Why entrepreneurs should only plan ahead 90 days

Plan ahead 90 days

I get it. You’re an entrepreneur. So that means you have to have a one-year plan, a three-year plan, and a five-year plan–all with their own backup plans each. Right? I disagree. In fact, most of the successful independent entrepreneurs that I know personally do three things: They think big. They start small. They don’t go overboard with goals and plans. It can be easy while you’re thinking big to get caught up in making plans for the next decade.

6 Things Successful Freelancers Do Every Friday

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Well, it’s Friday again. In some ways, you’re probably totally jazzed about it. A couple days off (hopefully) from the grind of client phone calls, bills, and the other details of running your business. (It’s a love-hate relationship. I get it.) But on the other hand, where did this whole week go!? Remember on Monday, when you were excited to get started because you had a really fun project ahead of you? Remember that cool marketing idea you had on

Why you should design your next website in one weekend

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Just about anything worthwhile can be created in one weekend. That was basically the message I got from a recent Fizzle interview with Gumroad founder, Sahil Lavingia. Sahil used to work as a designer at Pinterest and left that gig to start his own venture: Gumroad. Coined as the “PayPal killer,” Gumroad combines extremely simple product sales interface with amazing (and simple) design. So it’s fair to say Sahil knows something about design and business. Gumroad has already been incredibly successful. And

Why I never design the home page first (and which page I design before anything else)

why i never design the home page first

I’m in the middle of a huge redesign for a web site that gets hundreds of thousands (and sometimes millions) of monthly visits. It’s a big deal. And it’s pretty stressful. But if you’ve ever done any sort of redesign (maybe you’ve redesigned your online portfolio?), you know that it’s also exhilarating. And the best projects seem to be just that: exhilarating, yet exhausting. That’s how I know I’m doing work that matters and work that I love. As I

GDB is five! And we’ve got 5 fantastic birthday giveaways

GDB is five

A couple months ago, I was totally taken by surprise when I realized that GraphicDesignBlender.com turned five years old! In the Spring (U.S.) of 2009, I bought the domain and started writing. And now, five years later, here we all are. In the last five years, GDB has grown from one writer to a team of amazing and talented writers. We’ve gone from zero community to a group of well-rounded, super smart, entertaining readers who are doing amazing things in

It’s here! ‘How Much Should I Charge?': new ebook bundle for freelancers and creative pros

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It’s finally here! Today, we’re releasing April Greer’s all-new ebook bundle How Much Should I Charge? A simple guide to getting paid what you deserve. And, in case you missed the post last week, we’re giving away a FREE Skype session with author April Greer to one lucky person who pre-ordered or who buys the book during launch week (3/17-3/24)! UPDATE: Due to popular request, we’ve added a second buying option for those of you who want to use PayPal

How to cut the baggage of low-paying clients and get more high-paying ones

When you’re first starting out as a freelancer, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of offering discounts, cutting rates, or doing work completely free. Even as a seasoned freelancer, if you’re not careful, you might end up using pricing as a way to ‘close the deal’ with a potential client. And after a few years of offering deals, giving out discounts, and cutting rates, many freelancers are weighed down with the baggage of clients who don’t pay well

How to give yourself a promotion as a freelancer

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Being a freelancer can be exhilarating. You choose your hours, you call the shots and you work for yourself…. or do you? Take a step back for one moment and think about it. Do you really work for yourself? You may not have to punch a clock for anyone but yourself, you may not have to ask someone else for time off, an extended vacation, or even a pay raise (after all, you could raise your rates tomorrow if you