Is it fair to charge your bigger clients more?

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There is a lot to know when it comes to pricing. There are whole books dedicated to the science of properly pricing design work. There is a lot of really good information out there about pricing, and when I was starting out I read a lot of it. You can find almost everything you would want to know online. I quickly settled on a combined system of flat rate and hourly that works very well for me. I was all

The right way to turn down new freelance clients

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So you’re midway through a potential client consultation when your gut starts telling you this client isn’t for you. Maybe your personalities just aren’t clicking or maybe they sound like a bad design client. (Here’s a handy list of warning signs.) But, like any smart freelancer, you know unburning bridges is really tough, so you’re feeling stuck. As GDB reader Samantha puts it, If you do meet up with a client that you know you don’t want to work with,

Grow or stay small? 5 Essential questions all freelancers should ask

Grow or Stay Small

Do you ever sit back and wonder what you ultimately want from your design business? What does it look like 10 years from now? Staff, money, cars, house, turnover, clients, holidays, boats, helicopters, happiness and the list goes on. I’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster lately, not by choice I can assure you. But it’s made me ponder what I actually really want from my business and my life. I found that it’s so easy to get

How to Sell the Heck Out of Your Design Services… In the Coolest, Non-Sleaziest Way

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I’m an artist first. I care about creating beautiful, functional things more than anything else. If I could just sit in a room all day and create and pay the bills – well, that’d be just fine with me. However, running a creative agency requires additional skill sets. It requires learning about everything that goes AROUND your art to turn it into a successful business. “Selling” is probably the hardest thing for us artists to grasp. However, after running an

Why the best time to start freelancing is now (and how to begin today)

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If you read many publications about design and freelancing you have probably noticed there can be a lot of doom and gloom in regards to the current state of the design industry. I hear quite a lot of hopeless chatter about how the internet age and the advent of affordable computers and software have let loose a torrent of unskilled designers willing to work for next to nothing and devalue the industry. Pretty bleak right? Don’t get me wrong, I

GDB is five! And we’ve got 5 fantastic birthday giveaways

GDB is five

A couple months ago, I was totally taken by surprise when I realized that GraphicDesignBlender.com turned five years old! In the Spring (U.S.) of 2009, I bought the domain and started writing. And now, five years later, here we all are. In the last five years, GDB has grown from one writer to a team of amazing and talented writers. We’ve gone from zero community to a group of well-rounded, super smart, entertaining readers who are doing amazing things in

How to keep your best clients coming back (three easy tips)

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There are probably some things you do to say “thank you” to all of your clients: send them holiday greetings, thank them for their business, and maybe even provide a small referral discount. But what about those clients that are really awesome? I’m talking about your favorite clients…the ones with fun projects who you really enjoy working with (and pay on time!). How do you ensure your relationship stays strong? How do you provide that intangible asset that gives you

Clients killing you? How to shatter negativity in 5 seconds flat

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Let’s be honest, running a successful design business can be stressful. Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE my job. I love my business. And I know there’s a good chance you also love what you do. But sometimes that really challenging client with their 66th logo revision and unrealistic turnaround times does start to get under your goat and your ‘happy tank’ starts to get a little low on juice. There’s one thing you could do which helps me through

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