5 Common Ways Designers Screw Up Their Cover Letters

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Cover letters are a great way to make a positive first impression. In the design world, the purpose of a cover letter is to introduce a portion of your work history, to exhibit your ability to write intelligently about yourself and your work, to explain the ways in which your work can benefit the hiring company, and to express a bit of your personality. It is a rather tall order to hope to accomplish this in a few, succinct paragraphs,

9 ways designers can generate passive income

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There’s more than one way to make great money as a designer. If you’d like to increase your design business’ income without dramatically increasing your workload, keep reading – you’re going to enjoy today’s post. Start and maintain a blog My personal favorite way of increasing your passive income is to run a successful blog. Blogging isn’t easy, and if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make money, blogging definitely is not for you. But if blogging

When to offer extra services to your design clients

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Have you ever started working on a design project for a client, only to realize that they need a lot of design work done in more than one area of their business? For example: I was hired to design a web site for a local entertainment center and realized that they also needed a whole new branded look including business cards, flyers, and (of course) the web site that they hired me to do. I realized in that moment, that

Skyrocket your freelance design business with these time management tips

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Pressed by the daily responsibilities, working incessantly to meet deadline and never finding the time to handle other matters – these are the main problems that you have to deal with as a freelancer; in such situations, following the suggestions on managing time as a freelance designer should prove helpful. Suggestion #1: Be organized Someone once said that an efficient person sees order in everything. While there is a fine line between being organized and compulsive, you have to recognize

19 Questions to Ask Before Creating a Website

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Have you ever come to a point in a website design where you’re lost? You’re staring at a blank Photoshop document and you have no idea how to fill the space. You don’t know what the client wants and what they will like. Don’t get yourself stuck in that phase again. Clients often don’t know what information to give their website design before starting a project. They believe the website designer knows-all and can read their mind. However, we are

How to keep your first design gig from spiraling out of control

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So newbie, you just landed your first big design gig huh? What are you designing? A company web site? a fancy business card? maybe some print marketing material? Congratulations on landing your first gig! Now, the key is to keep everything under-control and manageable. Getting your first gig can be exciting, but there might also be a lot of things you never thought about. Here’s how to keep your first design gig from spiraling out of control: (PS. I’d love

11 personalities traits of a good freelance mentor

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On Monday, we discussed the importance of finding a freelance mentor; someone who can help you and guide you as you build your design business. But how do you find a good mentor? Sure, there are plenty of people out there who are willing to help you for a fee. Their intentions are probably mostly good. But how do you know if you’re getting a great mentor at a good price instead of just a money-hungry businessman? Here are 8

5 Reasons your design blog will fail within six months

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Blogging is tough. And blogging about design can be an especially difficult ball game. In fact, a lot of designers get frustrated because their blogs don’t take off like they had hoped and many give up within 6 months. Sound familiar? Today, I’d like to offer a few reasons why your design blog will fail within 6 months. Below you’ll find common problems and solutions designers face as they try to blog about design. I’d love to hear what you

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