Imagine a scenario for just a few seconds:

You land a new design client. They ask you to do something outside of your normal expertise. You’re up for the challenge and agree to the project, even though you know that learning the new skill will take more than an hour of your time. There’s only one question left.

Who pays for the time that it’ll take you to learn the new skill? You? Or the client?

It took me a while to come up with an answer to that question. After all, the client is the one asking you to do it, but you could also benefit from the skill well after the project is complete.

If you’ve ever wondered who should be charged for you learning a new skill, then look no farther.

Millo has a very detailed and informative article that will allow you to walk away knowing the right answer.

Is it something unique?

Projects that require learning something unique or client-specific should be covered by your client. Since you won’t be able to apply your newly-acquired skills to anything but their project(s), they should bear the cost of your education.

These might be:

  • Learning a proprietary software or web CMS
  • Understanding their business data in order to make graphs, reports, or infographics
  • Designing a newsletter template in software they have (and you don’t) so they can update it weekly

Conversely, if you’re learning a common skill, the extra learning time should be on you. Some common skills include:

  • HTML and CSS
  • Preparing a document for printing on printing presses
  • Creating a PowerPoint (or other presentation software) template”

See the entire article at Millo