Charging what you're worth: a few tips for underpaid designers

So you’re a freelance designer, eh? You’re living the big life because you are doing what you love and getting paid for it. The only problem is, you’re not getting paid very much. But who cares, right. I mean, you get to work on your shiny apple computer designing pretty things for clients all day long. You don’t care that you don’t make much money as long as you get to do something you love. Stop lying to yourself. I’m

How to build a rockstar design business without going broke

Starting a business is no easy task. It takes time, effort, and (a lot of times) a whole heap of money. But there are lots of designers who have built a rockstar design business without spending their life savings away. And you can too. This article will offer a few money-saving techniques that will help you build your design business without going broke. If you have more to add to this short list, take a second and leave a comment.

25 Nuggets of Entrepreneurial Wisdom for Designers

I know you’re busy working in and on your design business, so I don’t want to take too much of your time today, but I’d like to offer 25 solid pieces of entrepreneurial advice. I got these gems from a book I read not too long ago titled “The One Minute Entrepreneur“. It offers many more tips on becoming a successful entrepreneur, but I have chosen my 25 favorite pieces of advice to share with you today. Which one is

Putting a price tag on design

How much do you charge for your design services? And how in the world did you come up with those numbers? There are a lot of different factors to consider when establishing your pricing methods as a designer and, frankly, a lot of designers have no clue when it comes to effective pricing. This post will cover a few solid strategies to help you as you determine how much to charge. If you have any tips to add, please do

10 things IKEA can teach you about designing an online store

Here I am. Standing next to a container with some funny, cushy slippers in it in the middle of an IKEA store. I don’t even know how I got here because there’s no particular thing I wanted to buy, yet I’m here. I’ve managed to go pass the cashiers wielding a handful of things I don’t need, nor want. I’m packing my stuff, but something catches my eye, a small piece of paper with some survey on it. I’ve decided

Build your design business by supplementing your design skills

It’s pretty hard to be amazing at everything. Am I right? Granted, there are a few designers out there who are amazing at Print design, branding, print marketing, HTML, CSS, Web programming (PHP etc.), Javascript, and anything else you throw their way. A “Jack of all Trades” you might call them. But most of us are not so fantastic. It’s more common to find a designer who is phenomenal at illustration but can’t code a web site to save his

Take care of your design business, and it will take care of you

I have fellow designers email me all the time with questions and concerns about how to run their design business. Whether they are graphic designers or web designers (or both) most problems seem to be pretty similar. They can’t find clients. They can’t keep the clients they manage to find. They don’t know how to get paid on time. And so on, and so on. You know the drill. Chances are, you have had similar problems (or will experience them

Ten Frequent Questions Clients Ask Web Designers (And how to answer them)

In recognition of being in business for 10 years, I thought I’d share ten questions that I get asked most often as a professional website developer. Some of them I’m sure other like-minded professionals have also had to answer. These are in no particular order, but I hope they help: 1. How much will my website cost? Yes, this one is a no-brainer and you’d think there was something seriously wrong if a potential client didn’t ask you this. Often,