Don’t hate freelancers with full-time jobs

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If you’ve followed the blog for very long, you know that I used to exclusively work as a freelance designer until about a year ago when I got a full-time job working in marketing. Since that time, I’ve had a lot of people who have wondered what advice I can offer since I’m not a “real freelancer.” Today, I advocate an anti-hate campaign for all you freelancers out there who also have full-time jobs. Guess what: I love my full-time

6 Business Books All Entrepreneurs Must Read in 2012

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Last year I set a goal to read more. More specifically, I set a goal to read at least 6 new books (one book every 2 months – which is good for me since I never read offline). Along with a few other non-business books, I devoured the following 6 business books and think every designer who aspires to run a successful design business MUST read these books. I’ve tried to list them in the order of most impact; meaning

Freelance designers: don’t set new year’s resolutions this year!

Today, to kick off the new year, I want to extend a very unique challenge to you: don’t set any new year’s resolutions for your design business this year. Why would I extend such a ridiculous challenge? Watch the video embedded in this post to find out. After watching the video, leave a comment and let me know what you think. If you’re reading this post in an RSS feed or in our email newsletter, click here to see the

GDB is back and better than ever!

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It’s been a long few weeks at GraphicDesignBlender.com, but we’re finally back and now GDB is better than ever before. If you’re reading this post in an email or RSS reader, stop by over at the blog and take a look at all the changes GDB has gone through recently; I think you’re going to like what you see. We have a brand-new shiny theme from MojoThemes.com and I think it makes navigating the site much more friendly and beautiful.

GDB Holiday Giveaway: Win one of 3 sets of Holiday Cards from MOO

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As many of you know, we don’t do giveaways very often at GDB, but when MOO contacted us, I was thrilled because I’ve always been a huge fan of their creative approach to printing. MOO has provided us with 3 sets of 25 MOO Holiday Cards for 3 of our readers. MOO’s unique printing technology ‘printfinity’ allows you to place a different image on each card in a pack! This is an excellent way to show off a portfolio, designs

25 ways designers can make money without dealing with design clients

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This is not one of those posts that rants and raves about how great designers are and how horrible design clients are. In fact, I hate all the bad karma floating around the design community when it comes to dealing with design clients. Clients are the life-blood of your design business. And it’s time to swallow your pride and find ways to peaceably work with clients. But if the time ever comes that your client pool runs dry, it’s a

How to get design clients to come to you, instead of chasing them down

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Recently, on the Graphic Design Blender facebook page, one of our fans, Sarah Grant, asked a question about cold-emailing (like cold-calling, but via email) to promote her design business. In essence, the question went something like this: “How do I send email campaigns to local businesses inviting them to redesign their web site without risking illegal emailing (spam) or offending them (by saying their site is outdated/ugly)?” (I was paraphrasing. To read the full question, click here.) I thought it

Watch profits soar when you automate these 5 design business tasks

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been reading a fantastic book recently titled The Four-Hour Workweek* by Tim Ferris. In the book (which I cannot recommend highly enough for freelancers-seriously, it will change the way you work forever!) Tim explains the importance of automating your business (and he even recommends automating aspects of your personal life). Automation simply means letting technology or personal assistants take care of certain tasks instead of allowing those tasks to take up your