Eleazar Ruiz
Eleazar Ruiz. Graphic Designer Based in Vancouver, WA.


I write about design, business and faith.
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Posts in Business & Design
Design Pricing for Non-Profit Clients

Most of my design background is in working with non-profits organizations. Today I work for a for-profit organization but I still take on a lot of freelance projects, 50% of which generally comes from non-profits.

Due to non-profits' typically limited resources, it is critical to learn an appropriate rate for your services to them. Obviously, the amount of resources varies depending on the non-profit.

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My 5 Dumbest Freelancing Mistakes

Live and learn, right? In the last couple of years I have tried and failed, tried and succeeded, then tried again. Some things can't be taught by books. We are dealing with people here which means total unpredictability. This sometimes means we find ourselves in awkward, annoying, and humbling situations. I hope you benefit from a few of my experiences. 

Here are five or my dumbest mistakes.

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Freelancing Saves the Day

Last fall, I was told that in two months I was going to lose my job. Along with my job, I'd also be losing financial security which left me in fear, confusion and disorientation. 

Thankfully I had two months to figure out what was next, send applications, research, plan, etc. After two months of interviews and applications I wasn't able to land anything promising. As my lay off date came closer,

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