Save your Business Reputation with these 5 Design File Tips

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First, a note from Preston: Hey GDB Readers, you may have noticed a few articles recently from April Greer here at GDB. She’s an excellent entrepreneur,  designer and writer (as you’ve probably already noticed) and I’ve asked April to join the GDB team for the next few months (and hopefully longer into the future) as a once-a-week writer. April has some great experience as a freelance designer and I’ve asked her to write about the things she experiences on a

The secret to saving an underpriced design project (and avoiding it next time)

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One of my very first clients asked me to redesign a “simple” website. Being a young graphic designer, I was so excited that someone was about to pay me to design something (anything) that I ran full throttle into the project with no contract and little research into the size of the existing website. I probably could’ve made more money flipping burgers when it was all said and done. So if you’ve got a lot more work ahead of you

25 ways designers can make money without dealing with design clients

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This is not one of those posts that rants and raves about how great designers are and how horrible design clients are. In fact, I hate all the bad karma floating around the design community when it comes to dealing with design clients. Clients are the life-blood of your design business. And it’s time to swallow your pride and find ways to peaceably work with clients. But if the time ever comes that your client pool runs dry, it’s a

Watch profits soar when you automate these 5 design business tasks

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been reading a fantastic book recently titled The Four-Hour Workweek* by Tim Ferris. In the book (which I cannot recommend highly enough for freelancers-seriously, it will change the way you work forever!) Tim explains the importance of automating your business (and he even recommends automating aspects of your personal life). Automation simply means letting technology or personal assistants take care of certain tasks instead of allowing those tasks to take up your

Are Your Communication Skills Scaring Away Your Design Clients?

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In this age of instant messaging and texting, usage of proper English (or whatever language you’re communicating in) has become a rarity. It’s not uncommon to receive a text from your spouse that might say “k gtg ill b l8 2nite” or send an email to your friends that ends with “Later yo!” However, if you rely on slang terms and a cryptic mishmash of letters and numbers in your professional communications, you might be scaring your clients away! Turning

Turn your design passion into a steady profit in just 11 days (ebook)

If you’ve been putting off starting your own design business for a long time now, you’re not alone. A few months ago, designers across the world joined together to enroll in From Passion to Profit, a premium email course we offered as a one-time offer here at GDB. Because the course was such a success and so helpful for so many designers, today, I am excited to announce the brand new From Passion to Profit ebook! From Passion to Profit

How designers should use Google+ to build their business

Google+ has an interesting approach to social interaction. Google looked at how people socialize in the real world and they applied it to Google+. For instance, instead of everybody being able to see what you’re saying, you can group people into Circles and choose who sees what. With that approach, designers can use Google+ in interesting ways. We can connect, be inspired, and share with people. If you are a designer and have Google+, try using it in these three

Are you giving your design business the time it deserves?

If you’re anything like me, you have a lot to do. Running a design business isn’t easy and there are a million different pieces to your design business. It can be pretty common to let some less-important tasks fall through the cracks. But you need to give your design business the time it deserves in order to keep growing. Today, I want to let you in on a few ways I manage to give my design business (and this design