How to land a five-figure design/UX job
Louise Campbell wrote a great article titled “How I Landed My First 5-Figure UX Design Contract”, but it really could be “how to get a job”. Steps are simple:
- Find where you want to work (limit yourself to people who can pay you fairly)
- Use technology to stalk them.
- When they’re ready, jump on the opportunity.
- Prepare for your pitch.
- Ask smart questions.
- Do a ton of free work up front to show them you get them.
I’d agree with all except #5. I’ve found clients who *expect* free work up front, will expect free work later, and aren’t the clients I want to work with. That step *might* be necessary, and as an employer I definitely appreciate it… but I also appreciate people who do a reasonable amount of work upfront and then ask me to pay them to do the work.