Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Websites ~ creating
Newsletters ~ creating/editing
Brochures ~ creating/editing
Social Media ~ setting up their accounts
Greeting Cards ~ customized for what they need
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Website packages for several businesses
Creation of Notary Signing Course using Power Point
Creating 100 wedding invitations (hand stamped and inked)
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Do your research. Know what it is you are looking for and then seek out assistance. If you're not quite sure what you want trust the professional to guide you in your vision. A professional should not hinder your vision but bring it to fruition.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. That it doesn't always look easy. For some of us we have an eye for design but are lousy at numbers. We all work together to get the business off the ground. Also that not all web/graphic artists are alike. You have to seek out the one that shares your vision but also contributes to it.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What (tangible) experience do you have? What can you do for me? How can you help my vision become a reality?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Their budget, the time frame in which they need their project completed and a little bit about what we do. For example if they want a website created look at their friends or competitors and get an idea. I have dealt with some customers who have a vision but due to their focus on what their "competition" was doing they lose that vision.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I am experienced, I am efficient and I believe the customer comes first. Since I focus on the small business (and I have lower overhead) I can afford to offer lower rates. I can also take an item where there is no art work and recreate it or build it from scratch. I am honest, fair and have an eye for design.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love my job because it allows me to be creative. I get to see a plan from start to finish and it makes me feel good knowing I had a part in it. It also makes me happy when I know that my client is happy.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Why do you charge less? What can you do to market my business and make it stand out?
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I helped a friend recently build a website. It was a new to him and he didn't know where to begin. However; knowing me for as long as he has he let me start the process. I was able to create a great site and allow his vision for what he imagined shine through. He loves his site and is motiovated more then ever to get his new venture off the ground.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. That I am GOOD at my job and I have an eye for designing.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I fell into it. I have always loved to create things and when I became unemployed I had a choice; try and fulfill my dream now or just let it sit on the sideline as it had for many years. So I took a chance and so far, so good.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I have one in particular and that is the building of an online classroom. It was a lot of hard work but it paid off and I am proud to say, "I built that site." Granted I am not a "programmer" but to be able to create a great site from a simpler program makes it all worth while.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. In this field there are always changes; new computer programs, etc.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. Creating a full marketing package. Setting up a website, social media, a brochure, invoices, business cards, etc.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Per case basis. I have posted a pricing structure (by packae) on my website.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Learn the market, never be afraid to take a chance and allow people to help you.