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If you find you have a lot of free time… but not enough clients… this is for you. Here are 3 ways you can take action right now and use that free time to flourish and grow. 1: Send this […]

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The single most important aspect of growing your business is creating happy clients. But creating lasting client relationships can be difficult, especially as a freelancer. The single most important aspect of growing your business is creating happy clients. #FreelanceLife Click […]

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Angelina Samadhi had always been successful. She landed a job with a small agency after college and was able to work on some of the company’s most important accounts. But after her agency career and two businesses of her own, […]

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My son, August, is just under two and is showing all the normal signs of two-year-old behavior: throwing hard objects at my head, refusing to put his diaper on, and protesting even when I give him exactly what he wants. […]

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I hear it all of the time: “I’m going to set up my portfolio so I can start landing freelance clients!”  And at a glance, you might not think there’s anything wrong with that statement. But you’d be wrong. So […]

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If “word of mouth” is your main source of new clients – this is for you. Don’t get me wrong, word of mouth is great, but it’s also inconsistent, unreliable, & sporadic. That’s because you have to wait for your […]

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As a freelancer, you need to be concerned about the security of your website, especially if you use WordPress. I’ve met some designers for whom the word ‘security’ is met with either disdain or a long, painful cringe. The idea, […]

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The other day, while sitting at my desk, I looked over at my bookshelf. I do this often. It’s part of how I think. I come across a problem, and I turn my head to the left and gaze at […]

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Let me ask you a simple question: what are you doing here? Yes, I mean you. You’ve been combing the internet for months. Maybe even years. You’ve read up on more articles about freelancing than you ever thought could possibly […]

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Automation. It’s such a sexy word. I mean, who doesn’t want the most time-consuming, annoying pieces of their business to run on auto-pilot. A few years ago, when I first read Tim Ferris’ landmark business book The Four Hour Workweek, […]

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Being a freelancer is tough in so many respects. Yet, you have the awesome skill set that is valuable to someone, which sparked the urge to strike out on your own in the first place. With freelancing, there’s so much […]

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When we first started Reliable PSD, our web development firm, 3 years ago, we faced many new challenges we’d never experienced before. How do you run a company with employees (we’d never had employees before)? How do you keep your […]

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Denise Love spent over a decade toiling away in kitchens and bathrooms. Not scrubbing them, but designing them. “Working in the kitchen and bath industry was really stressful,” says Denise. “But I wanted to use my interior design degree.” But […]

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As agency owners, my partner and I have received quite a few pitches over the years from freelancers. Most of them get deleted pretty fast. But occasionally – one pierces our jaded, overly-pitched hearts and inspires us to at least check out […]

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The biggest hurdle I’ve overcome is my own mind. From things I’ve read, heard, & seen related to business, I now have ideas and stories floating between my two ears. Unfortunately, most people don’t know what they’re talking about. Which means […]

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As a designer running a small business from home, the part I love most about getting to the gym is the break it gives me from staring at that same computer screen for hours on end. The chance to get out […]

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I hear it all of the time. Newbie freelance writers talk about how they’re overwhelmed by everything they “need” to do. And as a result, they struggle to set up their business and find clients. Some of them even think […]

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Whenever I network, I walk away with amazing connections and clients, and I do it by hardly saying a word. How? In this video, I break down my method that works wonders whether you’re a quieter person, a total extrovert, […]

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It’s counter-intuitive to grow by taking on fewer clients, but it’s necessary. The thing about client services you find out is that there is an allotment of energy you expend servicing each client you have. You email back and forth, […]

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I’ve been running my own business long enough to know that absolutely no one gets into business because they love invoicing. And since it can be such a pain, it’s easy for us to overlook invoicing or pay very little attention to […]

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I wanted to be a writer since the first grade. I remember the day like it was yesterday… My teacher told me the Principal wanted to see me in her office. I was terrified.  Every time someone went to the […]

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3 seconds is a pretty long time. We usually form an opinion based on visual perceptions much faster. Just think about how quickly you “scan” a brochure on its way from your mail to your waste box or what’s the […]

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Lisa Glanz started her career cutting out soccer players in Photoshop for a magazine company. Today 90% of her income comes from selling on design marketplaces. We sat down to chat with Lisa about how online sales allowed her to make a decent […]

