My top 7 secrets on how I run my (super-successful) design business

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This year marks my eleventh year in business. That’s 11 years of solid practice running a design business and figuring out what works… and what doesn’t. Just the other day I had a client say to me “Geez Bianca, you don’t muck around… I bet you’re the type of woman who wears her underpants on the outside.“  I was laughing so hard at the image in my head, that it took me a couple of seconds to figure out what

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Fear Design Outsourcing

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It seems I caused a little bit of a stir in my last post when I suggested you could potentially outsource some design tasks to cheaper labour in places like Manilla. I do love a hearty discussion so I thought I’d quickly lay out my top 6 reasons why design outsourcing isn’t something to be feared. I’d love to hear what you think! Sites like Fiverr are your resource as much as anyone’s. Same goes for eLance or oDesk. Sure, they

The ultimate guide to escaping the “hours for dollars” trap

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The ultimate guide to escaping the “hours for dollars” trap

My first business was in manufacturing. I was 10. I used to make all sorts of dazzling arts and crafts and sell them at the local Sunday markets. I remember the table being so huge I could barely see over top of it to talk to my customers; then again, everything seems huge when you’re 3 feet tall. By the end of each market day, I’d pack up what was left, assess the best sellers, count my earnings and go

13 Signs You’re a Design Slacker (And How to Step Up Your Game)

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Admit it. There have been nights you’ve gone to bed without brushing your teeth. Some days you skip washing your hair. (I’ve just discovered dry shampoo and I’m embarrassed to say I use it, but hey, this mini-mohawk is temperamental so desperate measures are required when I’m in a hurry). Other times, you ventured out wearing the same underwear cos you’ve fallen behind with the laundry. Eww, I know, but whatareya gonna do? Go commando? Come on admit it, we’ve

10 Embarrassing Examples of Designer Jargon You’ve Really Got to Stop Using

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Who decided jargon was a good thing? When did we start believing it made us look smarter? I don’t know about you but one of my biggest gripes as a designer is the amount of jargon I come across, especially in the web industry! I despise it so much, I actually created a strict ‘No Jargon Policy’ over at Web123 and I encourage my design partners to follow the same suite. If we absolutely must use jargon for some technical

97 Habits Of Insanely Profitable Designers

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If you want to be insanely profitable doing what you love (that’s design by the way) then you need to find a happy balance between art and commerce. Basically, you need a head for business and a mind for design. On the surface, profitable designers aren’t that different to unprofitable ones; the one real difference is that insanely profitable designers have developed specific habits that allow them to succeed. 8 years ago I was financially stressed, I couldn’t pay all