I alway ask for a deposit before I start working on an architectural rendering project. There are three main reasons for this:
- I need to pay my bills, and I can’t wait until the end of a project to do that. Plus, I’m doing my best work, so I deserve to get paid during the work. Sometimes projects take a few weeks, or even months, and going without any money during that time is a hardship.
- The second reason is that sometimes, My client and I will decide to part ways before a project ends. That isn’t my fault. Clients occasionally run out of money or need to stop a project for reasons that have nothing at all to do with me. But if I have the project set up so that I don’t get paid until the end, I run the risk of walking away with nothing, even if I’ve already put a lot of hours in.
- Most projects require me to invest in new assets or maybe a plugin speciaclyy needed for that project
Agreeing with my clients on a few payments over the course of the project, which includes an initial deposit, assures me that my work wasn't done for nothing if we do part ways early.
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