The simple change that brought my design blog to life

Is your design blog dead? Mine was too. I’ve been a blogger for a long time, but I never really had one that took off. I mean, I’ve had a few readers here and there, a few comments now and again, and some traffic trickle in, but I never had a blog that allowed me to interact with people in my industry. I never had a blog that made me any money. I never had a blog that was read

How to find your design niche: 70 ideas to get you started

There’s a continuous debate in the design community (that I don’t plan on diving into today. If you’re interested, read here.) about whether or not a designer should specialize in one specific area or strive to be a jack-of-all trades. For designers who think it would be beneficial to find a super-specific niche, today we give you 70 ideas to get your creative juices flowing. This list of possible design niches will jumpstart your creativity and help you decide where

Overwhelmed Designers, Lighten Your Workload by Outsourcing

Outsourcing has negative connotations (at least here in the states). Whenever you mention outsourcing you immediately get comments like “Why would you send jobs overseas just to save a few dollars?” or “That’s the real problem with the global economy today!”. To those of you who are about to read this post on outsourcing and leave a similar comment, I have just one word: Relax. Whether or not I think first-world countries should send jobs to third-world countries is irrelevant,

Mastering the art of the follow-up: tips for freelance designers

Have you ever pitched to a potential client or perhaps responded to a request for proposal and then never heard back from anyone on the project? If you don’t hear back from a potential client, it might have been your fault, not theirs. Mastering the art of the follow-up is a difficult thing. But with the tips you’ll find below, you’ll be landing new jobs and finding new clients left and right. Assuming you did great in the interview, submitted

Design Business Secrets Exposed: Book Review

This is a Blender Book Review of Design Business Secrets Exposed by Gino Orlandi. If you would like to get your book, blog, site, service, or product reviewed on GDB, contact us. Gino Orlandi is an author, designer, and marketing expert who has been working from home for over six years. And now he wants to teach you how to run a successful graphic design business from your home. You might recognize Gino’s name because he founded the popular design

10 Attributes of successful freelance designers

Diligence A freelance designer has to be diligent. After all, you’re working hard not only to design great pieces, but to find new clients, bill current clients, follow up with old clients, file taxes, market your business, and more. If you’re not diligent, you’ll never make it as a freelance designer. Patience Being successful as a freelance designer is all about being patient. When your client won’t stop calling you on the weekend, when you can’t seem to find new

Stop throwing your design profits down the toilet

Running a design business is hard. And sometimes it can be pretty touch on your pocketbook. But there are some pretty common ways we all throw our profits down the toilet. Today, I’ll mention a few and attempt to help you avoid them. After you read through the list, let me know which ones you relate to the most and how you’re going to put your saved money to better use. Toilet Trap #1: New Technology You don’t need to

How to run a successful design blog without sinking your design business

For those of you who haven’t known me for long, late last year I got a job. Yes a job. No, I’m not a freelancing sell-out. I still freelance on the side and I still stay in contact with a lot of my freelance friends which is why I still love to write about managing a successful freelance design business. Anyway, when I got my job I realized there would be less time to continue writing frequently for GDB and