Business Processes for Motion Designers

My latest project for Loop is an online course to help motion designers with the business side of motion design.

The new course: business processes for motion designers, is basically everything I've learned over the past 14 years or so of freelance life, and it's everything I wish I'd been taught when I first started freelancing, because it would have saved me a lot of time and money that's for sure.

Freelancing is first and foremost a business, and as a freelancer you're in charge of it all: invoicing, client management, project management, you're the CEO, and the designer... and without the right processes in place for dealing with all these different jobs it can really feel like you're just winging it.

The course covers key processes and procedures that can be used throughout the duration of a motion design project, from initial client contact, to keeping files and emails organised, right up to invoicing the client and getting paid - it's all the admin tasks that are incredibly important in running a business, but for some reason nobody talks about!

Every freelancer at some point or another discovers how useful business processes can be, pretty much all of the processes I talk about in the course are a result of saying to myself: "I wish there was an easier way to deal with this", or when it comes to late payments: "How do I ensure this never happens again?".

Ultimately, it's about having a plan in place for dealing with the situations that arise throughout a project so that you don't even have to think about them, you just simply fall back on your standard procedure, and let it do all the hard work for you, and with that you gain an added confidence in your freelance business.

You can check out the business processes for motion designers course over on Loop.

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Rewilding the planet with freelance animation and motion design

We've only got one planet, and right now it needs all the help it can get. Climate change and biodiversity loss are massive challenges that we need to tackle head on.

That's why, for every freelance animation project over £1000 a donation of 1% of the total budget will be made to the World Land Trust, on your behalf.

The money will go towards WLT's "buy an acre" programme; buying up and protecting vital habitats around the world, and helping fight against climate change.

Any motion design projects under £1000 will have a tree planted on your behalf.

Acres saved so far:

Thanks to my wonderful clients and the animations we've produced, enough money has been donated to save around:

17.5 Acres of vital habitats around the world.

Just think, your animated explainer video or logo animation could also be helping fight the climate crisis!

If you're interested in some freelance animation work and saving the planet, get in touch and let's chat!