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

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

You’re an expert to someone

expert-to-someone

Last week, I had an opportunity to speak to a group of students at my Alma mater and I had a complete blast. My presentation was titled something like “Skipping 3-5 years: how starting a blog in college helped my skip entry level and land the job of my dreams.” I spent weeks researching, developing thoughts and theories, and really pouring over what I was going to tell these students. I showed up on the day of the presentation, gave 2/3

The one word that will offend any entrepreneur (and how to handle it)

offended

The other day I was at lunch with a friend of mine when he accidentally offended me as an entrepreneur. He didn’t mean to. Not in the slightest. And I’m not talking like a huge offense. No harm, no foul. But it got me thinking about this one word he used that could probably offend almost any entrepreneur. And people use it all the time when they talk about the projects we, as entrepreneurs, work so hard on. What’s that

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

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

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)

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?

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