Professional Workflow (eBook + Legal Documents)

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Professional Workflow (eBook + Legal Documents)

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Being a great Web designer or developer is one thing; running a successful freelance business is another. Whether you already have experience working for a company or have just graduated from design school, being self-employed entails a number of tasks that you most likely haven’t had to deal with so far. As a freelance Web designer, you’ll often have to do it all yourself, and sometimes all alone.

This eBook provides financial and legal advice that will surely help you to improve your business workflow, and help you carry out sound decisions when engaging in business with clients. Additionally, we’ve carefully prepared samples of legal documents, along with explanations of their purpose and best use.

This eBook is part of the Smashing Freelancing Bundle. If you are eager to learn more about Freelancing, this bundle might be just right for you!

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Full Product Description

If you are looking for more information about Freelancing, this eBook might be exactly what you are looking for.


  • - The Legal Side Of Web Design
  • - Lessons from Corporate Web Design
  • - Web Design Risk Management and Liability
  • - The Finances of Freelancing
  • - APPENDIX: Sample Legal Documents

Lessons from Corporate Web Design—by Luke Reimer

"Web design can take place in a variety of settings; individually as a freelancer, as a web design firm, or working as a web designer within a company that has an alternative product or service. The point of this article is to shed some light on the major lesson one could learn from working as a web designer in the latter category among 15,000 employees rather than working freelance or as part of a small team. Every kind of employment certainly comes with pros and cons, but project management is a tool valuable to all".

Web Design Risk Management and Liability—by Luke Reimer

"Liability, insurance, limiting risk, and an understanding of the legal relationships we have as service providers are important areas of knowledge for web design agencies and freelancers alike. Working at the corporate level requires knowledge of these areas in order to safely navigate through projects and clients while protecting your company’s credibility, reputation, and financial stability. When you engage with a client as a web designer you officially take part in the service economy – the fastest growing area of international commerce.

You become a service provider, and the client a customer or service recipient. This relationship can be compared to a whole variety of service industries, such as a banker providing advice to a client, an IT technician fixing a computer problem, or a gardener trimming the weeds. In each of these, commonalities arise in the relationship that exists, as well as in the responsibilities of each party".

  • Formats: PDF, ePub, Mobipocket (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 92
  • Language: English
  • Released: May 2011
  • Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
  • ISBN:978-3-943075-15-1
  • You might also want to consider subscribing to the Smashing Library to get immediate access to all Smashing eBooks + Digital Editions at an unbeatable price!

Customer Reviews (6)


Not as I expected

I don't think these are the enough document to fulfill the whole need.

Second You should not change the display cover of the pdf showing in the showcase, the purchased one is completely different from showing in the showcase.

At first I thought the table of content seems cool and could be printed if I need for quick read but what I found is like old website like links on the page.

I've to read it now without feel happy.


Posted on 11/26/11


should have combined work order with contract

One MAJOR flaw,The book did not combine the Work Order with the Contract!

Signing a contract with NO information about the project, deliverables, timeline etc is completely useless. Having a Work Order with no signatures/dates is also completely useless.

This leaves me with the huge task of combining them myself, essentially destroying the integrity of both because I don't know the correct sequence or wording to ensure that the document is legally binding.

I would ask the authors to STRONGLY consider an update of this book that COMBINES these two documents so that all info regarding these two documents is in the correct sequence and structured/written in a way that is legally binding.

PLEASE let me know if you will consider this update and when it might be available.


Posted on 10/5/11


Very handy

love the structure of each doc,I already have many books from smashing ...keep the good work .., but i'm missing my proposal doc :(


Posted on 7/24/11


excellent information to have

I was skeptical about ordering this but my curiosity weighed in heavily. Its all summed up and put together in a great little package. I have already used the email templates for new prospects and it just makes things so much easier when so many things go into preparing for prospects and new projects. Thanks for this.:-)


Posted on 7/9/11


That's what every freelancer should know about...

Great eBook!

So much useful documents, no freelancer should miss.

The 4 star rating is because of the adaption process for german law and language. no offense! ;)

Keep about the smashing work!


Posted on 5/24/11


A fantastic resource for all web freelancers and beyond!

As a new business startup in web design and development, I am constantly in search of ways to solidify my business and projects against risk through better practises and more formalised professional documents.

This offering is a great place to start, in fact I have not found one place where all angles of web design (legals, risk management and finances) are covered in a neat little package.

I will be using the documents and customising them for my needs. Here's to a brighter future ;)

Thanks Smashing Once Again


Posted on 5/19/11

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