As a design professional and freelancer, part of the struggle in today’s world is in turning away business.
A creative professional will appreciate it when you come to them prepared, with a clear idea of what you need, money to pay for the execution of it, and, of course, ample time to produce what you need. Design isn’t an afterthought. It isn’t “making something pretty.” Design in many cases is as important as function. Bad design wastes people’s time. Bad design makes things hard to read. Bad design means your product stays on the shelf, where the better designed one goes home with the customer. Participate in the process, be prepared, and then trust your designer to produce and you’ll come away with communication, ads, graphics, a logo that will clearly represent you and what you wish to communicate.