One of the most common questions in the creative industry is ‘’how much should I pay for design services?’’ Well, there is no definite answer, but there is a list of factors that you, as a client, should know and consider before writing that check. Unfortunately, in the creative field, it is not about being an expert but to look like one. Many "agencies" drive clients into paying rates as if they were hiring an exclusive team of experts solely dedicated to their project when it is just a one man’s band with uncertified ‘‘design skills’’. It is important that clients know that design work needs to be paid fairly and accordingly, but also that clients know enough to not get ripped off by “design scammers’’. Here are a few things you should consider when hiring creatives for a project.