The secret to finding clients you actually want to work with

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If I asked the GDB community which clients they’d most prefer to have, I’m guessing 99% of you would say, “the ones that pay.” (Or some derivative of that.) Am I right? However, just because a client pays well and pays on time doesn’t mean they aren’t a stressful, rude, big pain in the neck to work with. So how do you find clients that you actually want to work with? Follow these tips… Know thyself You can’t know if

Win our new ebook bundle + video call with April Greer + bonus book

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At GDB, we’re committed to providing amazing content to help freelancers at all levels escape agency life and build a business you love. We especially love tackling your tough questions, and there may be no tougher aspect of freelancing than determining what you should charge. That’s why I spent the better part of a year developing How Much Should I Charge, GDB’s all-new eBook bundle! A note from Preston: This is perhaps the best ebook we’ve released to date here

How to make client designs more affordable without lowering your price

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In a perfect world, clients would have ample room in their budgets for design work and would happily pay you immediately upon project completion. But who knows if they even have designers in Heaven, so let’s focus on life here on Earth: most clients, especially the start-ups and the entrepreneurs and the small businesses, fit design into their budget begrudgingly. Simply put, the average client wants more work done than they can afford (or believe they can afford). And since

What designers with endless clients and referrals do but you don’t (yet)

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Here at GDB we talk a lot about how to convince your design clients to hire you again (and again and again and again). We’ve talked about upselling your next design project and when the right time is to ask for referrals. But what if you didn’t have to do any convincing? What if your clients called you “their favorite call of the week?” You might say you’ve died and gone to freelancer heaven. All right here on Earth. And guess

Should you charge your client for your learning time?

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Have you ever had a client ask you to do something outside of your realm of expertise? Maybe they want some extensive customization to their WordPress theme. Or a fillable PDF form that calculates based on user input. Or some major Photoshopping on a particular image. Whatever it is, you know you’re going to have to improve your skill set to complete the project. And that’s going to take more than just an extra hour of time. But you’re feeling

How to thank your best clients this year (without going broke)

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Can you believe it’s already December? If you’re like me, you’re scrambling to put together something for your best clients in time for the holidays. But what to do? And how can you afford it – December generally being a slower month for designers* (and generally more expensive in our personal lives)? You’re in luck…I’ve done the research for you. (If only all research included scouring Pinterest!) Here are a number of fun, crafty, tasty, and most importantly inexpensive holiday

How to give constructive criticism without being a jerk

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Have you ever been asked to critique a fellow designer’s project that needs more than a little bit of work? You don’t want to come off as snooty or rude and you certainly don’t want to hurt their feelings, but you do need to make it clear that there are several improvements that could be made. And while your mind automatically wants to mess around with it on your own, it’s not your project, so what you’re really looking to

How to quote a project you’ve never tried before

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Deciding to tackle a project you’ve never done before takes guts. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Can you do it? Is this going to be a total disaster? Are you going to absolutely rock it? Once you make up your mind to go for it, you’ve got an even bigger challenge: how to quote a project you’ve never done before? Not only do you need to determine pricing, you also must guesstimate a time frame. The criteria