Writing proposals has to be the most time consuming and least motivating part of freelance work. A lot of effort goes into the production and presentation, making sure all the client’s questions are answered as well as having answers for any questions that might come up in the future. There is a trick to delivering proposals that don’t require the typical production values, although you still have to write them.
It’s normal to want to fill your schedule with paid client work. But when you’re just working for clients you’ll lose a lot of what makes you a good freelancer. Things like trying out new technologies or tactics. Taking time to work on things that give you pleasure or are useful for other people, like open source or education. There are a few things I’d recommend you do with time between projects, in-case you haven’t thought of them already.
In this article The Logo Creative looks at the tool created by Jessica Hische that helps designers Say “No” To Free and Low-Budget Logo Design Work
Working for free is a debated area in the design industry from well established design agencies to self employed freelance graphic designers looking to get their foot in the door and it can be hard to work out if providing your services is for a worthwhile course or your been taken advantage of.