GDB is unplugging & you should too (here’s why)

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When I was very young, I used to read the comics in the Sunday newspaper (an activity that I’ve unfortunately discontinued). I fell in love with comic strips like Calvin & Hobbes, Pickles, Baby Blues and others. And for a short moment in life, I even aspired to be a comic illustrator professionally. One day, when I was about 14, the top half of the Sunday comics in the newspaper were replaced by a touching article about a cartoonist and creative who

6 Habits of Super Productive Freelancers

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There are many benefits to freelancing, including the ability to set your own hours and rid yourself of a long, boring, and expensive commute. (Forgot how awesome freelancing is? Read this.) However, one of the downsides of being your own boss is that no one’s there to check in on you. It’s all too easy to lose focus, which only harms you and your business. Especially during the holiday season, it’s harder than ever to carve out hours of productive

5 Graphic design tips to shave hours off your work week

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If you work in graphic design, you’re probably only too well aware of the value of good time management. Graphic designers are required to work tight deadlines and navigate around very busy schedules to get projects completed. Shaving even a couple of minutes off design time here and there can benefit your ability to apply yourself fully to a project. What if we were to tell you that there are ways of shaving a couple of hours off your busy

Why repeatedly bending over backwards for a client can actually hurt your relationship

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Do you have that one client (okay, maybe three?!) that’s habitually totally unorganized and needing something big last week? The one that asks for an entire PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow’s 8am meeting? (Just 20 slides, I swear! 85 slides later…) Or that calls on Friday at 4:30pm to request a “quick” icon set for Monday morning’s software upgrade? I’m talking about the client that always exhibits this behavior, not the client with one rare instance when they dropped the ball.

The no-tears formula for dealing with an unhappy client

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Before we go any further, let’s be clear: no matter how good you, your product, or your services are, sooner or later one of your clients is going to be unhappy with you. It’s better if we just accept that now. Though unhappy clients are inevitable, it’s never fun or easy to deal with an unhappy client. You may want to curl up in a corner and cry or get a nervous tick at the sound of every phone ring, but your

What the biggest ‘Shark Tank’ deal in history taught me about pricing

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Have you ever watched the television show Shark Tank? If you haven’t, here’s the gist: the Shark Tank is a place where hopeful entrepreneurs pitch their business to highly successful millionaire and billionaire entrepreneurs (like Mark Cuban and Daymond John) in an attempt to start, grow, or save their business. The high-profile entrepreneurs invest their own money usually in exchange for equity in the company at question. It’s basically an investment pitch to 5 very successful investors all captured on video. It’s

The 7 ways I handle fear, doubt, and the crazy inner-turmoil we entrepreneurs face

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I have woken up in cold sweats, with the bed literally soaking beneath me. I’ve had nights where sleep just wouldn’t come at all – pushed away by gut-wrenching anxiety. I’ve been pre-occupied with worrisome thoughts that prevented me from getting any simple joys from the nice surprises of life. These things have plagued me when I was just starting out and completely broke, and even now that I’ve obtained some real success. And I’m not alone. If you’ve ever

Simple InDesign tricks to speed up workflow (and get you paid faster)

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Like many designers, I learned InDesign by leaping headfirst into it and figuring it out as I went. (In my case, I transitioned from the Illustrator-centric package design world to the InDesign-centric marketing design world.) I started with the immediate, need-to-know functions. As time went by, I snooped around and learned some simple ways to make InDesign work more effectively for me. What a difference those techniques have made! If I go back into files that I created long ago,