How to freelance while traveling the world: my 6 pieces of advice


Last year my wife (slash business partner) and I spent 4 months traveling Europe and the west coast of the U.S. We also didn’t miss a day of work the entire time, and every venture we were involved in experienced some really great growth. In fact, at the moment, I’m at the end of a 2-month trip through Spain, Portugal, and Israel, and again haven’t missed a day of work (except for the 1-week vacation I took at the beginning

How to keep pushing when you’ve had enough and are ready to quit your business


These past couple weeks have been crazy. On one hand, things have been amazing. We’ve been traveling through Europe while working, and business has been growing like crazy at the same time. On the other hand, these past couple weeks have been tough. I’ve slept horribly lately, I’ve been scrambling to finish about 5+ urgent projects all at the same time, and some crazy customer “fires” sprung up that had to be resolved too, but not without nearly giving me

This clever Facebook advertising tip produced instant, amazing results


I’ve tried for a while now to “crack” Facebook targeting for our agency, and for our agency’s new “design to code” branch, Reliable. But the click farms have always been a problem. In case you’re not up-to-speed on the “click farm dilemma,” basically, there are people who are paid a penny every time they “like” an ad on Facebook. This is how people buy thousands of “likes” at a time – a practice that’s way too common. However, to keep

How our agency uses email marketing to find new clients fast


When you’re ready to make a big purchase… let’s say a new computer… you probably go steps like these: First, you start getting tired of the old one. So you start browsing around some websites, seeing what your options are, but you’re not quite ready to buy. Then, you get a little more fidgety as your old computer gets worse and worse and your needs for a computer get bigger and bigger. So you re-visit those sites, and keep shopping

How to win projects when your prices are higher than everyone else’s


There’s a common thread amongst all of the products and services I create or am a part of: they’re expensive. Not ridiculously expensive. But when you compare them to the other products and services out there, they’re either priced above-average or very above-average. This goes for our agency when creating websites or branding. And it goes for our agency’s new design-to-code service, Reliable, that serves other agencies and freelancers. In fact, at Reliable, over the past week we’ve had at

How I grow my business through networking (from a guy who hates “networking”)


Back in the day we had no budget for marketing. So my partner and I would hit up the local networking events every week. For the most part they were completely worthless, and soul-sucking. Everyone there was a shark and just looked at us with dollar signs in their eyes. However, there would always be one or two legitimate prospects there, and we had to make the most of our interactions with them. At first we made a lot of

Does your portfolio website have a case of the “no one ever calls me”?


On a hunch yesterday I started Googling “[insert city here] freelance graphic designer.” I looked at New York, Seattle, San Fran, London, and more. I spread from there to agencies. I saw sites from well-established peeps to ones who, as Kevin O’Leary from “Shark Tank” would lovingly say, were “cockroaches no one’s ever heard of.” (His words, not mine!) Those websites were sick, and needed a dose of GDB advice stat. So I made a list. A list of the

How to compete with big agencies as a freelancer

compete with big agencies

There are established agencies in your town. They get business probably every day of the week. They earn hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars per year. And then there’s you. The lone freelancer. Maybe you’re just starting out. Maybe you’re just getting your bearings. Or maybe you’re well-established, but you’re still in these other agencies’ shadow (possibly without even realizing it). What do you do? You start following these 3 tips as fast as you possibly can… #1: Let NOTHING (n-o-t-h-i-n-g)