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,

Win one of 2 sets of 250 business cards for your design business

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Last month we ran a sticker giveaway here at GDB (closed) and I asked you if you’d like to see more giveaways in the future. Since most of you excitedly responded “yes,” today, we’ve partnered up with Printrunner to give away 2 sets of 250 business cards to two lucky designers. What’s up for grabs Business Card Size and Style: 2×3.5 (Standard) Quantity:  250 (2 sets – that means 2 winners!) Colors:    4/4 Color Both Sides Paper:    14 pt.

GDB Exclusive: $338 worth of web design elements/tools for only $24

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Today, I’ve partnered up with Steven at VandelayDesign.com to bring you an awesome deal! I’ve been a fan and follower of Vandelay Design Blog for a while now and they’re always offering awesome deals on helpful ebooks, design tools, and design bundles. Today, they’ve launched “Web Designer’s Bundle 2” and it’s packed with $338 of amazing resources and tools for web designers of all levels (I’ve already got mine) and Steven has deeply discounted it to just $29. But wait,

How to grow your freelance business without hiring more staff

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If you were around at the beginning of the year, you remember that in late 2011, GraphicDesignBlender.com was seriously hacked. The site was down for a few weeks and it was quite a challenge to recover fully. Once we finally got back on our feet, we upgraded the whole site and I kicked off the new year with a question: What do you want to read about in 2012? Well, tons of you answered and gave us some great material