Which Jobs Should a Graphic Designer Turn Down?

Which Jobs Should a Graphic Designer Turn Down?

It would be amazing to think that I could accept every single job that comes my way; my bank balance would probably think it was even more amazing!

But, I can’t accept every job that turns up in my inbox.

Part of this is because I know that I need to balance my work/life commitments, some of it is because there simply aren’t enough hours in the day and some jobs just aren’t right for me.

So, how do you go about deciding which jobs are a good fit?

Ethical Issues

Everybody on the planet has ethics in some way, shape or form and this can often cause a problem when something you don’t agree with comes a calling.

It could be that you previously had a huge gambling problem, but you’ve finally kicked that addiction and moved on with your life. But then, out of the blue, an online betting company gets in touch to see if you want to design graphics for their new campaign.

Bit awkward, ain’t it?!

Just remember that this career isn’t all about the money. You’re entitled to put your morals first as there’s plenty of work out there if you’re talented.

Likewise, people change. You may not feel comfortable taking that gambling job now, but in 5 years, who knows?

Just take each job as it comes and see if you get that itchy feet feeling or not.

Previous Experience of the Client

We’ve all had that one nightmare client – the one who ruthlessly demands change after change and never appears happy with your work.

And then they get back in touch to see if you’re up for a new project!

Do you really want to put yourself through the grinder again when you know what’s likely to happen?

It’s all dependent on the position you’re in. If you’ve got plenty of work on the go then it’s quite easy to make your excuses. If work’s dried up, however, you’ve got a tough decision to make as you don’t want to become consumed with this client’s demands and, as a result, too busy for the great jobs just waiting to pop up.

On the flip side, of course, are those clients who it’s an absolute pleasure to work for and you should always bite their hand off when they come to you with an offer.

Do You Know What the Client Wants?

Graphic designers have to pitch to win projects and, in a way, that initial contact between client and designer is the client’s chance to pitch.

The best clients to do business with are those that come to you with clear aims and needs. If there’s anything vague about the project and the client can’t clarify it then it’s sensible to get out before any commitment is made.

You see, the last thing you need is a lack of direction as this leads to nothing but delays and a design you’re unable to immerse yourself in. And this, in turn, can result in a client who’s not happy to pay.

Have You Got the Relevant Skills?

Maybe business is slow or perhaps you’re just feeling a touch cocky, but you should never get involved in a job where you don’t have the relevant skillset.

Perhaps you get a job through one day asking whether you can design a 3D geometric paper model. Problem is that your main talents lay in website layouts and logo designs, so you’re going to struggle with the complexities of this new craft.

It’s probably best to turn these unsuited jobs down and, instead, use personal projects to experiment a bit more with these new forms to get you confident and ready to tackle them.

As you can see, there’s no clear set of rules as to which jobs you should accept and which you should turn down. You need to think long and hard about whether the job suits you as a person, you as a designer and if you’re going to be able to complete it to a high standard.



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