Should You Charge for a Design Consultation?

Should You Charge for a Design Consultation?

How to handle that first meeting with a client is a source of contention with many designers.  How long?  When?  Where?  What information should you get?  How much information should you give?

Like running any business, there is not a single best answer.  Everyone does it a little different and you can too.  In my experience, it is best to get to know the client's needs before meeting with them in person.  I have a lengthy client questionnaire that potential clients are required to fill out before I have an in-person meeting with them.  Reading their answers gives me a better idea of what they are looking for and what they need.  At this point I can also let them know if I don't think I am the right designer for them - all without ever meeting them in person.  If we decide to proceed with an in-person meeting/ consultation…

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