Avoid web design stress by clearly defining site goals

“You don’t know what you don’t know” – a sentence true in every situation. That’s why the majority of websites are messed up before someone even starts designing them. The main issue is that the client doesn’t know how to convey what he really wants to the designer, and the designer doesn’t know what the client wants because it wasn’t described clearly enough. Kinda stalemate. But everything could have been started so nicely and clearly with just one question. The

Creative ways to promote your design business with little or no budget

On the GDB facebook page, I recently asked what sorts of articles you would like to read during the next few months here at the blog. While I plan to write articles for nearly all the responses, one particular response offered by Nina Randone, really caught my attention. Her suggestion? Creative and low budget self-promotion pieces. Thus, this article was born. Today I would like to explore creative ways to promote your design business with little or no budget. Thanks,

How To Get More Design Clients with an Effective Marketing Message

Unless you went to business school or graduated with a degree in business, chances are you weren’t taught how to write text that will bring in clients. This is typical with technical and creative arts, and is one of the main areas in which freelancers fall down. You know very well how to do the production work, but not so much on the marketing side. So how do you communicate effectively to clients to not only help them understand what

Set milestones and eliminate stress in the design process

When I first started working for myself, one of the hardest things for me to do was finish a design project in the amount of time that I had anticipated. Projects that I hoped to finish in a week, took 3 weeks, those that I hoped to finish in a month, took a few months. And it wasn’t necessarily my fault. Actually, it wasn’t really the client’s fault either. The problem was, we hadn’t sat down to set milestones for

How to spot bad design clients & when to ditch them

Opportunities quickly become nightmares when a freelance worker takes on a bad client. Whether you work as a designer, developer, writer, or other professional, the joys of freelancing can turn to angst when a client becomes bent on paying you less than you’re worth or making you do more work without additional pay. A bad client threatens your reputation, gets on your nerves, costs money, and wastes your time, so you should learn how to spot bad clients & when

Client famine: how designers can keep food on the table year-round

The design industry is an interesting thing: sometimes you have more work than you can stand, and other times you are scraping by, hoping that you’ll find your next batch of clients soon. While some designers or design firms are really good at keeping a steady pool of clients, many of us are hit with times of client famine where, regardless of the work you put into your business, people just aren’t hiring you. It’s been my experience, for example,

Where to hold client meetings when you design from home

Being a freelance designer is a blast! You get to spend time working on your business and working in your business. You get to be the designer, the customer service representative, the accountant, the creative director, and more. One of the most enjoyable parts of being a freelance designer is meeting with clients, establishing solid relationships with them, and getting to know them and their company. You meet with clients so you can better meet their needs, establish goals, or

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