6 Signs you’re going to be a great freelance designer

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Do you ever wonder if you can make it as a freelancer? I mean, are you afraid to leave your full-time job even if you hate it to pursue the freelance lifestyle? There’s nothing wrong with a full-time day job (I have one), but many designers choose to stay at a dead-end job despite their intense desire to branch out on their own and start freelancing. So what keeps them from reaching for their dreams? Almost always, it’s the same

What to do when your client breaks a signed contract

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We talk a lot about contracts here at GDB (see bottom of this post for a list of resources for working with contracts as a designer). But one thing we don’t talk about very often is what to do when/if your client breaks his terms of the deal. Since most designers (myself included) don’t get super-jazzed up when it comes to legal-speak, I’d like to try to break it down into right-brained language today. PS: I’m no lawyer. I will

5 Critical lessons your design professors never taught you

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I don’t know about you, but any art classes or design classes that I took in college were amazing yet unsatisfying at the same time. Don’t get me wrong: I could never have made it without beginning design classes where we learned about alignment, repetition, font-choice, etc. And (on most days) I wouldn’t trade my upper-level classes where the professors heavily critiqued your work almost to the breaking point all in hopes to make you a better designer. But after

Why I never explain my designs before revealing them to my client

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In 2009, I wrote a post titled “7 tips on presenting logos to a client” and more than three years later I got this tweet from @thomshouse: I was curious of the order in which you present a logo… Do you lead with the logo, then discuss the “why”… Or discuss first, building up to the reveal? Today, I want to share my answer with all of you and then I want to hear what you have to say (leave

Ready for a laugh? Freelance design comics from GDB and Ken Reynolds

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Usually, here at GDB, it’s all about business. No joking around. After all, GDB’s the leading authority on business advice for designers around the world. But today, we have something unique and (shh don’t tell anyone) fun to show you! If you’re a freelance designer, you’re going to get a serious kick out of our newest ebook (eComic Book actually), You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… And believe, me, you’re not only going to relate to some of the

What drives you as an entrepreneur?

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After a long time of being on my “must-read” book list, I finally started reading The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. The book is all about “Setting Your Own Rules, Living the Life You Want, and Changing the World.” And I gotta say, I can’t put it down. Seriously, this is the only book that has ever caused me to miss my train stop because I was so into it I wasn’t paying any attention to anything else. But

5 Phobias that are killing your small business (and how to overcome them)

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It’s the most common reason many would-be entrepreneurs never venture outside their comfy cubicles. It’s what keeps many small businesses from reaching their potential. And it could be killing your small business. What is it? Fear. 5 Phobias that are killing your small business I’ve seen them time and time again: 5 common fears that many small business owners and entrepreneurs fall prey to–and they can kill your small business if you don’t watch out. So what are these common

The extremely important business metric you’re not watching

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If you’ve been an entrepreneur for long, there are certain metrics (measurements) you practically live by. You know them like the back of your hand. For us designers, it could be something like average dollars per project, average dollars per month, or average dollars per client. These kinds of metrics help us measure success and sustainability. For example, if I need $1,000 each month to survive, and I know that I have an average dollar per client amount of $500,