Do you have any business tips you wish you knew when you started out?

almost 7 years ago from Ivan Bjelajac, Co-Founder @ Bien /

  • Samuel ZellerSamuel Zeller, almost 7 years ago

    Never work for an agency that prevent you from showing the work you do for them I worked 3 years as a designer (retail design, 3D rendering, graphic design) for top tier brands (Bvlgari, Rolex, L'Oreal) I've designed shop windows for the 5th avenue... But my contract stated that everything I did was owned by the agency and with a strict policy of not showing anything. 3 years of work and you can't even display a single image on your portfolio/website/instagram anything... This sucks to find another job. Now I work as a freelance photographer, people remember my name. I'm not just a guy owned by an agency.

    24 points
    • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, almost 7 years ago

      Agreed. Also the same advice applies for companies that have bad design processes like the CEO micro managing you, or insane deadlines where you can't possibly do a decent job at designing a product in a thoughtful way.

      After youre done you wont have anything to show for it because all your work will be sub par.

      1 point
    • Ryan Hicks, almost 7 years ago

      Why would that even be in the contract? Makes no sense.

      0 points
      • Samuel ZellerSamuel Zeller, almost 7 years ago

        Reason 1, the agency doesn't have a proper website just a minimal landing page. If I display work on my website with credits and the agency name, my website is gonna appear higher in search results when you google the agency name. I guess they don't want this to happen.

        1 point