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Paid per accepted graphic!

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum' started by imoscar, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. imoscar

    imoscar New Member

    One of my clients wants to pay me by accepted graphics, for a website! Not how long it takes or how many I do, before its accepted. Some will be simple and quick but some could take a few hours or even a day, depending. Also when they need one doing it has to take priority. I always work on hourly rate, I have for them before, but they don't want to pay like that. There are a few of them who have to accept it too, in the past I have done banners and images where 4 like it but 1 doesn't, so back to the drawing board.
    I am fairly new to freelance. Has anyone ever come across this kind of pricing before, or this kind of client?
  2. freelance4money

    freelance4money New Member

    My alarm bells would be ringing !!! Tell us more what you mean by "accepted graphics".
  3. vwells

    vwells New Member

    Not come across it yet, but I've heard it exists. I think if you already feel that it's not very fair to your hard labour, then you may end up feeling very unhappy about doing the work.
  4. Opus

    Opus Member

    I've heard of similar arrangements elsewhere, although not necessarily for web graphics. In fairness there are good reasons for doing it this way – they know what to budget for and you have less admin time in terms of quoting jobs out or justifying the time invoiced. Having to get the approval of 5 people is a concern, especially if they can find the slightest reason to reject it, but you should take this into account when submitting your quote. In many ways it depends on the agreed price – overall you should aim to make at least the same as you would if you were billing by the hour (you'd make more on some jobs than others, of course).

    As vwells says, you have to be happy with the agreement. If you (or even your client) have reservations about the arrangement or feel you are being ripped off it won't make for a good working relationship.

    Is it possible you could agree two or three levels of set fee? ie - standard fees for a simple graphic or amend to an existing one, a complex design (a day's work) and perhaps something in the middle too. Before starting each one you'd have to agree which level it was, but at least it would allow them to have a better idea of what they'd need to budget and would keep the invoiced fees closer related to the work done.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2010
  5. Prologue

    Prologue New Member

    I would thank them for the work already undertaken, and end the relationship in an amicable way. It is sometimes very tempting to take every job thrown your direction, but this will only serve to cause you more trouble than it's worth.

    The fact your raising the issue shows that something isn't right.
    I would be very upset to be working in those conditions.
  6. Victorious

    Victorious New Member

    I have the same problem here and for 3 months I had to mess about with designs to get the final acceptance - NOT WORTH THE MONEY THEY PAY YOU...

    Just say no.

    Usually I give people the rough calculation of hours needed to finalise the project and then charge per hour rather than per graphic.
  7. c69

    c69 New Member

    Just like everyone else told you - if your customer only wants to pay for "accepted graphics", he is 99% a fishy guy.

    Refuse such offer.

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