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

Understanding freelancing insurance + do you need it?

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The Freelancer’s Union recently announced the ability for members to purchase liability insurance. But as freelance designers, do we really need it? Truthfully, when I read the “hey, we’re now offering liability insurance” email, I wondered what, exactly, that entails. According to their website, there are three main types NOTE: I am not a lawyer, nor am I offering professional or legal advice. The following are just my observations and conclusions as a fellow freelance designer. Please seek legal advice

32 Ways to be a jerk to your design clients

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Argue with them about every single change or revision they have. Don’t call them back. Use email instead of phone calls 100% of the time. Talk negatively about them on twitter with fellow designers. Bill them when fixing an error that was clearly yours. Miss your deadlines. Subcontract their work without telling them. Forget about their target audience, design preferences, etc. They don’t know what they want. Submit their email content to Clients from Hell. Treat them like they know

Should you bill your freelance clients for meeting time and other misc. work?

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We’ve had tons of reader questions rolling in here at GDB and I absolutely love it! Today’s question comes from Colleen who asks: “Should I be charging for client meetings? [What about taking time to] learn or to learn more about a project…” I think it’s a fantastic question. Essentially, what kind of work should you bill for and what kind of work should you disregard as “overhead costs.” Freelancing vs. Agency Work I used to work at a design

Q&A: Do I need a contract for every design project, even small ones?

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In today’s Q&A episode, I answer a question in a way that might surprise you if you’ve been reading GDB for long. The question is “Do I need a contract for every design project, even the small ones?” If you’re reading this post in an RSS reader or email, click here to view the video. I’d love to hear your take on the whole thing. Leave a comment here.

A freelancer’s greatest attribute and how to leverage it

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Recently Preston launched his debut Q&A video series where he talks about handling clients that treat us like employees. If you watched it, you know that Preston talks about what I believe is a freelancer designer’s greatest attribute. (And it’s not just designers…any freelancer/entrepreneur shares this very valuable asset.) Can you guess what I’m talking about? Our greatest attribute is… Flexibility. Flexibility, in one way or another, is the upper-hand we enjoy over almost every other type of business –

4 tips for finally getting paid + how to handle invoice disputes the right way

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“Well, maybe just one more day to see if they pay.” Have you ever said this to yourself? (I have.) One of the most troublesome parts of freelancing is invoicing and collecting payment. Nobody likes to be the bill collector, but sometimes it has to be done – and as freelancers, we get to wear that hat, too. If you’re anything like me, you know that anxious knot that forms in your stomach when you expect a battle over a

Do long-term goals scare or motivate you as a freelancer?

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I’m about to share a secret with you. Something you probably don’t know (or expect) about me: Long-term goals scare me. Yep. I’m a huge proponent of short-term goals. I wake up every morning reviewing my short term goals in my mind. I live and die by them. And I (mostly) rock my short-term goals. Why I’m afraid of long-term goals I know, I know. It’s crazy talk. How can any entrepreneur, blogger, freelancer, whatever be afraid of long-term goals?