Do designers deserve down-payments?

Every once and a while I like to have a good long conversation with a few loyal readers of GDB to see what makes them tick, what problems they face, and how GDB can better serve them. Recently, in a discussion with a friend of mine, the topic came up of whether or not to charge design clients a down-payment prior to completing their design project. I thought it would be interesting to share with you a few of the

Designing a successful one-page portfolio

If you enjoy this article, check out the next article in the series: “8 Awesome jQuery tutorials to make your one-page portfolio shine” There are countless approaches you can take when creating your own design portfolio. Every designer is unique and should, therefore, have a unique portfolio. But when it comes to designing a successful one-page portfolio, there are a few key ingredients you’ll want to be sure to include. After reading through a few of my suggestions, be sure

Write amazing design project proposals and get more clients

Drafting up a design project proposal can be extremely scary. For freelance designers, every time you submit a proposal, it’s like applying for a job. Proposals determine whether clients choose to hire you, and clients are the life-blood of your design business. In essence, your entire success or failure as a designer depends on how well you can sell yourself or your services. This article will teach you ins and outs of a successful design project proposal, and how to

17 Tips for Effective Freelance Business Planning

Freelancing can be a tough business, regardless of in which field you are attempting to freelance. Like a regular business, there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind; some of these tips can make your business venture a smoother transition, and some will just make your life easier in the long run. The following list are seventeen things to avoid doing prior to starting freelancing, which will make for a much more effective business endeavor. 1. Do

How to make your logo design process more profitable

The other day, I was visiting with a fellow designer who commented to me that they had recently completed a logo design project for which they collected very little money. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was more than $5 or some ridiculously small amount, but this designer felt like they should have been paid a lot more for all the work he put into designing this logo. I agreed with him. Surely this has happened to you or another

How having the right people around you can boost design business

One of the things about being a freelancer is you end up spending a lot of time alone. After all, you work at your computer, at home, or in cafes, and only you and your expertise are required in order to have a fully-operational business. But it doesn’t have to be that way. For a long time I bought into a lot of self-help guides and motivational speakers who said, “You only need yourself. Other people are nice – but

Are you taking enough time to build your design business?

Not long ago, I read the E-Myth Revisited (affiliate link), a phenomenal book about entrepreneurship. One of the most life-changing (or I guess you could say business-changing) concepts understood from the book was the importance taking time to build your business. Many entrepreneurs spend too much time working in their business instead of working on their business. This article will explore the best ways to build your design business while still finding time to do what you enjoy most: designing.

11 ways to grow your design business in less than an hour

Whether you are working as a freelance designer, in a design firm, or otherwise, it’s important to be able to help your design business grow on a regular basis. But let’s face it, marketing your design business frequently becomes the “project you’ll get to when you have time”. Since no one is directly paying you for the time you spend building your business, it often gets pushed aside. This article covers 11 simple tips that can build your design business