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One of my very first clients asked me to redesign a “simple” website. Being a young graphic designer, I was so excited that someone was about to pay me to design something (anything) that I ran full throttle into the […]

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This is not one of those posts that rants and raves about how great designers are and how horrible design clients are. In fact, I hate all the bad karma floating around the design community when it comes to dealing […]

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Recently, on the Graphic Design Blender facebook page, one of our fans, Sarah Grant, asked a question about cold-emailing (like cold-calling, but via email) to promote her design business. In essence, the question went something like this: “How do I […]

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been reading a fantastic book recently titled The Four-Hour Workweek* by Tim Ferris. In the book (which I cannot recommend highly enough for freelancers-seriously, it will change the way you work forever!) […]

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Ten years ago, the common things we see on websites are frames, navigation bars (that we still need to scroll up and down, left and right), blinking graphics, moving texts, huge images as backgrounds, etc. Some of us who created […]

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In this age of instant messaging and texting, usage of proper English (or whatever language you’re communicating in) has become a rarity. It’s not uncommon to receive a text from your spouse that might say “k gtg ill b l8 […]

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I’ve recently been reading The Four-Hour Work Week (*aff) by Tim Ferriss and I have to tell you, I’m absolutely loving it! I’m only 45-50 pages (UPDATE: I’ve been loving the book so much, I’m already 127 pages in now […]

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The more I work with designers to help them build their design business, the more I realize there is a common trick that clients use to rip off freelance designers. Some of them do it on purpose to get more […]

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Have you ever beat your head against a wall after getting off the phone with one of those clients who just really gets on your nerves? You know the kind of client I’m talking about. And we’ve all had them […]

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This post is part 10 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 9 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 8 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 7 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 5 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 5 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 4 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 3 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount […]

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This post is part 2 of a series. If you’d like to read part 1, please click the link below: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract For today’s installment of Common mistakes designers […]

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Working this clients can be a difficult task. With lots of training and practice designing logos or web sites and very little practice or official training on working with people, it’s easy for us to make serious mistakes when working […]

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Someone asked me recently if all the work and stress that goes into being a freelance designer is worth it. (Before I jump too far into this post, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment and answer […]

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If you’ve been putting off starting your own design business for a long time now, you’re not alone. A few months ago, designers across the world joined together to enroll in From Passion to Profit, a premium email course we […]

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Google+ has an interesting approach to social interaction. Google looked at how people socialize in the real world and they applied it to Google+. For instance, instead of everybody being able to see what you’re saying, you can group people […]

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You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #45

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Unfortunately, many people don’t see freelancers as serious professionals. Many of them see freelancers as people who sit around lazily in their pajamas all day. They don’t respect freelancers as they would professionals at a firm. While many freelancers love […]

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If you’re anything like me, you have a lot to do. Running a design business isn’t easy and there are a million different pieces to your design business. It can be pretty common to let some less-important tasks fall through […]

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You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #44

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Freelancing can be a challenging field. While it is a source of income, and a way for you to showcase your talent, it also comes with difficulties. One major difficulty is our clients. Not all clients who hire you will […]

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Twitter has more than 10 million users and is growing every day. Everyone from celebrities to the average person is on Twitter. If you’re not on Twitter, you’re possibly missing out on interesting content and people – not to mention […]

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Cover letters are a great way to make a positive first impression. In the design world, the purpose of a cover letter is to introduce a portion of your work history, to exhibit your ability to write intelligently about yourself […]

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You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #43

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We have all heard horror stories about clients. Some take advantage of freelancers, some are unwilling to listen, and some are just outright disrespectful. No freelance designer should have to work with somebody like that. A bad client will only […]

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Managing a freelance design business takes a lot of work. A freelance designer has to manage their projects, their clients, their files, and many more. It’s a lot to do for one person. There are many ways you can manage […]

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You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #42

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A while back, I was talking with fellow designers from my college while working on a freelance project. Knowing about my freelance business, they began to ask questions about freelancing – what to expect, how to get clients, and how […]

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Every web site has a purpose. And when designing web sites that are meant to generate business and income for a company, it’s especially important to do it well. Today’s post will teach you all about how to design a […]

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There’s more than one way to make great money as a designer. If you’d like to increase your design business’ income without dramatically increasing your workload, keep reading – you’re going to enjoy today’s post. Start and maintain a blog […]

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You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #41

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A designer’s life nowadays is very hectic. We have to keep up with our clients, our finances, our personal life, our professional life, and generally anything on the internet. Our minds are constantly racing while we try to multi-task everything […]

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Research When starting a project, the most important key to success is research. With website design, you need know how your users will react based on their wants and needs. Before you start, ask your client questions about their business, […]

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Any good entrepreneur knows that it’s easier, cheaper, and more effective to sell to existing customers than it is to find and sell to new customers. A design business is no different. Many freelance designers waste a lot of time […]

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You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #40

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Business cards are important for designers to have. They sum up what services/products you offer and how somebody can contact you on a small piece of paper. However, most designers don’t take advantage of their usefulness. They usually sit at […]

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Marketing is a hassle, especially for designers. Usually we like to focus more on the design part of our business and less on the business part. We don’t particularly enjoy marketing tasks, but we are forced to do it or […]

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You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #39

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