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

What to do when new competitors threaten your design business

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re working hard, getting all you can out of your design business. Your clients are happy, you’ve got steady work, and the cash-flow is solid. Then, suddenly, from seemingly out of nowhere, a new competitor shows up. All of a sudden, it seems like their advertising is everywhere. Everyone’s talking about them. Everyone is checking out their work, trying to gauge if they’re a good business partner. They’re hustling. And you can tell. So

How to quote a project you’ve never tried before

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Deciding to tackle a project you’ve never done before takes guts. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Can you do it? Is this going to be a total disaster? Are you going to absolutely rock it? Once you make up your mind to go for it, you’ve got an even bigger challenge: how to quote a project you’ve never done before? Not only do you need to determine pricing, you also must guesstimate a time frame. The criteria

97 Habits Of Insanely Profitable Designers

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If you want to be insanely profitable doing what you love (that’s design by the way) then you need to find a happy balance between art and commerce. Basically, you need a head for business and a mind for design. On the surface, profitable designers aren’t that different to unprofitable ones; the one real difference is that insanely profitable designers have developed specific habits that allow them to succeed. 8 years ago I was financially stressed, I couldn’t pay all

The unexpected ways a resume brings freelancers more business

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Let’s face it – most freelancers neglect their resumes, if they even have a resume at all. After all, you’re running a business with a great website, portfolio, and dribbble account. Isn’t a resume simply unnecessary? Maybe. But if you answer yes to any of these questions, having an updated resume might benefit your bottom line. Would you like to freelance for a design agency? Working as a freelancer for a design agency can be the best of both worlds:

Let’s talk about business…like humans

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We’re human. And we work in business. But for some crazy reason, when we enter a board-room, a client meeting, or some other suit-and-tie affair, we feel like we have to start speaking a strange new language. Imagine a web marketing consultant reviewed your website, came to you and said: “The convergence of customer loyalty and new visitor conversion demonstrates the immediate need to increase lead generation capabilities on the landing page.” Blah. What are you trying to say? Just

Five unbelievable business lessons I learned from my (new) barber

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Yesterday, my wife, two kids and I got our family pictures taken. And, of course, I filled my life with all sorts of things that kept me from getting my hair cut until the very day of the photos: a huge risk. So, since this was no ordinary haircut (after all, this haircut will live eternally in our family photos), I decided to skip the usual $8 haircut salon I go to and find a nice barbershop. Now, I don’t

How to handle a tough client you just can’t afford to ditch right now

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Here at GDB we talk all the time about how to go from good to better. Better clients. Better income. Better communication. Better business. But what about just getting to good? Not all of us are in the position right now to be selective (and yes, sometimes even veterans find themselves in a slump). So when you’re in a spot where you have to handle a tough client, here are some tips for making the best of a bad situation.