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.

The golden networking tip most freelancers overlook

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When we as freelance designers think about networking, we generally think about meeting potential clients. However, today we’re going to talk about networking with people who might not be a client (hey, you never know) but can be absolutely essential in improving the quality of your work and increasing your success. And by networking, I don’t mean joining AIGA for the membership card. I mean REALLY networking – feeling comfortable contacting them out of the blue. I’m talking about your

The income-boosting question freelancers forget to ask

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With the end of the year coming up, we’re all trying to find ways to boost income, hit our 2013 financial goals, and maybe find a little Holiday bonus for ourselves. But boosting your freelance income could be as simple as one question you may not be asking yourself. This question is something you can ask at any moment. It will completely change the trajectory of your freelance business. And, even though you should have asked this question before you

Four reasons why every freelancer should work at least one “real job”

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When I left college, I had no idea how printing presses worked. I didn’t understand why people judged me for how I looked and not what I knew. I knew no one in the design industry except the on-campus staff and students I worked with, and I sure as heck didn’t want one of those crappy, entry-level, junior designer jobs. And then I got my first real design job at a vitamin manufacturing company…as explained by my supervisor, more of

10 mind-shifts you MUST have today to be a successful and happy freelancer

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Stop beating yourself up over little things. Realize that you’re good enough. And acknowledge that your work is worth paying for. These are just a few of the key mind-shifts you’ll need to have if you’re truly going to thrive as a freelancer. Below, you’ll find ten mind-shifts you must have (about your clients, about your work, about your rates, and about your business) if you truly want to be successful. If I’ve left anything out, please let me know