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

Get paid faster: the best options for getting paid as a freelancer (with fewer fees)

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Recently we received the following question about accepting payments from a GDB reader planning his freelancing debut: Would you recommend I set up a credit card service to receive payments through my future website or is this unnecessary? Is check still the best way to go? These days there are lots of ways to accept payment and the services that make it simple all want a portion of your profits. But all that paperwork nonsense is nonexistent. So here’s a

How to miraculously build a profitable relationship when your client’s budget is low

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So you’ve got this potential lead. You meet with them, go over their needs and wants, and you’re all pretty excited about getting started. And then they review your design quote. “Oh. We were thinking more in the <subtract 50%> range.” (Have you heard something like this before?) If you’re anything like me, that’s a BIG difference in cost. Then the anxiety sets in and you start second-guessing yourself…did you quote too high? Are you worth that amount? Is this

The simple two-part recipe to extreme happiness at work

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Maybe you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur. Maybe you work in a cubicle. Maybe you run an agency. Or maybe you’re a billionaire CEO. Whoever you are, I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you have the same desire as the rest of us: You want to be happy at work. Are you happy when you’re working? So, are you happy at work? I mean, not the kind of happy where you’re “just glad to have

GDB redesigned + exciting updates at the blog

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Today I’m very excited to finally launch the redesign of GraphicDesignBlender.com! Take a look around and let us know what you think. We’d love your honest feedback. After all, this is for you. (If you’re reading this in an email, RSS feed, or elsewhere, you can click here to visit GDB and see the redesign yourself.) Let us know what you think by leaving a comment on this post. Together with the launch of this new design, we’re also relaunching