Five ways to stay productive during a power outage

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True story: Last week I had a GoToMeeting client call at 9am, but I had a dentist appointment at 8am. No worries, right? But my dentist was running 40 minutes late, so I was 14 minutes late to my 9am meeting. As soon as I got home I emailed him that I was ready for the call. The instant, and I mean *the* instant I saw the meeting email, we lost all power at my house. It flickered once and

How to build a killer physical portfolio and win your next account

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A picture is worth 1,000 words. Keep that in mind when you go to your next potential client meeting. You want to make a great first impression and win the account. While what you say and how you act are very important, ultimately, the client wants to know that you can deliver. However, you’re probably not the only freelancer your client is interviewing. You need to wow them, and you can do it with your portfolio – and your accompanying

How to offer a professional discount without cheapening your services

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We all know the dangers of discounting client work to get our foot in the door – we already have enough trouble haggling over pricing as it is. However, there are times when a client earns a discount. Maybe they’ve referred multiple new clients, or perhaps they’re excellent clients and you want to thank them. (Remember, always discount the next project, not the current one, to keep ‘em coming back!) But you don’t want to offer a coupon like a

How to make your home office a sanctuary (and never rent office space again!)

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When you’re stuck in a cubicle, all you can dream about is the freedom of working from home. Your own office, your own tools, your own decor…oh, it’s simply glorious! Then real life smacks you in the face: you’re distracted by a steady stream of interruptions, your backside hurts from sitting on your hard kitchen chair all day, and someone moved those notes that you absolutely must have for your client meeting. But before you justify the financial burden of

How to make sure you have clients (and income) all year round

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Whether it’s from clients or from fellow designers, I hear this a lot: “Business was going great. I had a lot of customers and was really busy, but now I’m not because <insert reason here>. So I need to figure out how to market myself to get more customers.” Do you recognize the big problem with this statement? If you don’t, that’s okay, because I’m about to share why you should never catch yourself saying this ever again. The BIG

How to squash the dreaded ‘forever project’ and finally get paid!

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You know the “forever” projects I’m talking about – those that are three months behind schedule yet your client wants to see “just one more” color scheme or isn’t sure about the copy. When once you were thrilled about landing a great project, now you’re just hoping they’ll make up their minds and put money in your pocket. If you’re stuck in this nasty situation, follow these steps to find that light at the end of the tunnel (and then

8 Vital financial terms all freelance designers should know

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If you graduated from art school, a trade school, or even with a liberal arts degree, you know that they don’t teach you how to go into business for yourself. Suddenly, besides designing and dealing with clients, we’re thrust into this world of accounting, bookkeeping, and finances. After all, a business that doesn’t make money is just a hobby, and it doesn’t put food on the table. Unless you can afford an accountant, you learn about the financial side of

How to deal with high-maintenance clients (and not ruin the relationship!)

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Have you ever had one of those clingy clients that calls daily? Twice daily? Sunday afternoon? Do you save their number in your phone just so you can press “ignore” when you see them calling (for the third time in two days)? If you haven’t, you’re lucky! (If you have, leave a comment on this post telling us about your clingy client experience!) Clingy clients, as I call them, are a huge distraction. Not only are you taken away from