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

7 Signs you’re approaching business burnout & how to save yourself before it’s too late

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signs your approaching business burnout

So the honeymoon phase is over with your design business huh? Me too. I’ve been running my own business for more than five years and a few months ago, this truth really began to hit me hard: A job where you work for yourself eventually becomes (gasp) a job. 1. You don’t feel creative anymore. One of the fastest ways to know you’re approaching business burnout is to take note of your creativity levels. Do you feel like you have

Why ‘doing work that matters’ doesn’t mean you have to quit your job

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work that matters

Half a decade ago, I (along with half the world, it feels like) got caught up in the lifestyle business craze when I read Tim Ferris’ The Four Hour Workweek for the first time. Since then I’ve read dozens and dozens of books on self-help, entrepreneurship, lifestyle design, and more. And there’s one phrase that has really made the rounds. One that has turned into a bit of a buzzword in books and on the internet. And I totally understand why:

Why I paused my revenue-positive membership site (and 3 business lessons you can learn from it)

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pause

In February 2014, I launched an all-new members-only section of Design Blender called Stoked. And last Thursday just under six months later, I basically put the whole project on pause. It wasn’t a flop. It wasn’t a failure. And I didn’t lose money on the project. In fact, it brought in quite a bit of extra revenue which allowed me to grow Design Blender in new and exciting ways. So today, I’d like to explain why in the world I

Are client emails binding contracts?

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Email Clients

A couple weeks ago, Karol wrote a great post about not getting cheated by your design clients. In that post, we recommended (as we always do) that you have a signed contract with most of your clients. But in the comments on that post, we had a fascinating question posted by GDB reader Ranjit that said this: Would emails and all other correspondence between client and designer not act as some sort of contract? I found Ranjit’s question extremely important

8 Ways to build your business fast with $4 per day (the cost of a daily coffee)

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coffee cup

If you’ve ever looked into personal finance, you’ve probably heard some sort of advice that sounds something like this: “If you saved $4 every day instead of spending it on your morning coffee, you’d have nearly $1,500 plus interest in your pocket at the end of the year.” But giving up your morning coffee (or afternoon pastry, or lunch at your favorite café, or whatever) seems like a big sacrifice to only wind up with $1,500 extra dollars in your

Hey entrepreneurs: you’re thinking too much

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Man Thinking

Have you ever considered the fact that you might be thinking TOO much when it comes to building your business? You spend weeks and months (maybe even years) trying to figure out which email software to use, which color to make your call-to-action button, or whether to build your portfolio on WordPress or Squarespace. You fret over details like how much you should charge your first client, what your site’s color scheme should be, and what time of year you

7 Things Successful Freelancers Never Say to Their Clients

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not say to clients

If you’re not careful as a freelancer, it can be easy to get caught up in the heat of the moment when talking with a client. But whatever you do, don’t let one of these phrases slip out while you’re working with a client or you may find yourself regretting it later! 1. “That’s just a bad idea.” If you ever get a hankerin’ to use this phrase, you wouldn’t be the first freelancer in history to feel that way.

Why entrepreneurs should only plan ahead 90 days

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Plan ahead 90 days

I get it. You’re an entrepreneur. So that means you have to have a one-year plan, a three-year plan, and a five-year plan–all with their own backup plans each. Right? I disagree. In fact, most of the successful independent entrepreneurs that I know personally do three things: They think big. They start small. They don’t go overboard with goals and plans. It can be easy while you’re thinking big to get caught up in making plans for the next decade.