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

When should I start freelancing as a designer and how do I know if I’m ready? Audio interview with Brent Galloway

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Today, we’re joined by freelance designer Brent Galloway in an audio interview. Brent’s a freelancer, a blogger, and is working on some really great new projects, including a new blog for freelancers (details in the audio interview). Here’s just a few things we talk about in this interview: When should I start freelancing as a designer? What holds some designers back from freelancing? Should you go to school before becoming a designer/freelancer? What skills or talents does a person need

Stoked is officially open! Claim one of 100 spots this month.

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After months and months of work, the brand new GDB community, Stoked, is finally here! At Stoked, we’re trying to build the best community for fueling your design business and really getting excited about the work you do as a freelance designer. Want interviews from designers who are running successful businesses? Stoked has it. Want to network with designers and freelancers around the world? Maybe form a mastermind group? Stoked is for you. How about free ebooks and exclusive articles? Stoked. Want

Seriously upgrade your design portfolio site in 20 minutes or less

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Are you one of those designers who uses a web portfolio to show off their work and find new clients? You’re in good company because most designers do the same. And most designers also rely on an analytical tool (like Google Analytics) to tweak their site and find more customers. Sound like you too? But many designers get frustrated and spin their wheels making tiny upgrades to their design portfolio in hopes of higher conversions and more clients with no

How to fix a broken client relationship

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Regardless of how great you are at building great business relationships, nearly every designer finds themselves (eventually) at odds with at least one client. You know what I’m talking about. The client is pretty picky, always asking for revisions or never seems to have a project that not “a rush.” The deadline is always “ASAP” and they’re always trying to get a better deal, work the discount, or get you to throw in some extra work for no extra pay.

3 Chances to win 500 business cards + Stoked launches in just 3 weeks

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In just 3 short weeks, we’re launching Stoked, a brand-new community for designers who are serious about fueling their business. (Learn more about Stoked here.) And to celebrate, we’re giving something away every week leading up to launch day! Last Monday, we offered a chance to win one free year of membership in Stoked. And today, you’ve got a chance to get your hands on 1 of 3 sets of 500 business cards from PrintKEG. I really love PrintKEG’s mission.

Announcing Stoked: throw fuel on your design business + win a free 1-year subscription

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Today, I’m over-the-top excited to announce one of the biggest developments at Design Blender in a long time! We’re announcing the release of Stoked our upcoming design community built to help you throw fuel on your design business. You may remember me talking about GDBPro last year. This post will cover why GDBPro has now become Stoked PLUS how you can win one free year of access to all the content Stoked has to offer. Keep reading for your chance to win! What Stoked is (what it