Preston is a web designer, entrepreneur, and the founder of this blog. @prestondlee

How to rock at business without starving your creativity

business and creativity

I recently had one of the best moments of my life. My son (who’s currently 4 years old) randomly came up to me one day and said, “Dad, I’m going to be an artist when I grow up.” Why was I so happy? Because when I was his age, I said the same thing. And I see so much of me in him–it’s crazy. Everyday, he’s got dozens of new hand-drawn pictures for me. He writes his own little books

55+ Questions to ask when designing a logo

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Knowing which questions to ask when designing a logo can be difficult. You don’t want to look stupid by asking the wrong kinds of questions. You don’t want to overwhelm your client by asking too many questions. But if you don’t ask enough of the right questions, you could waste hours designing a logo that doesn’t match what your client is looking for. I’ve been there. It’s not fun. Trust me. Below, to help you start thinking through questions to

4 Sales hacks for getting new clients, winning negotiations, and closing the deal every time

sales hacks for creatives

I get that it’s possible to make good money without ever dealing with clients. But still, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess: you work with clients on an almost-daily basis. And, let’s be honest, clients can be intimidating. Especially at first. Because, as a creative entrepreneur, you may not feel like a natural salesman, negotiator, or closer. You’re an artist. You make amazing, beautiful, functional things. I think David said it best here: “I’m an artist

Introducing our new side-project, ‘The Freelance Report’

the freelance report

Today, I’m excited to announce a brand-new addition to the GDB family: The Freelance Report (thefreelancereport.com). Why am I excited? Because until now, our small team has been limited in our ability to fill your life (in a good way) with daily freelancing and entrepreneurship content. Our goal is to be one of the top contributors to your success as a creative entrepreneur. And yes, April does an amazing job to make sure we deliver top-notch stuff every Monday, Wednesday and

6 Money hacks that will set your business up for massive success

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A few years ago, I made a couple small changes that resulted in a huge positive shift for my business. At the time, I was building this blog and running a freelancing gig. And I was busy. Which meant that some of the tasks I liked less than others got less attention. One of those tasks (I’m embarrassed to admit) was bookkeeping and finances. I’ve since learned that a business that doesn’t focus on its numbers is just a hobby. But

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

unplugging

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

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

what the shark tank taught me about pricing

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

How to skip entry-level and find your dream job right out of college

skip entry level

If you are like I was as a University Junior or Senior, you’re chomping at the bit to get out of school. It’s all you can do to keep completing your assignments (especially the ones that feel like busy work). You’re ready to get out there and show the world what you’re made of. You’re ready to get your first “real” job. I’ve been there. (PS: Here at GDB we believe every freelancer should put in a little time at a