Not in your job description?

My favorite projects are identity and web design. They’re fun, challenging and I know I’m good at those. But I’ve also been hired to do magazines, infographics, posters, illustrations and various others. And more often than not, I’ve said yes. Even when I wasn’t sure I knew what I was doing. I simply learned on the go.

As a designer (or whatever job you have or title you call yourself), you should choose what projects to take on. That’s the advice we hear often.

But to be picky when no one’s ever heard about you yet? Not very smart.

For one thing, you’re broke (and they’re about to cut off your internet because you’re way overdue paying your bill and you’ve been living on instant noodles for the past three days).

But really, put yourself in the client’s shoes and you’ll understand he’s hiring you because he honestly thinks you’ll do an excellent job. How shocking to disillusion him!

So go ahead and blow him away with your brilliant work.

But what’s in it for you?

You will learn something new and perhaps, exciting.

You may even realize that you’d much rather pursue packaging design than web design after all.

The variety of work will sharpen your creativity.

And your clients will love you,

…and rave about you to their friends

…and you’ll get more projects

…and you can charge more,

…and you’ll never again have to worry about your internet getting cut off…

…and finally you can choose your projects.

Of course, it goes without saying, don’t take on projects you really, really can’t do.  You’ll be pulling your hair out trying to draw a highly-detailed mascot when you’ve never in your life gone beyond stick men.

But don’t  turn down a job merely because it’s “not in your job description”. You’re better than that.

  • February 3rd, 2014 /