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Danielle Smallwood
Arlington TX, USA

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Hiring a Graphic Designer on Contract

By Danielle Smallwood · September 22, 2017

New businesses, small-midsize should have a trusted Graphic Designer they can call on any day of the work week. Some companies just don’t need a full-time Designer but they do need a go to person. I like to think of myself as that Graphic Designer. For the past 12 years I have had clients all over the United States email me their project details and within 24-hrs I work hard to give them what they want. I get joy out of it when my client say “yes, that’s what I wanted”. I offer contract hours to my clients. They purchase a certain amount of hours and they can email me anytime with a project. All I ask for is the details and deadline. They do this until time runs out and renew the contract when they are ready. Some even renew before the contract is over.

What makes for a good Graphic Designer?

Of course it would be someone with the skills you are looking for including the knowledge in the basic design applications like Illustrator and Photoshop. However some Designers aren’t good when it comes to deadlines. Ask for recommendations so that you can find out how the Graphic Designer is when it comes to time and meeting those important deadline. It is great when a designer give you what you want in a design put if they miss the deadline for a scheduled printing, or publication you loose out.

Graphic Designer’s communication skills are important.

How the client and designer communicate can make or break a project. After sending an email stating the details of the project if the designer doesn’t confirm they understand what you need, precious time can be spent going back and fort. I always confirm with my clients if I’m not getting a clear understanding of their request. Sometimes I may think they are referring to one thing but it something totally different. That is why I always send an email asking if I am going in the right direction.

“We’ve stuck with Danielle for several years now because her work is great, her communication is great, and her timeliness has been wonderful.” -Adam Kavalauskas

Seeing the benefits contracting a Graphic Designer.

Many startup businesses may have additional ventures in the future, therefore you will have a go to Designer you are comfortable with. You can just contact them out of the blue and say ” I have a new project”.  Because you and the designer have an established business relationship the designer is ready to get started to help grow your new business.

  • Save money in the long run (You can work out a fee that benefit both you and the designer)
  • You will know exactly what the scope of work is and how much you’ll pay
  • Save time (You wont have to waist time looking for a freelancer several times a year)
  • Have a designer that fits your business needs

I highly recommend for any startup and small business to get a trusted Graphic Designer and get them on contract.

“I have been a client of Danielle’s for several years and for multiple businesses that I have owned. She always does a fantastic job for us and is very creative. I love how she strives again and again to give us “just we we are looking for” I highly recommend using” -Larry M. Jouett

If you check out my recommendation section on Linkedin you will see what some of my clients have to say about my Design Service. If you or someone you know is in need of a trusted designer let me know. I’m always ready to assist!