Five ways to stay productive during a power outage

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True story: Last week I had a GoToMeeting client call at 9am, but I had a dentist appointment at 8am. No worries, right? But my dentist was running 40 minutes late, so I was 14 minutes late to my 9am meeting. As soon as I got home I emailed him that I was ready for the call. The instant, and I mean *the* instant I saw the meeting email, we lost all power at my house. It flickered once and

Consistency in freelancing: why the most successful freelancers do it and the rest fall behind

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It’s been proven: consistency is a key to success. Not just in the design or business world, but even in your day to day life. Popular designers, bloggers, or even YouTubers put out content on an appropriate, consistent level and they get a returning audience as a result. So how do you reach success, and how long will it take? How much will you have to create to become popular? Although these questions can’t be given a specific answer, it’s

How to offer a professional discount without cheapening your services

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We all know the dangers of discounting client work to get our foot in the door – we already have enough trouble haggling over pricing as it is. However, there are times when a client earns a discount. Maybe they’ve referred multiple new clients, or perhaps they’re excellent clients and you want to thank them. (Remember, always discount the next project, not the current one, to keep ‘em coming back!) But you don’t want to offer a coupon like a

It’s finally here! Get a copy of Contracts for Creatives, the all-new GDB eBook bundle

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In the last four years of running this blog there is one thing I’ve been asked about more than almost anything else. There is one product that you all have been begging for. And today, I’m extremely jazzed to tell you that we’re finally releasing what you’ve been waiting for! (And at an extremely low price… No seriously.) Available starting today is our all-new eBook bundle, Contracts for Creatives. Get your copy here for just $14.99 – Or learn more

Win a free copy of my new eBook: Contracts for Creatives!

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UPDATE: Congratulations to @joesteenholdt, @kevkern, and @Minus510 for winning a free eBook bundle! Hundreds entered to win and these three were lucky! Happily, for everyone else who entered, we’ve dropped the price so low, it’s almost a no-brainer. Click here to buy or peek inside here. ============= I’m getting super-excited because this week, we’re FINALLY releasing something many of you have been requesting for a LONG time: an ebook bundle all about working with contracts. The completely new, never-before-released ebook

How to make your home office a sanctuary (and never rent office space again!)

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When you’re stuck in a cubicle, all you can dream about is the freedom of working from home. Your own office, your own tools, your own decor…oh, it’s simply glorious! Then real life smacks you in the face: you’re distracted by a steady stream of interruptions, your backside hurts from sitting on your hard kitchen chair all day, and someone moved those notes that you absolutely must have for your client meeting. But before you justify the financial burden of

How to squash the dreaded ‘forever project’ and finally get paid!

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You know the “forever” projects I’m talking about – those that are three months behind schedule yet your client wants to see “just one more” color scheme or isn’t sure about the copy. When once you were thrilled about landing a great project, now you’re just hoping they’ll make up their minds and put money in your pocket. If you’re stuck in this nasty situation, follow these steps to find that light at the end of the tunnel (and then

8 Vital financial terms all freelance designers should know

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If you graduated from art school, a trade school, or even with a liberal arts degree, you know that they don’t teach you how to go into business for yourself. Suddenly, besides designing and dealing with clients, we’re thrust into this world of accounting, bookkeeping, and finances. After all, a business that doesn’t make money is just a hobby, and it doesn’t put food on the table. Unless you can afford an accountant, you learn about the financial side of