My Home Office

If you are going to freelance and want to work at home, you really need a private space so you can work efficiently. Early this year we had our room renovated, I was using our room for several years as an office and along with that are the irks that easily takes away your focus on you work like the TV, the kids, people coming in and out of the room, your stuffs keeps getting unorganize no matter how hard you try to keep them organize, always looking for something that you need but can never find it.

So when we had our room renovated, we have this closet room which is also the entrance to the bathroom which I also had renovated to be my office. I had the large built in cabinet removed and made space for my stuffs. Bought a USB wireless LAN so less cables and wires. Now all my things are a little bit more organized, I know where to find stuffs I need.

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This is where I do all my works

Designers Salaries Survey

The 8th Coroflot’s Designer Salaries is out. Check out how the current economic crisis is effecting overall designer salaries worldwide.

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More details here.

My observation: I’m still amazed on how the design industry salary in the Philippines and neighboring asian countries is about 1/8-1/4 from the global normal salary trend.

How to quote your hourly rate

Just got back from accident I blogged on my other personal finance blogsite. Anyway I was browsing through my emails, someone shared me a link to this site which offers a tool for quoting how much you should charge your clients.

It allows you to properly quote efficiently your rate when working on projects for clients. Fill out the form with details about your rent, hardware maintenance, utilties, software and upgrades etc.. With all these factors you can come up with a good figure on how much you should charge your clients.
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Freelance drought and surge

Before jumping into the freelance bandwagon, it is a fact to know that the income is not stable. Better be prepared to have some cash laid away maybe good for 1 or 2 months always. Sometimes you can find yourself in a drought for projects. Some projects doesn’t materialize due to many different factors like, client changes mind, no budget, etc. Occasionally on these periods you learn to adjust your rates to bag a project and end up getting a gig that you could have been paid better. Over quoting may loose the project on the other hand, most often times it is better to be sure to get the project. That is one drawback but think of it as a survival instinct to keep afloat of the unstable freelance times.

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Thinking about being a freelancer

I already tried working for corporate then went freelance, then a short gig in government and now I’m back to freelancing.

I find freelancing more fruitful and there is always room for improvement. You don’t stop learning. It’s having your own business and how you promote it.

If your graphics designer, web designer or web developer, writer or consultant, you need to have some tools in your gear to bag clients and have continuous projects.

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