19 Questions to Ask Before Creating a Website

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

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

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

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?

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!

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?

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

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