What freelancing is not

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There are a lot of stigmas about what freelancing is like. Blogs like this one tell you about how to start a freelance business, how to find more freelance clients, and how to get paid more as a freelancer. And we spend a lot of time talking about what freelancing is. But recently, GDB has had a lot of visitors who haven’t made the leap to freelancing yet. They’re just exploring the option right now and I feel like it’s

How to promote my freelance design business: 4 strategies for beginners

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I think most freelancers could agree that finding work is one of the hardest struggles we face – and if you’re just starting out you might not be familiar with how to get your name out there. For you beginners: this is post for you! And for those that have been at it for some time, this is a great reminder for what you could / should be doing to help promote yourself. (In fact, please add to this list

Common website mistakes that are costing you clients

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I get asked to critique freelancers’ websites fairly often. In general, I find we freelancers tend to make the same basic yet egregious mistakes: We claim to be experts in creating a brand yet our own websites are generic web templates. We advise clients on color schemes and consistency but use 10 fonts and 8 colors ourselves. We constantly pare down clients’ copy but use long, difficult-to-read paragraphs of our own. Most of us could benefit from spending more time

How to keep clients happy while moving houses or offices

How to keep clients happy while moving houses or offices

True story: This last week was the week from technology hell. Why? Because I’m in the middle of moving 1200 miles, so not only have I fought missing cables and NAS storage crashes, I’ve also battled dial-up slow “high speed” internet connections in hotels and even had my IP address blocked from my client’s website due to “suspicious activity”. At one point I was literally frustrated to tears.(No kidding – I curled up with one of my dogs and cried.)

6 advanced business terms all freelancers should know (or risk looking stupid)

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Earlier this year I wrote a post about the 9 business terms all freelance designers must know to succeed. I received a lot of great feedback from the GDB community begging for more advanced terms. So, of course, I just had to oblige. Here are some more advanced business terms to help your business grow (and to sound brilliant at your next networking mixer). Opportunity Cost The cost of the next best alternative that must be forgone in order to

How to stay positive as a freelance designer

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Recently, I received this client response to a proof: Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh OH MY GOSH!!! This is SOOO cool I squealed when I opened the pdf!!! I LOVE IT!! (PS: If you’d like to see what my client was reacting to, leave a comment on this post and I’ll share the link with you.) For me, it doesn’t get any better than this. I feel an immense sense of personal and professional fulfillment from designing the perfect

Experiencing a freelancing time crunch? Avoid panic with these tips

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No matter how well you plan, some weeks it seems like every client needs something and you’re left wondering when you’re going to sleep. Maybe everyone wants their project finished before an upcoming holiday or perhaps you’re taking a long weekend at the beach (Yes, freelancers CAN go on vacation) and all of your projects have last-minute revisions before you leave. It’s easy to get panicky during these times. Your brain starts spinning, your stomach gets anxious butterflies, and you

4 things all freelancers should be doing online

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Whether you’re a freelance graphic designer, web developer, writer, photographer, or any other type of business – an online presence is a vital part and can make or break your success. The important question is: are you building an effective online presence? From a client’s perspective, they’re looking to work with someone who is loyal, honest, and can get the job done. But, it doesn’t hurt to feel like they know who they’re working with, even if you’ve never met

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