twitter where I am pretty active all the time.

    We spoke for about a hour on Skype, asking each other questions about the work, she seemed genuine.

    Heres something that really worries me she has told me she will pay me once the work is completed. Would this be spec work??? And has anyone else had anything like this before?

    What do you guys think? I am relativity new to the design world - I think its about my 6th Month of Freelancing now, so I do have a lot to learn.

  2. tbwcf

    tbwcf Active Member

    If you don't know the client / have no payment history then definately 50% upfront, 50% on completion.

    Simple. If they have a problem with that then you probably wouldn't get paid anyway.
  3. berry

    berry Active Member

    I agree 50% upfront. No Dough, No Show
  4. Sunburn

    Sunburn Active Member

    yep 50% upfront, otherwise are you going to go to LA to chase up payment??? ... nah didnt think so! get the money upfront!
  5. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    I'm spotting a pattern here maskell24. It makes sense.
  6. Craig.5br

    Craig.5br Member

    I agree.....

    I got stung by a couple of jobs, wish I took some payment up front....

    good luck...
  7. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Of course the beauty with hosting websites is, if they don't pay up, you can always take it down...
  8. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Yup at least 50% up front.
  9. maskell24

    maskell24 Junior Member

    Hey Guys thanks for all the advice :) I have requested 50% before any more work is shared at all. Although I think I might get stung here... :( I haven't heard nothing back since I submitted the Invoice needless to say this doesn't mean that she wont be paying just means she could be busy ect.

    Although I did hand over 6 jpgs last night of designs but they were all watermarked and half the size of the psd files. I just hope she doesn't get another designer to finish things up...

    any way thank you for your advice guys!

  10. berry

    berry Active Member

    So...... you have done work on a speculative basis before agree any terms, to someone you don't know, on another continent with a 10 hour time difference.

    .......Could you send me your Visa card with the Chip & Pin number please.
  11. Soprano

    Soprano Member

    Everyone has to learn some time, Berry.
  12. maskell24

    maskell24 Junior Member

    haha although he is right. I do need to learn some time. Although since my last post i have had some contact.
  13. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    any payment?
  14. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    Gotta go with this... I learnt the hard way

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. maskell24

    maskell24 Junior Member

    hopefully the payment will go through soon... Thank you for all of your advice guys!

    Liam :)

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