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Meet Pat the Baker. Pat loves baking cakes, and one sunny morning decided that he wanted to bake the most perfect, delicious, beautiful cake for his new friend, Patty. But Pat had a problem… … He had no idea what […]

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Plenty of stand-up comedians have had fun skewering the silliness of the “What’s your greatest weakness?” question that job interviewers often ask. The two best comedic answers I’ve ever heard are, “I really struggle with attendance,” and, “For me the […]

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Testimonials are one of the most powerful sales tools you can have. Nothing beats other people saying you are who you say you are. In this video, I break down simple secrets about when and how to ask for them […]

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Ever feel like finding a client on social media is about as achievable as winning the lottery? Maybe you’ve seen tons of stories online about how successful freelance writers are landing clients from Twitter, LinkedIn, or another social site. Yet, […]

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Why would anyone choose an uncertain career path that involves facing fears, having to work harder than ever before and not actually knowing if you’ll be able to bring in enough income to continue living as you’d like to? What […]

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As a freelancer, it absolutely sucks to start out booking work for each month at $0.00. Because starting over from nothing means that every single month—while you’re also trying to juggle client work, produce your own content, and respond to […]

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Our agency’s workflow used to look like this, and while it went well most of the time… it also led to heartache, never-ending projects, and early-onset baldness due to pulling all of our hair out: Conduct all research Create copy […]

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Freelance and design go well together. The biggest question you need to ask is how much college complicates the matter. Fortunately, the problem has already been solved. We know about the challenges that come with being a college student and starting […]

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Testimonials are so incredibly important to getting new clients, yet so often they’re not used at all, or used incorrectly. In today’s video, learn why you’re leaving money on the table if you’re not using testimonials, & how to format them in […]

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When sending an initial client intake questionnaire, proposal, contract, initial designs, or anything where you’ve asked a client to take action, you need to follow up if you don’t hear back from them. Many freelancers don’t realize how important it […]

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Ever since it’s acquisition by Facebook, Instagram has become the new kid in the block no one can stop talking about – especially since the release of the popular ‘Instagram Stories’ feature. Instagram is mobile-only, yet the fastest growing with nearly […]

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If you’re like me and value practical, actionable advice, you might be thinking something like this right now: Mindset? Seriously? How the heck is that going to help me make more money? I get it – I really do. It’s […]

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It’s a pretty common phrase around the freelancing world—“charge what you’re worth.” But I think it’s doing more harm than good. In fact, I think it could be completely killing or holding back some freelancers. I know you mean well. […]

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Do you ever feel like there’s so much going on in your business that your head’s spinning? You’re done with one thing, and a million more pop up? In today’s video, we’ll show you how you can stay calm and productive even when you’re […]

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Ian Barnard is over-the-top talented. Which is one of the primary reasons his handlettering instagram account recently surpassed 120,000 followers. His account, which explores the diverse possibilities of hand-lettering, started not long ago when he first got into calligraphy and […]

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Incorporating a company can be very stressful for some people. If you’re one of them, check out this list of 5 things that you shouldn’t forget to do before incorporating – it could save your nerves and at the end […]

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Finding your unique selling proposition is critical to your success—so why do so many freelancers and solopreneurs forget to focus on this critical element? And why is it so important? In today’s video, we cover all of that and more. […]

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Freelancing itself can be kind of a hassle sometimes, despite its advantages. One of the best aspects of working from home, especially when you’re a parent, is that you won’t miss out on anything with your children. You’ll be able […]

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“Do you offer a new client discount?” “I’d love to work with you. If you can do my project for $X, I’ll start today.” As a creative, you’ve probably heard something like this (or worse) all too often. It’s stressful. […]

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I don’t know about you, but for me, the world of stock photography does not always conjure warm and fuzzy feelings. Maybe you have seen those (hilarious) posts showcasing some of the worst of stock photography. Maybe you have spent too […]

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Hi guys, I’m Lou, co-founder of Reliable PSD, and today I’m going to share with you part 1 of a 2 video series on what is a USP, aka a unique selling proposition, and why it’s so crucial for getting […]

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