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

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

When to offer extra services to your design clients

Have you ever started working on a design project for a client, only to realize that they need a lot of design work done in more than one area of their business? For example: I was hired to design a web site for a local entertainment center and realized that they also needed a whole new branded look including business cards, flyers, and (of course) the web site that they hired me to do. I realized in that moment, that

How to deal with the dreaded 'design by committee'

I cringe every time it happens: A client contacts you for work, you settle on payment, timing, and all the other important details, you work hard to get them a preliminary design and then it happens. Their response? “I have to show it to a group of people here and then I’ll get back to you.” Doh. ‘Design by committee’ is one of the most frustrating and annoying aspects of being a designer because opinions can range widely within even

The freelancer's plateau (and how to overcome it)

In the career of every freelance designer comes a plateau; a moment when you simply can’t make any more money because you don’t have any more time to give to your business. This has always been the inherent problem with freelance designing: no matter how hard you work, there are only 24 hours in a day. Once you max out your hours, you can’t make more money without raising your rates. If you haven’t hit this plateau yet, you will.

You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #38

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #38

Skyrocket your freelance design business with these time management tips

Pressed by the daily responsibilities, working incessantly to meet deadline and never finding the time to handle other matters – these are the main problems that you have to deal with as a freelancer; in such situations, following the suggestions on managing time as a freelance designer should prove helpful. Suggestion #1: Be organized Someone once said that an efficient person sees order in everything. While there is a fine line between being organized and compulsive, you have to recognize

6 Elements of money-making blog design

Chances are at some time in your design career, you’ll be asked to design a blog. Or maybe you’ll want to design a blog for yourself or your design business. And designing blogs is fun. But there are also a lot of considerations to take into account when designing a blog – especially if you want it to make money for you. Below, you’ll find 6 elements of a money-making blog design. Whether you design a blog for yourself or

5 Things a Design Agency Looks for when Hiring Freelancers

The life of a freelance designer is rewarding. You make your own hours, choose your clients, and have the kind of autonomy most people dream about. But it’s not all roses and champagne. The myth of the freelancer working with their brand new MacBook Pro on a beach in peru is…well…a myth. You might have long droughts without work, or a spat of difficult clients. One of the best ways to balance the freelance lifestyle is to build relationships with