Don’t create another job for yourself: Freelancing means freedom!

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There’s a reason I love freelancing and entrepreneurship. It’s not the money (although that’s nice). It’s not the fame. (Wait, who is this guy?) It not that I am my own boss. (Sometimes that’s more work than you’d think.) It’s the freedom. Months when I want to make more money, I can work harder and spend more time on my businesses. But months when I want to spend more time with my wife and 2-year-old son, I can do that

Switch from work-mode to vacation-mode (and back) without stressing about your business!

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This post is brought to you by Printrunner, an online printing service that provides label printing. * * * Okay, it’s decided: you’re going on vacation. (Yay! I want a postcard.) As your departure date nears, follow these tips to minimize your stress level. Don’t forget my favorite vacation secret to success – give yourself a one-day buffer from the work world on either end of your vacation. T-Minus Two Weeks: Write an extra blog post and prepare and create

Yes, freelancers CAN go on vacation! Here’s how…

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Hi, GDB readers! I’m back from a fantastic two-week cruise from Miami through the Panama Canal to San Diego. (My deepest apologies for my belated responses to your wonderful comments.) So it IS possible, as a freelancer, to take a vacation. Sometimes the thought of escaping reality can be scary, though. It’s easy to get so caught up in worrying that you ruin your vacation or decide never to go in the first place! Answering these three questions will help

The best business advice I ever received and what I did about it

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Yesterday, I was trying to imagine what I should write about today on the blog and, after exploring a few ideas, I thought I would ask you what I should cover. A few great responses came in that I plan to blog about in the near future. Today, I’d like to respond to the great suggestion from Michael Pingree (who we’ve seen a lot of in the comments lately and he’s really contributed a great deal to the GDB community. Thanks Michael!).

Does anyone know your design business exists?

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“All the talent in the world will not help you if no one knows you have it…” What really makes a good designer? Ask anyone this question and you will receive numerous answers. Sure, there are many factors that make you a great designer, but one rule remains the same: People have to know you’re great in order for it to count! You have to get your name out there. You have to have a following of individuals who notice

How to quote a design project – and win the account

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Quoting a project isn’t easy – and knowing how to quote a design project well is even tougher. Part estimation, part research, and part historical evidence, a good design quote creates a fair proposal for both the designer and the client where each feels he will receive as much as he will give. (Cue butterflies, rainbows, and birds chirping.) Easier said than done. (Cue giant sledgehammer.) Regardless of how much you charge or whether you quote a design project by the

An $11,000+ boost with small “tweaks” to your design business

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I never do this, but a few weeks ago, I pre-ordered a new book from Ghris Guillebeau titled The $100 Startup*. Since the day the book showed up in my mailbox, I haven’t been able to put it down and, when I’m through, I’ll offer a complete book review here at the blog, but I wanted to share with you a really simple principle Chris teaches that can help you take your design business to the next level. It’s the

Entrepreneurs: follow this one simple principle to avoid wasting your hard-earned profit

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For those of you who, like me, used to work for someone else, you know what it’s like to beg for updated software, hardware, printer ink, and design-specific supplies. At the thought of turning freelance, my heart went pitter-patter at the thought of finally having the tools and resources I wanted. So when I finally had enough money to make one of those coveted purchases, my heart seized when this thought crossed my mind – “Is it worth it?” When