Working for free, to wake up for jobs that pay $10,000 or not?

Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

Should I work for free? Answer the question by way of the handy flowchart created by New York based typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische.

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Give what cash you can, then wash dishes to pay for your meal

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

Money is just one way to pay for meals at the Panera Bread Company’s non-profit cafe in the US city of Saint Louis.

“Take what you need, leave your fair share,” says a sign at the entrance of the Saint Louis Bread Company Cares Cafe. Patrons who can’t pay are asked to volunteer their time.

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Social media applications may one day make bankers of us all

Friday, 16 April, 2010

While we may not be able to do all our banking this way, it is becoming a lot easier to make payments and send money, via Twitter and mobile telephones.

Square, a new company founded by Twitter cocreator Jack Dorsey, lets anyone accept physical credit card payments through a smartphone or computer by plugging in a free sugar-cube-sized device – no expensive card reader required. A startup called Obopay, which has received funding from Nokia, allows phone owners to transfer money to one another with nothing more than a PIN.

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UK banks to mail cheques to the dustbin of history

Friday, 18 December, 2009

On average I probably write one cheque a year (if that) so I’m not surprised to hear that UK banks have started phasing out their use, with the goal of removing them from the financial system completely by late 2018.

“There are many more efficient ways of making payments than by paper in the 21st century, and the time is ripe for the economy as a whole to reap the benefits of its replacement,” Paul Smee, the council chief executive, said in a statement. The use of checks has fallen drastically in the past 10 years as more consumers transfer money electronically, by direct debit or with debit and credit cards. Last year, around 3.8 million checks were written every day in Britain, compared to a peak of 10.9 million in 1990, the council said.

The use of cheques is also under review in a number of other countries including Australia.

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If you want to pay $50 for design, you’ll get $50 worth of design

Wednesday, 13 May, 2009

What to do about clients who are asking for cut-price design services as a result of “the recession”?

How about SWATCH calling me and asking me to design a watch. They wanted a complete transfer of copyright for a paltry fee. As if that’s going to happen. Google calls me and wants my work for their new search engine all over the web, the fee? Nothing. Editorial clients are slashing 1999’s fees almost in half and citing the bad economy as an excuse. You know what? My excuse is that the economy is bad so you have to pay me MORE for an illustration.

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Debt collecting email for freelancers and small businesses

Tuesday, 24 February, 2009

Andy Clarke usually sees payment within two days of sending slow paying clients this email message.

To me, late payment is rarely an issue about money and more about a lack of respect. This is particularly true if you are unfortunate to work with people who expect you to respond quickly to service their needs, but don’t apply the same standards to yours.

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Freelancers: Invoice your clients

Friday, 8 February, 2008

Freelancers: Invoice your clients

The Tutorial Blog points out no fewer than ten example of invoicing software for freelancers and small business owners.

Continuing our freelancing series, today we are going to take a look at web apps and software you can use to invoice your clients. This is important to do properly and well-organised as your livelyhood depends on it!

A freelancer’s livelihood also depends on the reasonably prompt payment of invoices. Is there any software that can speed up that process?

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