11 personalities traits of a good freelance mentor

On Monday, we discussed the importance of finding a freelance mentor; someone who can help you and guide you as you build your design business. But how do you find a good mentor? Sure, there are plenty of people out there who are willing to help you for a fee. Their intentions are probably mostly good. But how do you know if you’re getting a great mentor at a good price instead of just a money-hungry businessman? Here are 8

Take your design career to the next level with a freelancing mentor

Have you been freelancing for a while now with less success than you had hoped for when you started out? Maybe you’re just getting started on the freelance scene and feel like a fish out of water. Whatever concerns you have  about freelancing, many of them can be resolved with a freelancing mentor. What is a freelancing mentor? The concept of finding a freelance mentor is not a new one. Plenty of freelancers do it. A freelancing mentor is simply

Finding a balance between pleasing clients and keeping your sanity

Have you ever gone nearly insane trying to please a client? I have. In fact, I have probably done it more than I would like to admit. After all, the clients pay the bills (hopefully) and if the clients not happy, you’re not happy. So how can you please your clients without going crazy? It’s all about balance. If you’d like to know how to balance your attempt to please clients and your attempt to keep your sanity, read on,

5 Reasons your design blog will fail within six months

Blogging is tough. And blogging about design can be an especially difficult ball game. In fact, a lot of designers get frustrated because their blogs don’t take off like they had hoped and many give up within 6 months. Sound familiar? Today, I’d like to offer a few reasons why your design blog will fail within 6 months. Below you’ll find common problems and solutions designers face as they try to blog about design. I’d love to hear what you

OPEN DISCUSSION: How can designers make money during client dry spells?

Lately, I’ve had a lot of designers email me who are experiencing dry spells in their workflow. For one reason or another, they aren’t finding new clients. Eventually, the client pool dries up and many designers are left wondering what to do. So this time around, I would like to draw on your collective genius. Take a moment, leave a comment, and let us know what you do when you experience client dry spells. How do you keep making money?

What's the best way to invoice your design clients?

Raise your hand if you like to get paid. Ok, I can’t see if you’re raising your hand, but I would guess that you are because who doesn’t like to make money doing something they love? But collecting money can be a difficult task if you don’t have much experience with it. Do you send a physical invoice in the mail? Do you email an invoice? Perhaps online invoicing is the solution… And for every designer it’s different. Today’s goal

8 web site essentials that will turn visitors into paying clients

Have you ever worked hard on a web site only to be depressed that it doesn’t cause your site visitors to do anything important? Maybe you have a portfolio web site that just doesn’t convert visitors into clients. Or perhaps you’re trying to sell something, but you’ve only sold one widget. To your mother. Regardless of why your web site isn’t converting visitors into paying clients, today’s post will help you! Have a gander at the following 10 web site

How long should a designer fight a client about a poor design decision?

If you’ve been designing for long, you’ve experienced a scenario like I am going through right now: You’ve met with your client, discussed the details of the project, signed a contract, and made some major progress on your project. Now, significantly through your process, your client hits you with a request that just makes your teeth hurt. It’s one of those requests that goes against everything you’ve ever learned about good design. Whether it’s auto-starting music on their web site,