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Postby MateusRoberts » Fri May 08, 2015 8:15 am

Later this year I'll be finishing my portfolio and entering the illustration business. And I would appreciate a lot if some of you could share whatever you know about working on this area. I don't have any specific questions but I don't wanna start completely clueless, so any piece of knowledge helps. :)
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Re: People who have worked professionally, lend me your know

Postby MateusRoberts » Fri May 08, 2015 10:38 am

Actually I do have two specific questions, both about payments:
- Is Paypal the best method to handle international payments?
- How much should I charge in the beginning? (inb4 "how much do you think you art is worth": I can't know how much my stuff is worth when I don't have any basis for comparison, so... numbers pls)
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Re: People who have worked professionally, lend me your know

Postby Zearthus » Fri May 08, 2015 12:00 pm

Don't have any knowledge regarding to how the industry works, but can only guide to one article by Anthony Jones related to this:
https://www.facebook.com/Robotpencil/po ... 3541909754
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Postby MateusRoberts » Fri May 08, 2015 7:26 pm

That helps a lot, thanks Zearthus.
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Re: People who have worked professionally, lend me your know

Postby Ross » Fri May 15, 2015 3:27 pm

Yes, paypal for everything. I live in the US and one of the US companies I've worked for sends me checks, but everyone else uses paypal.
Here's ArtPACT's guidelines for rating companies' payscales, it should give you a pretty good idea: http://artpact.com/Articles/32/PACT-Pay ... for-Review

You may want to get a membership with them so you can see the reviews, though they are mostly depressing. People often say exactly how much each company pays for different work. There's a ton of work in the $50-200 range (i.e. kinda awful).

Don't start work until both parties have signed a contract and they tell you how they will pay. If they ignore questions about payment: drop them. They are just looking to screw you.

Don't be afraid to ask clients questions about the business stuff or whatever. They won't think you're an idiot, they'll probably be glad to clear up any misunderstandings.
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Postby MateusRoberts » Fri May 15, 2015 3:55 pm

Thanks a lot, Ross! I've seen the contracts up on ArtPACT but how does that work? How do people sign contracts over the internet?
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Re: People who have worked professionally, lend me your know

Postby Ross » Fri May 15, 2015 7:11 pm

Well, some companies use online signature services, like docusign, or echosign, or you can just do it with a pdf in acrobat reader, like so:
https://youtu.be/o7HCns-pvAo?t=13s
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Postby MateusRoberts » Fri May 15, 2015 7:32 pm

Thanks again!
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