Dear [Project Manager or Producer],

A response template for freelancers and a guideline for producers, from an experienced design freelancer turned product manager.

Look familiar? Producers and project managers send emails like this every day. Freelance designers, developers, photographers, copy writers, sound designers, and animators receive emails like this every day. They’re not helpful. This is a nice-ish one that provides more information than most, but if the deadline is tight, it’s in your best interest to provide more information to freelancers. Don’t be lazy, it takes two minutes to write a bad email, and it takes ten minutes to write a good email. Those eight minutes of consideration will save billable hours once the project has started.

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