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How to Start & Run a Design Business: Pricing & Estimating Creative Design Jobs

What do you need to know to start and run a design business? Want to run your design business like a boss?

Top Ten Things To Consider When Starting / Running A Business.

Successful Business Man & Designer Chris Do imparts experience wisdom and knowledge on the most important issues entrepreneurs face when starting and running a business.

Frank Shi, a smart, young entrepreneur on the verge of starting a motion graphics business, asks Chris Do the following questions:

1:20 What are some common business mistakes entrepreneurs make in the creative business field?

8:09 How do you effectively communicate with business partners. How do you negotiate fair terms? How do you sell your company/service w/o much experience to show?

10:24 How do you write a mission statement: How do you communicate who you are and what you do in a sentence?

12:11 How do you budget for unexpected things that go wrong in a project: How do you put together a bid?

26:50 How to prevent your business from crashing & burning in the first year? Getting of the Runway.

29:23 Pros and Cons of running a brick and mortar operation vs. running a fluid, mostly remote team?

31:43 Team Building. How to do Management. How to create Company Culture, How to inspire the team?

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  • Julian Kok

    Have you published any books regarding these topics? I'd buy them.

  • DanielClarkVEVO

    hyped on the alien and chocolate decks in the back

  • David Cresswell

    Another great video! I’d love to see a video that goes deeper into bidding 🙂

  • Ayesha Amin

    As a freelancer, how can you bid even $100 when there are plenty of other designers out there, bidding like only $10? Please make a video about freelancing.
    P.S loved this video. Chris Do is awesome! 👏🏻

  • Another Games

    Oh my, I never thought this channel had so much value… 😀

  • Tommy Dräger

    I love how much you trained urself up and how passionate you are. you should definitely gimme a slice of that^^. I liked the "How To Price Design Services & Make More Money"-Episode the most, cause you constantly emphasized the value to the client and how that should affect your offer, rather than throwing out a hourly rate in combination with a rough time assessment. Actually I just give some feedback now, cause this episode covers a little bit of bidding, which is calculated by the hourly rate * days = subtotal. One of the enlightening moments from the "How To Price.."-Episode was the fact that this model is kinda unfitting for that sort of work. I feel now like if it is sorta inconsistent. I hope you could light me up a little bit.

    Greetz comes Berlin

  • Muhammad Ichsan Syafari

    This episode is the best!
    Right now I am really in a lost space here in the Creative Industry in Indonesia.
    Maybe it's because I'm just a fresh graduate, but I just don't like to keep working for a company or someone. I wanted to start my own business and be something more higher than just sitting in front of a PC or a workstation and just "click, click, click" (no offense to other designers).

    Thank you for the great content!

  • William Weekes, Jr

    Hey Chris,
    I was just watching #Flux and he mentioned that he was in Germany on a three-day boot camp learning about reinventing the agency model here the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jJ75cA13X8&t=75s – what are your thoughts on the google sprint process, by Jake Knapp?

  • Kavi Shadow

    This episode feels like it was directed straight at me. Great one. Thanks, Chris and team

  • Bursadesain.com

    great content, thanks

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