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

Why you need a freelance niche today! + how it will help you find more quality clients

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I know what a lot of you who haven’t yet found your niche or who are undecided if you even want a niche were thinking when I recently blogged about finding mine: “I’m not sure finding a niche is a good idea. Won’t that reduce my potential client pool even further?” I know, it sounds like an oxymoron, but narrowing your area of expertise can actually improve your design business and help you find more clients and more highqualityclients. How?

How I found my freelance niche and tips to finding yours

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You’ve all heard the phrase, “if you try to be good at everything, you’ll be excellent at nothing.” But unless you’re one of the lucky ones, finding your niche can be really difficult. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t found yours yet…it took me over 10 years of designing until I found mine. Here at GDB we talk about how finding your niche (or superniche) can be really beneficial for your business. Whether it’s blogging or design work, you can

5 Mistakes that almost killed my design blog

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Like some of you, I run a successful design blog. But my success did not come easy. I have had my share of failures. But I don’t look back at them with regret. They helped shape my blog and my brand. In fact behind every success story lie a few failures that have had a positive impact on the overall outcome. Today I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight 5 things I was doing wrong with my design blog in

The best blogging advice I ever received and how it transformed my blog

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How many of you blog? I know a lot of you do. And I know that blogging can be a huge part of building your design business too. Not too long ago, one of you asked me what the best piece of business advice I ever received was (see my answer here). And today, I’d like to share with you the best blogging advice I ever received and tell you the story of how it transformed this blog. Just over

6 Elements of money-making blog design

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Chances are at some time in your design career, you’ll be asked to design a blog. Or maybe you’ll want to design a blog for yourself or your design business. And designing blogs is fun. But there are also a lot of considerations to take into account when designing a blog – especially if you want it to make money for you. Below, you’ll find 6 elements of a money-making blog design. Whether you design a blog for yourself or

5 Reasons your design blog will fail within six months

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Blogging is tough. And blogging about design can be an especially difficult ball game. In fact, a lot of designers get frustrated because their blogs don’t take off like they had hoped and many give up within 6 months. Sound familiar? Today, I’d like to offer a few reasons why your design blog will fail within 6 months. Below you’ll find common problems and solutions designers face as they try to blog about design. I’d love to hear what you

58 Topics to write about on your design blog

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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