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Charging for consultations in freelance projects
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Hey all,I have a potential freelance project coming up and they mention that "if you're interested, we can set up a time to come out there to look at the backyard".  I've been doing this for free and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Apr 15, 2016.

How much to charge for freelance residential landscape design services?
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Hello all,I work for a landscape architecture firm in the bay area but I feel that I'm not getting enough opportunity to be more creative and design more interesting landscapes. Don't get me wrong,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by jigna as Jul 11, 2015.

Improvement I'm making on the job search and some questions
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Well well well, things are finally improving on the job search.  I have improved my portfolio as of late and it finally got me a job interview (with a big, well known firm here in the SF Bay Area!).…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Boice Jan 17, 2014.

Portfolio feedback please
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After a year of leaving the design profession because of the bad economy, I am returning with full force (I'm two years out of school, by the way, and have one year of experience with a landscape…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Sep 24, 2013.

 

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Ben replied to J. Robert Wainner's discussion 'LAND 8 JOBS BOARD'
"I would have to agree with Rob here.  I work in a well established firm in San Francisco and starting salaries for entry levels are probably higher than most of the country, but still do NOT correlate with the cost of living.  Your…"
Oct 3, 2016
John replied to Ben's discussion 'Charging for consultations in freelance projects'
"You should charge $50."
Apr 15, 2016
Craig Richmond, RLA replied to Ben's discussion 'Charging for consultations in freelance projects'
"I don’t charge for the initial consultation. As Corey mentioned, I spend more time qualifying a residential prospect over the phone before I drive out to see them. A prospect will usually give away their intentions if you ask the right probing…"
Oct 30, 2015
Jacob E. Rohde replied to Ben's discussion 'Charging for consultations in freelance projects'
"Our company charges for design... $600 per yard... Be it front or back... $1200 for complete design of entire yard... This can also be flexible depending on the size of yard... If it's small then we will charge less and vice versa.  We let…"
Oct 28, 2015
Corey J. Halstead replied to Ben's discussion 'Charging for consultations in freelance projects'
"Every professional in every industry needs to learn to sell effectively and efficiently. Without a reputation or an extensive work portfolio that speaks to your quality of work, I think it would be unrealistic to charge for the first meeting. That…"
Oct 14, 2015
jigna as replied to Ben's discussion 'How much to charge for freelance residential landscape design services?'
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Jul 11, 2015
Ben replied to Kristen Barre's discussion 'Which has a better employment outlook?'
"You sound a lot like me! My hobbies were very similar to yours. I got the big fat office job and despite some comments here (including mine), it's not all that bad. Probably the most satisfying part of being a landscape architecture…"
Jul 8, 2015
Ben replied to Kristen Barre's discussion 'Which has a better employment outlook?'
"Completely agree with you.  I recently landed my first big LA job a couple months ago.  I was working for a smaller LA firm before that and not exactly job searching but an incredible opportunity through networking came up and I…"
Jul 8, 2015
Ben replied to Kristen Barre's discussion 'Which has a better employment outlook?'
"That's because you're in public practice.  If the politicians propose recycled water and native plants, then you do actually get to deal with some of the fun stuff we learned back in college. If only it was that easy to get a…"
Jul 8, 2015
Ben replied to Kristen Barre's discussion 'Which has a better employment outlook?'
"I want to quote, copy, paste and enlarge the font of this comment and hang it up on the wall of every single landscape architecture classroom in America.  What you said here is SO SO true!!! Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way with my…"
Jul 8, 2015
J. Christopher Ray replied to Ben's discussion 'Transitioning your portfolio from college to professional...' in the group Portfolios and Resumes - Design Strategies
"It depends on the level of employment you are applying to.  It sounds like it is at early design level? Most hiring firms want to see that you have a real understanding about the design process from start to finish. This involves showing a…"
Mar 18, 2015
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Ben's discussion 'Charging for consultations in freelance projects'
"There is something in the sales world that is often referred to as "building value". It is much easier, at least it is for me, to sell MY TIME  at a HIGHER PRICE after I build value than it is for me to sell my time as a consultant…"
Feb 27, 2015
Rick Spalenka replied to Ben's discussion 'Charging for consultations in freelance projects'
"I don't do consultation, that's what the State Extension Service is for.  You pay nothing you get nothing.  When was the last time an auto mechanic came out to your house to tell you what's wrong with your car?  What…"
Feb 27, 2015
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Charging for consultations in freelance projects

Hey all,I have a potential freelance project coming up and they mention that "if you're interested, we can set up a time to come out there to look at the backyard".  I've been doing this for free and then charge for the design. However, I don't want to do this for free anymore.  It takes up time and gas. All of my clients (including this one) have been friends of friends or friends of family (and thus I've been very nice).  I feel that if I didn't know them personally, then I could easily…See More
Feb 17, 2015
Leslie B Wagle replied to Ben's discussion 'Charging for consultations in freelance projects'
"Or, more precisely, your ideas. This is true from our standpoint. The problem demanding some sales finesse for those newly starting and vulnerable is that the possible client ALSO thinks he is investing his time to walk around the property or in…"
Feb 14, 2015
Laura Stabell replied to Ben's discussion 'Charging for consultations in freelance projects'
"I agree with your last line completely-except that I never see helping people or getting them excited about their landscape-or educated about environmental landscape issues, as a waste of time. They might not be ready -yet. I also had one of my…"
Feb 13, 2015

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I'm thinking about attending grad school for LA and I am looking for advice on being educated abroad? I really want to live in Europe again (Scandinavia ideally), but getting my master's there would mean not being a certified landscape architect in…Continue

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