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

OPEN DISCUSSION: How can designers make money during client dry spells?

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Lately, I’ve had a lot of designers email me who are experiencing dry spells in their workflow. For one reason or another, they aren’t finding new clients. Eventually, the client pool dries up and many designers are left wondering what to do. So this time around, I would like to draw on your collective genius. Take a moment, leave a comment, and let us know what you do when you experience client dry spells. How do you keep making money?

Designers: conquer the budget beast once and for all!

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Odds are, if you’re just starting out with your freelance business, money is tight and you definitely want to make the most of it. Budgeting can be very beneficial in helping you plan your spending.

Equipment for your freelance business: Buy or Get By?

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As a freelance designer, there are certain hardware and software needs that I just can’t do without. I need a reliable computer, a desk, my design software, a smartphone for email when I’m away from my desk, FTP client, text editor, word processing software, the list goes on. Unfortunately for the consumer/small business owner, there is always a better, newer, faster version available on the market, begging us to scrap our current equipment and upgrade. But when is it time

8 web site essentials that will turn visitors into paying clients

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Have you ever worked hard on a web site only to be depressed that it doesn’t cause your site visitors to do anything important? Maybe you have a portfolio web site that just doesn’t convert visitors into clients. Or perhaps you’re trying to sell something, but you’ve only sold one widget. To your mother. Regardless of why your web site isn’t converting visitors into paying clients, today’s post will help you! Have a gander at the following 10 web site

Master your elevator pitch and win more design clients

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A couple days ago, we discussed which job title you should put on your business card as a freelance designer. That got me thinking about how important it is to be able to explain your business to other people quickly and effectively. The most common technique of mastering how to talk about your business is called an elevator pitch. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, here’s where it basically comes from: Imagine you were on vacation or downtown and you

How to make a killer first impression when meeting your design clients online

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We’ve written a few posts here about making a good first impression with your design clients. But most of what we have written is based on the assumption that you will meet your client in person to make that impression. What about clients you meet online? I don’t know about you, but it’s getting to a point where I have more clients that I never meet with face to face, but only in an online setting. Today’s post will cover

Behind the Design Business: Brad Fitzgerald from Apt Design

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Today, we’re excited to debut a new series titled Behind the Design Business. Every now and then, GDB will offer 15 minutes of fame to a growing design business. We ask a series of questions and the responses have been phenomenal. We’ve already learned a lot about running a successful design business, and we know you will too! If you would like to appear in the Behind the Design Business series, submit an application here. Today’s Guest Today’s featured designer