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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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,

Keep design clients happy by managing expectations

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Keeping clients happy is one of the most difficult aspects of running your own design business. After all, if your clients aren’t happy, it’s likely you’re not happy either. And if you’re not happy as a designer, why not just become an accountant? (Sorry, all you finance fans out there.) So what’s the secret to keeping your design clients happy? Managing expectations. How to manage your clients expectations Below, you’ll find a few tried and tested solutions for managing expectations

How to spot a rotten design client before signing the contract

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It has happened to me one too many times: A potential clients calls me, we talk about their project, we meet and discuss the details of the project and sign the contract. And then the client turns rotten. Of course, they don’t violate any terms of their contract, but every time I communicate with them, they seem to get offended, ignore my advice, or demand I add something to the project (increasing my scope without offering more pay). And, of

When should you bill your design clients?

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Designing great-looking logos or websites (or whatever your passion is) can be one of the most exhilarating experiences for designers like us. But after a while, you start to realize it’s not just about doing something you love. You’d also like to get paid for the work you do. But when should you bill your design clients? There are all sorts of theories floating around the web from designers who claim to know the answer. I’ll be honest, I don’t

Design vs. Goliath: How freelance designers can compete with large design firms

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Hey freelance designers: just because you’re a one-person show doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to find high-caliber, high-paying clients. Ignore the myth that you can’t compete with what a large design firm has to offer. You have things they can’t offer. This post is all about leveraging your strengths in order to compete with large design firms. We’ll explore a few advantages you have as a freelancer today and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Compete