A freelancer’s greatest attribute and how to leverage it

strength of freelancers

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

finally getting paid

“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?

long term goals

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?

A 30-minute exercise that will make any entrepreneur less stressed, tired and crazy

relax

Entrepreneurs are crazy. And I mean that in a good way. We’re the hustlers of the world. We wake up early to work on our passions. We lay awake at night thinking about our goals. While the rest of the world is sleeping, we’re busy planning our “overnight success.” We think big. Sometimes, if we’re not careful, all of our big thinking and overachieving can come with a hefty price. Most entrepreneurs are exhausted, frazzled, and stressed about their business.

What freelancing is not

freelancing is not graphic design blender

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 a freelance design business: 4 strategies for beginners

promoting your freelance design business graphic design blender

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

mistakes that cost you clients

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.)