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For the first year and a half of my adventure into freelancing, I was primarily a web designer. If someone needed a website, I would gladly design it for them. Sometimes I helped with some basic marketing work as well, […]

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I know creatives my age and beyond who like to refer to themselves as “seasoned.” This term makes them sound like they may end up as a roast. I prefer “battle tested.” Much cooler. All kidding aside, age and ageism […]

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We were at the closing table, finalizing our first home purchase, when we found out. We were doing a complete gut renovation on this house, which means we couldn’t live in it for at least 6 months. Our mortgage lender […]

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Writing today’s post is proving much more difficult than I thought it was going to be. After 6+ years of blogging at GDB and interacting with so many of you, we’re closing the doors on GDB and cutting the ribbons on an […]

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I wrote a whole intro for this post, but then I scrapped it and decided to just get right into it :-). So! Here are 4 things we’ve recently upgraded with our creative agency’s web coding service, Reliable PSD, that gave us […]

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Freelancing is great – you can choose your own hours; pick your own clients; charge an hourly rate that you’re comfortable with; and ultimately, do business on your terms (not the terms of your David Brent-esque boss!). One of the […]

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Clients are our best friends and our worst enemies. From the client who pays on time and has clear project briefs to clients who always pay late and try to increase the scope, freelancers are bound to deal with all […]

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Dear friend and GDB reader, After 6 years of providing some of the best business tips for designers at GraphicDesignBlender.com, we’re giving GDB a major upgrade. The first and most obvious change to GDB will be that it will no […]

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It’s a conundrum many of us creative entrepreneurs face: do I list pricing (or typical pricing) on my website or not? Some entrepreneurs swear by it; others refuse…and both make valid arguments. So what’s the “right” answer? And is there […]

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One of my favorite business books of all time comes from Chris Guillebeau and it’s titled The $100 Startup*. The book is packed full of great advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Here’s one that really resonated with me and can help […]

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Now that everyone has a second cousin or daughter in college who’s a “whiz” with editing and layout software, true creative professionals have a lot more competition. We have to be ever more vigilant in finding good clients, explaining our value […]

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If you’re like me, you love to freelance but rely on a separate full-time job for the majority of your income. I’ve been working as an in-house designer for the past several years to pay the bills. Don’t get me […]

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I know the scenario well: You get a call from a potential client and set up a meeting. You spend at least 2 hours prepping, traveling, and actually meeting. Then you spend more time carefully preparing the proposal. Then you wait. […]

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