Getting Paid

Flying Notes

Made with the Patternator iPhone app πŸ™‚

Hi All πŸ™‚ Just a quick little check in before today’s post… you’ll notice it’s been over a week since my last post and that’s because I’ve been sick – again! It’s a bit of a repetitive thing nowadays but I’m off to see a specialist next week so hopefully it all gets sorted out soon, anyway, just wanted to let you all know I’m still here and I haven’t forgotten about the blog πŸ™‚ So here’s what I’ve been up to with my study lately…

Yay I got to read a section in my textbook that I hadn’t read before! Lol πŸ™‚ It’s a bit sad when that makes me happy haha.

It was a pretty interesting section too, it was all about setting up some business documents and how to get paid for the design work you do when you have your own business and/or are working as a free-lancer. Interesting stuff, especially considering that this is more than likely what I’ll end up doing.

Here are some notes from thisΒ section of Graphic Design: Australian Style Guide

  • “Before you get paid you need to work out how much to charge. This is determined by your experience, what other designers are getting and the prevailing economic conditions. It should increase over time, but may need to dip now and then.” (Barnum et al, p326)
  • “The base rate is the rate for actual design work (conceptualisation or layout). It is used to calculate the charge-out rate and need not be disclosed to the client.” (Barnum et al, p326)
  • “The charge-out rate is (the) rate that includes designing, overheads, profit, etc. It is 3 1/2 times the base rate and is used to calculate the cost of design to the client.” (Barnum et al, p326)
  • “Contracts are legally binding for both parties. If a designer promises to have something completed by a certain date, in a certain form, and then does not fulfil that agreement, they could be breaking a contract and therefore be liable for damages.” (Barnum et al, p326)
  • “The three main documents that form the basis of the contract between client and designer are the initial proposal, the quote an d the invoice.” (Barnum et al, p327)
  • “Under Australia law, any piece of written communication that involves money and/or contractual arrangement must display an Australian Business Number (ABN).” (Barnum et al, p327)
  • “Terms and Conditions of Trade (T&Cs) are the conditions under which a designer trades, including payment terms and any confidentiality, copyright or contract issues.” (Barnum et al, p328)



Barnum, A., Haddock, S., Hicks, S. and Oppen, F. (2012)Β Graphic Design: Australian Style Guide. Sydney: McGraw-Hill Publishers Australia


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