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When you’re starting out as a designer, you’ll often be advised to do some work for little or no pay, just to get experience and some material for your portfolio.
It makes perfect sense. How else can you demonstrate your skills to a paying customer? You have to start somewhere. Plus, it’s good practice to be accountable to a client from start to finish.
How do you go about finding these non-paying clients? Did you do some networking through friends and family? Were you a customer who simply offered to help? Did your friend with a small business need a website? Or, did you approach charitable organizations and non-profits?
Were you satisfied with the final result? Was the client happy?
And finally…when is it time to start charging for your services? If you’re doing a project for a friend, how do you determine your fee?