• Joel Cook, 3 years ago

    Hi! Can you walk through a little bit of the process of doing contract work for agencies? Were they all local? Were contracts per project or was the contract work for a specific amount of time? Would they require you to be on-site, or was it remote? Would you be doing contract work for multiple agencies at the same time?

    Thanks!

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    • Matt D. SmithMatt D. Smith, 3 years ago

      Mostly all were local to the Atlanta area when I first started out. Started out with a project and an estimated bucket of hours—billed hourly. Later I secured a contract retainer for a year with a guaranteed 20 hour/week minimum. After that, definitely hourly per project with just about any larger agency.

      Not usually ever doing multiple agency work at the same time, because most of my work was always pretty full-time when I was doing the projects with them.

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    • Matt D. SmithMatt D. Smith, 3 years ago

      Oh, and as far as process goes. My first solid agency project came in around 2007 or 2008 because one of their recruiters found my work on some random portfolio site of mine. I had a few phone calls, and pretty much came in and got to work on the first day I got there. Sorted out HR stuff on the spot and got to work. It was kind of hectic that day and they needed a designer quickly. In those times you have an advantage of zipping through any type of hiring process, because they simply nee the work done.

      Other times happened in a similar way at different agencies, especially as I began to have a reputation for delivering good work, communicating well, and just being kind and nice to work with in general.

      The more work I did for agencies the bigger my network grew and it became easier and easier to get work at other places, when someone who had worked with me in the past would vouch for me. Borrowed credibility is a beautiful thing.

      Eventually it slowly turned into more client work and less agency work. It's more stressful, easier to get burned, but you can make more money.

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