The extremely important business metric you’re not watching

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If you’ve been an entrepreneur for long, there are certain metrics (measurements) you practically live by. You know them like the back of your hand. For us designers, it could be something like average dollars per project, average dollars per month, or average dollars per client. These kinds of metrics help us measure success and sustainability. For example, if I need $1,000 each month to survive, and I know that I have an average dollar per client amount of $500,

5 Mistakes that almost killed my design blog

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Like some of you, I run a successful design blog. But my success did not come easy. I have had my share of failures. But I don’t look back at them with regret. They helped shape my blog and my brand. In fact behind every success story lie a few failures that have had a positive impact on the overall outcome. Today I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight 5 things I was doing wrong with my design blog in

Win one of 2 sets of 250 business cards for your design business

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Last month we ran a sticker giveaway here at GDB (closed) and I asked you if you’d like to see more giveaways in the future. Since most of you excitedly responded “yes,” today, we’ve partnered up with Printrunner to give away 2 sets of 250 business cards to two lucky designers. What’s up for grabs Business Card Size and Style: 2×3.5 (Standard) Quantity:  250 (2 sets – that means 2 winners!) Colors:    4/4 Color Both Sides Paper:    14 pt.

How I went from losing my job to being a profitable freelancer in 18 months

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If you would’ve told me when I got laid off I’d have a profitable freelance design business a mere 18 months later, I’d have laughed at your absurdity. Heck, I may have even snorted. Losing my job = best thing ever? Looking back, getting laid off was the best thing that could have happened to me. It forced me to take action. I couldn’t just put in my 8 hours anymore; I had to decide where I wanted my career

GDB Exclusive: $338 worth of web design elements/tools for only $24

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Today, I’ve partnered up with Steven at VandelayDesign.com to bring you an awesome deal! I’ve been a fan and follower of Vandelay Design Blog for a while now and they’re always offering awesome deals on helpful ebooks, design tools, and design bundles. Today, they’ve launched “Web Designer’s Bundle 2” and it’s packed with $338 of amazing resources and tools for web designers of all levels (I’ve already got mine) and Steven has deeply discounted it to just $29. But wait,

How to grow your freelance business without hiring more staff

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If you were around at the beginning of the year, you remember that in late 2011, GraphicDesignBlender.com was seriously hacked. The site was down for a few weeks and it was quite a challenge to recover fully. Once we finally got back on our feet, we upgraded the whole site and I kicked off the new year with a question: What do you want to read about in 2012? Well, tons of you answered and gave us some great material

50 of the best design business posts you may have missed at GraphicDesignBlender.com

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A note from Preston: GDB is more than 3 years old this year and in 2012, we’ve had a great first half of the year! Why so great? Because so many of you have joined us! My analytics show that more than 150,000 of you have visited the site for the first time in 2012. So I asked  April to compile a list of what she thought were the most helpful blog posts on this entire site. She rounded up 50

Don’t create another job for yourself: Freelancing means freedom!

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There’s a reason I love freelancing and entrepreneurship. It’s not the money (although that’s nice). It’s not the fame. (Wait, who is this guy?) It not that I am my own boss. (Sometimes that’s more work than you’d think.) It’s the freedom. Months when I want to make more money, I can work harder and spend more time on my businesses. But months when I want to spend more time with my wife and 2-year-old son, I can do that