Announcing Stoked: throw fuel on your design business + win a free 1-year subscription

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Today, I’m over-the-top excited to announce one of the biggest developments at Design Blender in a long time! We’re announcing the release of Stoked our upcoming design community built to help you throw fuel on your design business. You may remember me talking about GDBPro last year. This post will cover why GDBPro has now become Stoked PLUS how you can win one free year of access to all the content Stoked has to offer. Keep reading for your chance to win! What Stoked is (what it

Confession: I’m a web designer. I outsourced my HTML. Here’s what I learned.

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I’ve been designing web sites for almost a decade. I love web design. I stay up late designing web sites. I thrive on learning cool new techniques and get a rush every time I update a page’s source code and click refresh. Every…single…time. It’s an addiction. (Maybe you’re addicted too?) So, strictly from a passion perspective, I would never outsource the coding of a web site. Plus, I’ve written about outsourcing design services here at the blog before. Frankly, there were a lot of people

Why you don’t need a revolutionary idea to start a business

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Are you sitting around waiting for the next big idea to pop in your head before you start your business? Maybe you sit on the couch on Friday Nights watching Shark Tank on television and thinking to yourself: “Gee, if I only had an idea that was as amazing as that one…then I could start the business of my dreams.” The truth of the matter is, you don’t need a completely revolutionary idea in order to start a business. • • •

The ultimate guide to escaping the “hours for dollars” trap

The ultimate guide to escaping the “hours for dollars” trap

My first business was in manufacturing. I was 10. I used to make all sorts of dazzling arts and crafts and sell them at the local Sunday markets. I remember the table being so huge I could barely see over top of it to talk to my customers; then again, everything seems huge when you’re 3 feet tall. By the end of each market day, I’d pack up what was left, assess the best sellers, count my earnings and go

How I built a successful freelance business from literally nothing

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With the new year approaching this is the perfect time to start something new. Something about a fresh start really motivates us to dig into the work we’ve been putting off and take on some new challenges. What better time could there be to start your freelance business? But if you are starting from absolute scratch there is a lot to do. Building a successful graphic design business is a lot of work and just the thought of it can

How to thank your best clients this year (without going broke)

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Can you believe it’s already December? If you’re like me, you’re scrambling to put together something for your best clients in time for the holidays. But what to do? And how can you afford it – December generally being a slower month for designers* (and generally more expensive in our personal lives)? You’re in luck…I’ve done the research for you. (If only all research included scouring Pinterest!) Here are a number of fun, crafty, tasty, and most importantly inexpensive holiday

How to start a successful business when you’re not an expert at anything

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It’s a common voice all entrepreneurs hear inside their heads: “Will anyone actually pay me real money for this?” “Why would anyone pay me when there are so many other experts out there?” “Who am I to build a business around what I love to do?” If you’ve ever given in to these kinds of thoughts, you’re fooling yourself. You’re tricking yourself into believing you can’t do it. You’re lying to yourself when you say you aren’t enough of an expert to build

13 Signs You’re a Design Slacker (And How to Step Up Your Game)

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Admit it. There have been nights you’ve gone to bed without brushing your teeth. Some days you skip washing your hair. (I’ve just discovered dry shampoo and I’m embarrassed to say I use it, but hey, this mini-mohawk is temperamental so desperate measures are required when I’m in a hurry). Other times, you ventured out wearing the same underwear cos you’ve fallen behind with the laundry. Eww, I know, but whatareya gonna do? Go commando? Come on admit it, we’ve

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