* Hiring Guide * What to do when hiring a creative professional?

14 Aug

Saw this on Craigslist yesterday and thought i’d share:

For those of you looking to hire a graphic designer, flash designer, web designer, programmer, or all around artist there are just a few rules of etiquette to remember:

1. People with these skills have put a lot of time and money into learning this craft. Software and equipment to do this type of work is expensive, not to mention the cost of schooling. Many of these people have families to support and think about. Could you make it off of $9 an hour? Have you ever stopped to really consider how much actual work goes into something that seems so simple and seamless? Make sure you offer decent wages for their experience. Do a little research if you need to… find out what other companies your size pay for a similar type of project. ASK the experts you’re trying to hire rather than telling them. And remember, you get what you pay for. Don’t expect to get a replica of ebay for $500.

2. Do not estimate how long you think something should take. If someone says it’s going to take 60 hours to do something, believe it.. don’t argue, unless of course you yourself have the experience or the degree. This isn’t just a point and click profession. It takes thought, and creativity and talent and taste. If you’re getting something custom made or custom programmed, don’t expect it overnight. Bugs happen, glitches come up.. be prepared to adjust your launch dates if necessary.

3. Individual vs. Company. Something to keep in mind in this industry is that there are many many many individuals who present themselves as companies. Why? Because it gives them the ability to market themselves and make a living. If you’re looking for a small company, then say that. But don’t stipulate that they CAN’T be a company unless what you offering is a full or part time in house position.

Doing just these 3 simple things will improve your experience working with a Creative Professional. You’ll find that your hiring process will move a lot more smoothly and you may just find the person you’ve been looking for.

Thanks oh Anonymous Graphic Avenger!


One Response to “* Hiring Guide * What to do when hiring a creative professional?”

  1. Bryan - After5PC September 2, 2008 at 6:10 am #

    Hey, thanks for posting this. I completely agree with whoever posted this on Craigslist.

    One that gets me boiling is when someone says: “This shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, if you’re an expert.”

    What??? How do you know how long it should take? This is not your field!

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