When you are starting out, you need all the help you can get. I gathered some useful resources as you embark in your freelancing career.
I really like this book, Talent Is Not Enough, which can be a great help when starting out
• City of San Diego Business tax page
• City of San Diego Business tax FAQs
• Fictitious Business Name
• AIGA on sales tax for designers
• AIGA business related webinars
• Northern Califronia Artist Guild- resources page
• Sales taxes in California
We discussed how important it is to have a bulletproof proposal. Every project is, of course, different, but it is necessary to have a template ready. Some jobs may require a longer, more formal proposal, while others only need a simple document in plain English. Below you will find a couple of samples that may help you in this process.
• AIGA sample proposal
• AIGA terms of Agreement
• Simple Proposal/Invoice template
• Design an invoice that practically pays itself
• 5 useful additions to ordinary invoices
Download one of the following line art pieces, and using it as a template, draw and color the scene using Flash tools. Feel free to add any element you would like. It does not have to look exactly as the example, but try to get as close as you can. This is due not later than Monday morning at 8am.
• summer scene
• winter scene
It seems to be a well documented issue, starting from Flash Player 10, but I have not yet found a perfect solution. This forum post points to a solution, but it does not seem to work reliably. I will look some more, but for now, be aware of this issue. And of course, feel free to try to find a work-around…you will definitely earn extra credit for that!