Dallas, TX (PRWEB) August 15, 2012
Whether it's the desire to maintain relationships with clients, the prospects of securing additional work, or just out of the kindness of their hearts, 63% of GraphicDesign.com readers said they do not charge more for after hours work. Rather than ask clients to pay more when work occurs outside of normal business hours, nearly two-thirds of graphic designers stick to their regular rates.
The statistic came as a result of a recent article by Sheana Firth centered on maintaining a healthy work-life balance. About one-quarter of the respondents of the same question said, "Sometimes, it depends on the situation," while the remaining 11% selected "Yes, if the situation could've been avoided with preplanning."
Another question in Firth's article asked readers how long each week they spend working after hours if they work from home. A total of 57% of respondents, or just over one in two, said they worked fewer than five hours beyond the norm. Thirty-seven percent said they work five to 10 hours outside of regular business hours, while the remaining 16% said more than 10. And, as was revealed in the previous question, the vast majority of designers are not charging any additional amount for after hours work.
Working from home can be a challenge with distractions from friends, family, and clients alike. As such, a person's schedule can get a bit out of whack. The final question in Firth's article asked if readers found themselves working odd hours.
The responses were quite slanted in favor of "Yes, I am a night owl," which received an overwhelming 53% of the vote. "Yes, I can't help myself, I must work all the time" received 26% of the vote, meaning that 79% of GraphicDesign.com readers agreed that they work odd hours. That's nearly four in five respondents. A total of 21% of visitors chose "Only if I have to in order to meet a deadline."
Commenting on Firth's article on GraphicDesign.com, a piece of content that offered plenty of tips for those working from home, was her husband, Ryan Firth. The author's significant other praised, "I have seen first-hand her abilities working by her side in the family business. I now work out of a home office when I am not on the road and found her tips to be very helpful in making your work place exactly that… yours."
Each week, GraphicDesign.com features an article that contains several multiple choice questions and readers are encouraged to respond to each one. This week's article takes a look at the five best practices for constructing a design portfolio. Visit GraphicDesign.com to weigh in today.
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