Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Know what you want. If you have no vision or thought in your head of a finished product, I can't help you. Provide examples of anything you like: color schemes, design elements, etc.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Respect art and design as you would any other profession. People often ask, "Can you paint me something?" but balk when they are confronted with a price tag. If you're willing to pay a mechanic or a plumber for a service you otherwise couldn't do yourself, why are artists treated differently?
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Customers should understand their needs (and budget) before wasting their time, and a designer's time, with convoluted requests.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Do my requests and budget match? For example, if you want a logo done for your business, but are only willing to spend $100, you're crazy. People want strong branding for their products but are rarely willing to pay for it. Designers aren't missionaries. (Some of them might be, but that's a separate job.)