How I found my freelance niche and tips to finding yours

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You’ve all heard the phrase, “if you try to be good at everything, you’ll be excellent at nothing.” But unless you’re one of the lucky ones, finding your niche can be really difficult. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t found yours yet…it took me over 10 years of designing until I found mine. Here at GDB we talk about how finding your niche (or superniche) can be really beneficial for your business. Whether it’s blogging or design work, you can

Stop trying to find new freelance clients

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I’m a freelancer, so I get it. You need to find new clients. New clients bring in new money to your freelance business. They are the lifeblood of your business. They make it possible for you to pay the bills. …or do they? A big time-waster If your freelance business is anything like mine, there’s a lot to be done and not a lot of time do it in. And that means you don’t have much time for big time-wasters.

5 Critical lessons your design professors never taught you

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I don’t know about you, but any art classes or design classes that I took in college were amazing yet unsatisfying at the same time. Don’t get me wrong: I could never have made it without beginning design classes where we learned about alignment, repetition, font-choice, etc. And (on most days) I wouldn’t trade my upper-level classes where the professors heavily critiqued your work almost to the breaking point all in hopes to make you a better designer. But after

From pixels to ink–How to design prints that look as great on paper as they do on your monitor

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Whether you’re printing it yourself or sending it to a professional printer, there is an art to getting digital images to appear the same way on paper. Digital screens can display just about anything, but there are limits to what paper and ink can do. Taking these limits into account is the key to creating faithful prints. Below are a few tips that I use to help me get a faithful print from screen to paper: Calibrate your monitor The

Find out where people are talking about your business online: 10 places to get you started

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Even though you can’t physically hear the chatter, people are talking about your business in a way that the whole world can hear. The internet gives a new meaning to reputation management now that millions of users can find information, reviews and opinions about your company online. With some smart tools, you can monitor your company’s online reputation – and help protect it – by knowing where people are talking about you. Places Where People Are Talking about Your Business

How to win the design client when responding to online job postings

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Here at GDB, nothing makes us happier than helping out our readers as much as possible! Recently, JasonG asked the following question: Another problem I have along similar lines is the proper way to respond to ads from people looking for a web/graphic designer, i.e. Craigslist. I never know how much info to include in that initial email. Should I include my history, design process, typical time frame, ect. Or just keep it short, “Hi, I’m Jason, here’s my website,

5 Phobias that are killing your small business (and how to overcome them)

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It’s the most common reason many would-be entrepreneurs never venture outside their comfy cubicles. It’s what keeps many small businesses from reaching their potential. And it could be killing your small business. What is it? Fear. 5 Phobias that are killing your small business I’ve seen them time and time again: 5 common fears that many small business owners and entrepreneurs fall prey to–and they can kill your small business if you don’t watch out. So what are these common

The extremely important business metric you’re not watching

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If you’ve been an entrepreneur for long, there are certain metrics (measurements) you practically live by. You know them like the back of your hand. For us designers, it could be something like average dollars per project, average dollars per month, or average dollars per client. These kinds of metrics help us measure success and sustainability. For example, if I need $1,000 each month to survive, and I know that I have an average dollar per client amount of $500,