How to consult as an IxDA?

22 May 2007 - 9:50am
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russwilson
2005

I was recently asked how to get started doing contract/consulting work
as an IxDA (what type of business entity to form, what standard agreements to
use, etc.).

Does anyone know of a good reference site for this type of information? Any good pointers? I know this has been discussed before but I've never paid that much attention to it.

Thanks!

Russ

Russell Wilson | Director of Product Design
NetQoS, Inc. | 5001 Plaza on the Lake, Austin, TX 78746
512.334.3725 | russell.wilson at netqos.com
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22 May 2007 - 10:43am
mtumi
2004

I think you can start with a lot of the same resources as any
freelancers would - freelance designers in particular.

here are a couple quick links:
http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/professional-practices
http://www.creativepro.com/category/feature/223.html

For books on taxes and small business questions you might check nolo
press - they publish a lot of books like that.

For guidelines on what to charge, getting started and so on you might
check the graphic artists guild handbook. It is only partly
realistic, but there is some good info in there.

As I said none of these are IxDA specific.

Offhand, I'd say:

business entitity - most likely LLC
As far as standard forms, I'd just look for ones you like (invoices,
contracts, etc) online and munge them together as necessary.
Personally, I have either billed on a flat project basis or hourly.
In the event I am going the project route, you need to estimate high
(I used to do 1.5 times of what I thought it would take me), as there
will always be more time required than you think. In the unlikely
event it takes you less time than you thought you can always charge
the client less than you quoted and they won't think badly of you for
that.
When you start, I'd just say to keep track of your time carefully so
you can get better at estimating for the future.

HTH -

Michael

On May 22, 2007, at 10:50 AM, Wilson, Russell wrote:

> I was recently asked how to get started doing contract/consulting work
> as an
>
> IxDA (what type of business entity to form, what standard
> agreements to
> use, etc.).
>
>
>
> Does anyone know of a good reference site for this type of
> information?
> Any good
>
> pointers? I know this has been discussed before but I've never paid
> that much attention
>
> to it.
>
>
>
> Thanks!
>
> Russ
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Russell Wilson | Director of Product Design
> NetQoS, Inc. | 5001 Plaza on the Lake, Austin, TX 78746
> 512.334.3725 | russell.wilson at netqos.com
> <mailto:russell.wilson at netqos.com>
>
> NetQoS: Performance Experts
> www.netqos.com <http://www.netqos.com/>
>
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22 May 2007 - 10:49am
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

> I was recently asked how to get started doing contract/consulting work
> as an IxDA (what type of business entity to form, what standard agreements to
> use, etc.).

Wow - being an IxD consultant isn't that easy. Personally, I recommend
writing a book. Wthout it, I doubt I'd have half as much work. ;)

Of course, writing a book isn't that easy, either.

On a more practical level: I currently operate as a sole proprietor,
using my own SS# for my tax ID. I plan to set up an LLC soon, though,
because it's supposed to make dealing with taxes significantly easier.
You can do it online, from what I know.

-r-

22 May 2007 - 10:54am
Jeff Howard
2004

It's not a perfect fit but the Graphic Artist Guild Pricing and Ethical
Guidelines has been a good resource for me.

http://www.amazon.com/Graphic-Artists-Guild-Handbook-Guidelines/dp/0932102115

It's geared toward graphic artists and illustrators, but there are
several sections that are more general about proposals, invoicing,
taxes and an extensive list of templated contracts and business
tools. There's also some interesting information that I didn't know
about how the IRS determines whether you're actually a contractor or
an employee and some pitfalls to watch out for like the dreaded "work for hire."

// jeff

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