Chris W. 31 December 2008 I fully agree with being lean. I work for a company with 60,000+ employees and I run my own design company of 1 person, me. There’s a big difference in both cost and how quickly you can turn things around for a client. It’s nice to answer to just one person, the client. And usually the clients I take on respect my opinion enough to accept what I recommend unless it conflicts with a business rule or need. The overhead is low on a very small company, especially if you listen to your clients/potential clients and are extremely good at what you do. Charge what you’re worth and don’t act desperate for the business. Deliver solid proposals and follow up with the client to review and answer questions.