4 Easy ways to ask for referrals without asking for referrals

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One of the most common pieces of advice I see freelancers offering other freelancers is “get referrals.” That’s because it is one of the best pieces of advice there is. Referrals are one of the best ways to get new clients. They are a chance at new business, with a warm introduction. Referrals are as good as gold. They can also be very uncomfortable to ask for. Maybe you have clients with friends that you’re dying to work for, but you know

How to make client designs more affordable without lowering your price

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In a perfect world, clients would have ample room in their budgets for design work and would happily pay you immediately upon project completion. But who knows if they even have designers in Heaven, so let’s focus on life here on Earth: most clients, especially the start-ups and the entrepreneurs and the small businesses, fit design into their budget begrudgingly. Simply put, the average client wants more work done than they can afford (or believe they can afford). And since

7 Ways I turn my unused designs into passive income

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If you are like most freelancers, client work makes up the bulk of your income. For me (and I suspect the same is true for most other designers) the creative process involves a lot of experimenting. Sometimes this means that in the process of finding the one design that works perfectly for a project you go through several other ideas that are still good but are not the best fit. This can result in a lot of good design work

3 Chances to win 500 business cards + Stoked launches in just 3 weeks

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In just 3 short weeks, we’re launching Stoked, a brand-new community for designers who are serious about fueling their business. (Learn more about Stoked here.) And to celebrate, we’re giving something away every week leading up to launch day! Last Monday, we offered a chance to win one free year of membership in Stoked. And today, you’ve got a chance to get your hands on 1 of 3 sets of 500 business cards from PrintKEG. I really love PrintKEG’s mission.

What designers with endless clients and referrals do but you don’t (yet)

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Here at GDB we talk a lot about how to convince your design clients to hire you again (and again and again and again). We’ve talked about upselling your next design project and when the right time is to ask for referrals. But what if you didn’t have to do any convincing? What if your clients called you “their favorite call of the week?” You might say you’ve died and gone to freelancer heaven. All right here on Earth. And guess

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. • • •