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Publisher's Summary

Co-founder of Mule Design and raconteur Mike Monteiro wants to help you do your job better. From contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other, this brief book is packed with knowledge you can't afford not to know.
©2012 Mike Monteiro (P)2014 Mike Monteiro
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By Oliver Nielsen on 08-15-14

Brilliant, bright and extremely useful.

Mike tells it like it is. Here's how to sport a healthy web / design business. His advice is sound and valid. I agree a 100% with him, as it's the way I've run my own business and dealt with clients since I started in 2009. It's what has made my business profitable and stable while some of my "best" competitors have burnt their noses on bad clients, big projects that drag on forever, doing too much free work due to lack of clear scope at project initiation etc etc etc.

He gives great advice on how to deal with problematic clients, how to charge, what to charge, what to look out for, how to work with freelancers, and more. Well, basically it's how to deal with all the stuff most web / designers struggle with.

I have already recommended this book to three people, all of whom I know will benefit greatly from it. One of them has already praised it as much as I do.

It's extremely useful and to the point.

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By christoffer langenskiöld on 03-26-17

A must read for all designers

Great take always.
The most importants ones for me today:
- When the budget is low: meet the budget by narrowing the scope, not changing your processes (e.g. Dropping research)
- When writing a client contract: Intellectual Property transfers on full payment
- When hiring: tell them honestly where you think their skills are today and where they should be in 6 months

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By Natalie Foo on 09-14-15

How all audio books should be

Great advice for all designers new and not so new. Narrated in a very entertaining and enjoyable way

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By Jeremy Neech on 07-15-15

Essential reading for designers and design managers

Absolutely essential reading for anyone working in design - a life of lessons learnt so you don't have to do it the hard way too

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By Suraj on 12-07-16

Practical Advice

Would you listen to Design Is a Job again? Why?

I have listened to it a few times. I am a freelancer, so a micro-business, and I find that as I become more experienced, I glean new gems from this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Design Is a Job?

The need for a good lawyer.

What about Mike Monteiro’s performance did you like?

He's pretty funny and sarcastic. A nice mix.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. It's good to think about some of the advice he mentioned before moving onto the next section.

Any additional comments?

Listening to this audiobook led me to a presentation by Mike called "F&*k you, pay me," which can be googled. It's a gem.

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By Hugh D. Macfarlane on 01-18-16

Valuable guide to business for new designers

Mike's heart is 100% in the right place. Whilst this book may hold limited appeal for those with established and successful businesses, it is perfect for creatives yet to transition from hobby to business, and likely to not be earning fair rent on their labour.

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