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

Five unbelievable business lessons I learned from my (new) barber

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Yesterday, my wife, two kids and I got our family pictures taken. And, of course, I filled my life with all sorts of things that kept me from getting my hair cut until the very day of the photos: a huge risk. So, since this was no ordinary haircut (after all, this haircut will live eternally in our family photos), I decided to skip the usual $8 haircut salon I go to and find a nice barbershop. Now, I don’t

Getting a response: 6 tips on working with tremendously busy clients

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Every freelancer has probably met a client who is extremely busy. This so-called busy client is an individual who has contacted you seeking for your services. Not only does he know what he wants, he is also conscious about the benefits that your services will bring to his business. Describing this client, you may think that he is ready to buy your services, but if he is tremendously busy, even contacting you back can be impossible sometimes. You did it

10 mind-shifts you MUST have today to be a successful and happy freelancer

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Stop beating yourself up over little things. Realize that you’re good enough. And acknowledge that your work is worth paying for. These are just a few of the key mind-shifts you’ll need to have if you’re truly going to thrive as a freelancer. Below, you’ll find ten mind-shifts you must have (about your clients, about your work, about your rates, and about your business) if you truly want to be successful. If I’ve left anything out, please let me know

How to miraculously build a profitable relationship when your client’s budget is low

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So you’ve got this potential lead. You meet with them, go over their needs and wants, and you’re all pretty excited about getting started. And then they review your design quote. “Oh. We were thinking more in the <subtract 50%> range.” (Have you heard something like this before?) If you’re anything like me, that’s a BIG difference in cost. Then the anxiety sets in and you start second-guessing yourself…did you quote too high? Are you worth that amount? Is this

4 ways designers can survive in a world where “everybody is a designer”

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It seems like everybody now has a copy of Photoshop, Illustrator or some form of design software. The internet has made once exclusive design tools accessible to everyone. It’s not hard to imagine that people might start to ask themselves why they would pay you to do something they could do at home. Technology seems to act as the great equalizer. If everyone has the same tools to work with, designers have to offer something that people can’t do themselves.

Q&A: What to do when a freelance client treats you like an employee

Today, in the first episode of our Q&A series, I tackle a question I hear pretty frequently: “How do I handle a freelance client who treats me like an employee?” If you’re reading this post in an RSS reader or email, click here to view the video. Leave a comment here.

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