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

34 Business Tasks You Should Stop Doing & Hire Virtual Staff For

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What’s the number one resource all entrepreneurs don’t have enough of? Time. Especially if you’ve built your business around providing a service for people. Because, once the 24 hours in a day run out, you have no choice but to start over again tomorrow. If you’re not careful, you can think you’re building a business when you’re really just spending 24-hour increments maintaining a business. How to get more hours in the day There’s only one solid way to find more

1 in 5 Win free web hosting from our new host, Squidix (No, seriously)

free web hosting

Last month, we completely changed where we host GraphicDesignBlender.com. We left our previous host, where GDB had been hosted for more than 5 years, and made the switch to Squidix. And today, to celebrate a seamless transition (thanks, guys!), GDB and Squidix are giving away a whole slew of one-year hosting plans completely free. You can use the plan for yourself or pass the savings on to a client who needs web hosting. More details on how the contest is

My secret to making steady money as a freelance designer

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We share tips for making money as a freelancer here at GDB all the time. They include: upselling your design projects, generating passive income, specializing in a particular discipline or skill, and many many more. But there’s one key to making steady money as a freelance designer that I fear I haven’t been very clear about. It’s not that I’m trying to hide anything from you – I want you to be successful too! But it’s something that I have just

3 Critical business tips I would share with ‘7-years-ago’ me if I had a time machine

what I would tell my self 7 years ago about business

Between freelancing and running GDB, I’ve been “in business” for over seven years now. I know that’s not much for some people, but for me, I feel pretty blessed to have reached lucky number 7. Looking back on the last 7 years got me thinking: what business tips would I share with myself seven years ago if I had a time-machine? I honestly believe if I had known these three things seven years ago, I could have avoided some serious heartbreak, frustration,

How to rock at business without starving your creativity

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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’

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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