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I Just Got Paid for my First Design Job... Now What?

May 22, 2018 at 4:23pm

I Just Got Paid for my First Design Job... Now What?

May 22, 2018 at 4:23pm
I just got paid for my first graphic design job. Exciting, right?
You would think that I should be absolutely thrilled because this is the first time that I've been compensated for my graphic design work, right?
"How awesome, that is!" I would say, but... It was a cancellation fee. :-(
I was hired to design a logo for an old friend's small business which would be used in printed and online mediums. I put together a timeline of how many phases the logo design process would take to complete and set a flat fee for the entire process, with some provisions should any extraneous requests be made, plus establishing a fee should the project be scrapped.
I put it all in a contract, had the client sign it and then got to work.
Without getting into the details, the project was terminated by the client and thankfully, I got compensated for the work I put into it. I certainly wanted more than just 20% of my fee but the research I did on cancellation fees stated that that was an acceptable rate so I went with that.
Now what?
I've got an incomplete project under my belt, with really nothing to show for it, except this blog post. So I'm gonna ask some questions of you, the reader, on how I can move on from here:
What are some projects that I can work on to re-gain my confidence in my design work?
How can I express value in my work to a potential client without an actual professional project in my portfolio?
What can I do, if anything, to communicate to a potential client about having an incomplete project as my only professional experience?
I'm not trying to be too down on myself but this process has left me uninspired and a bit deflated about starting a career in graphic design, no matter how much I want this as a career, but I know that I must keep going and push harder to achieve my goal. I just need a little help from the community and that spark to re-ignite my engine.
Please leave your comments below or feel free to reach out to me on Twitter and thanks for reading my first actual blog post!
This originally appeared on my blog. Go to https://luperdesign.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/i-just-got-paid-for-my-first-design-job-now-what/ to check it out and engage further. Thanks!
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