How to spot a rotten design client before signing the contract

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?

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

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

The truth about what clients look for in a designer

Have you ever wondered what makes a client choose one designer over another? Well, wonder no more, my friends. Today, I’d like to tell you the truth about what clients look for in a designer. The myths First, it’s important we understand a few of the myths that designers have come to believe about being hired by a client. Myth 1: Clients only hire designers with years of experience A lot of designers (mostly really new designers) think they don’t

58 Topics to write about on your design blog

If you have a design blog, I can almost guarantee that at one point or another, you’ve hit a brick wall when it comes to content. After all, producing great content on a daily or weekly basis can be more difficult than it sounds. So today, I would like to offer a useful list of topics you can write about on your design blog. I’m sure I’ll leave some out, so add your suggestions in the comments. 58 topics to

Master your elevator pitch and win more design clients

A couple days ago, we discussed which job title you should put on your business card as a freelance designer. That got me thinking about how important it is to be able to explain your business to other people quickly and effectively. The most common technique of mastering how to talk about your business is called an elevator pitch. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, here’s where it basically comes from: Imagine you were on vacation or downtown and you

What job title should a freelance designer use?

Have you ever wondered what title you should give yourself? If you’ve been a freelance designer for long, it’s likely you have encountered a situation where you need to have a title. Perhaps you were trying to print business cards. Maybe you were trying to tell someone what you do for a living and had a hard time explaining what you are. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, read on. Today we’ll suggest a few options for which title

Win $442 worth of awesomeness from MOJO Themes and GDB

If you’ve been around GDB for long, you know we only sponsor giveaways when we really think they rock! Today is no different. We’re excited to announce that our good friends at MOJO Themes are celebrating their one-year anniversary this week! And to celebrate, they’re selling 14 premium items worth $442 all for only $14. What’s even better is GDB has teamed up with MOJO Themes to give away three anniversary bundles completely FREE! What’s included? You’re going to love