Approach, Attitude….

Approach, Attitude & Process

This is not what you expected…

With a page titled Approach, Attitude & Process I’d bet you expected a lecture on sales & motivation or the power of positive thinking. Well you wont find that discussion on this page (maybe later) the purpose of this section is to explain how DesignWorksAtlantic is going to present itself to you the visitor, so read on and hopefully you will agree with our approach to getting you the information you need to be in the design business and that you will share our attitude toward being a freelance designer. If you are comfortable withthose two points and follow the process we lay out you should be on the way to enjoying a new life as an independent, creative business.

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Freelancer

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This article is about a type of employment; for the computer game of the same name, see Freelancer (computer game).

A freelancer or freelance worker is a person who pursues a profession without a long-term commitment to any one employer. The term “freelance” was first coined by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) in his well-known historical romance Ivanhoe to describe a “medieval mercenary warrior” (or “freelance“). The phrase later transitioned to a figurative noun around the 1860s and was then officially recognized as a verb in 1903 by various authorities in etymology such as the Oxford English Dictionary. Only in modern times has the term morphed from a noun (a freelance) into an adjective (a freelance journalist), various verb forms (a journalist who freelances) and an adverb (she worked freelance), and then from the verb into the derived noun form “freelancer”.

The author and poet Ernest William Hornung (1866 – 1921) also used the term in “The Gift of the Emperor” to describe something of poor quality: “I warmed to my woes. It was no easy matter to keep your end up as a raw freelance of letters; for my part, I was afraid I wrote neither well enough nor ill enough for success.”

Fields where freelancing is especially common include journalism and other forms of writing, copywriting, computer programming and graphic design, consulting, and many other professional and creative services.

The Internet has opened up many freelance opportunities, expanding markets and helping to build it into one of the largest economic segments for many economies. Development for freelancing has been especially high for software development, website design, information technology, and business documentation.

Freelance practice varies greatly. Some require clients to sign written contracts, while others may perform work based on verbal agreements, perhaps enforceable through the very nature of the work. Some freelancers may provide written estimates of work and request deposits from clients.

Payment for freelance work also varies greatly. Freelancers may charge by the day or hour, or on a per-project basis. Instead of a flat rate or fee, some consultants have adopted a value-based pricing method based on the perceived value of the results to the client. By custom, payment arrangements may be upfront, percentage upfront, or upon completion. For more complex projects, a contract may set a payment schedule based on milestones or outcomes.

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