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

Confession: I’m a web designer. I outsourced my HTML. Here’s what I learned.

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I’ve been designing web sites for almost a decade. I love web design. I stay up late designing web sites. I thrive on learning cool new techniques and get a rush every time I update a page’s source code and click refresh. Every…single…time. It’s an addiction. (Maybe you’re addicted too?) So, strictly from a passion perspective, I would never outsource the coding of a web site. Plus, I’ve written about outsourcing design services here at the blog before. Frankly, there were a lot of people

Why you don’t need a revolutionary idea to start a business

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Are you sitting around waiting for the next big idea to pop in your head before you start your business? Maybe you sit on the couch on Friday Nights watching Shark Tank on television and thinking to yourself: “Gee, if I only had an idea that was as amazing as that one…then I could start the business of my dreams.” The truth of the matter is, you don’t need a completely revolutionary idea in order to start a business. • • •

How to start a successful business when you’re not an expert at anything

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It’s a common voice all entrepreneurs hear inside their heads: “Will anyone actually pay me real money for this?” “Why would anyone pay me when there are so many other experts out there?” “Who am I to build a business around what I love to do?” If you’ve ever given in to these kinds of thoughts, you’re fooling yourself. You’re tricking yourself into believing you can’t do it. You’re lying to yourself when you say you aren’t enough of an expert to build

How business plans actually hold back many entrepreneurs

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There are a lot of reasons you haven’t started your dream business yet. Maybe you think you need tons of money to get started (wrong). Maybe you think there aren’t enough hours in the day to make it happen (also wrong). Or maybe you think you need a seventy-page business plan in order to build a business that actually succeeds. PS: This post is the third in a series addressing common reasons entrepreneurs never get started on the business they

Why “solopreneuring” isn’t always best + welcome to our new GDB writers

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Today, I’m very excited to announce two additions to our writing team here at GDB. Bianca Board and Ben Brush have both accepted offers to join our team and I absolutely can’t wait to start regularly publishing their amazing work! Both Bianca and Ben bring some fantastic experience to the team to join with April and myself. Please join me in the comments to welcome these new members of our team! You can also connect even more with the GDB

How to build your dream business even when you’re short on time

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I don’t know about you, but I was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. I can’t shake it. I think I got it from my dad. He’s always talking about his next big idea and how it’s going to change the world. And I find myself doing the same thing: turning every stubbed toe or broken stick into a problem that needs to be solved by a company I could start. And even though I have another full-time job currently, I

Why you don’t actually need money to start a business

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I work with a lot of budding entrepreneurs. I coach some, I interact with thousands here at the blog, and I connect with many of you on our GDB insiders Facebook page (join us, it’s a great community). And I hear lots of reasons why you have decided now is not the right time to start a business. So, over the course of the next six weeks, I will publish a series of posts featuring popular reasons you haven’t started