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them to redesign their web site without risking illegal emailing (spam) or offending them (by saying their site is outdated/ugly)?”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

Want to be a happy designer? Fire 80% of your clients

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I’ve recently been reading The Four-Hour Work Week (*aff) by Tim Ferriss and I have to tell you, I’m absolutely loving it! I’m only 45-50 pages (UPDATE: I’ve been loving the book so much, I’m already 127 pages in now and it’s only been a few more days! I highly recommend it!) in and I’ve already changed aspects of my life, changed some ways I do business, and I’ve fired almost 80% of my design clients. If you’ve read the

How some clients rip off designers – and how you can avoid it

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The more I work with designers to help them build their design business, the more I realize there is a common trick that clients use to rip off freelance designers. Some of them do it on purpose to get more work for less money, but many clients just don’t know that they’re doing it. And a lot of designers are getting ripped off because of it. The real culprit behind ripping off designers So what’s the most common way I

Where all the great design clients are hiding (Shh, don't tell anyone)

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Have you ever beat your head against a wall after getting off the phone with one of those clients who just really gets on your nerves? You know the kind of client I’m talking about. And we’ve all had them before. In fact, if you’ve ever (like me) found yourself thinking “Where are all the great design clients?” then don’t worry, you’re not alone. Finding clients is tough… But finding great clients is even harder. It’s much easier to settle