I recently listened to my all-time favorite Podcast series called After The Jump (with Gracey Bonney of Design Sponge). She had guest, Lynn Casper of Homoground, come and chat about getting paid what your worth and inherently talking about other people recognizing your skill set as being worth something. This is a topic that gets thrown around A LOT in the creative community because it’s super difficult to put a dollar amount on creative services.
Here’s a few tidbits that stuck with me:
1. viewing creatives as “producers of content” is a easier way at putting value on the content produced.
2. Because producing content takes an extreme amount of time, it’s smart to create multiple “revenue streams” to balance out the money coming in and relieve a little of the stress of a perpetually fluctuating pay check.
3. You have to stay financially sound in order to produce creative content. If you are questioning whether or not you should work for free, go to JessicaHeish.com
4. Stand up for your work and don’t let people walk over you. Get paid for everything you’ve produced and don’t let other devalue your work!
5. This one is BIG…Exposure isn’t payment. If you’re a young designer, there are other options….AND you can create your own exposure if you want.
6. Know when nice is “too nice.”
Do you guys think about this topic a lot. It’s really tough being a young creative woman trying to make a living off of your art and I’ve love to hear any tips you have on the topic.