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

Seriously upgrade your design portfolio site in 20 minutes or less

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upgrade your design portfolio

Are you one of those designers who uses a web portfolio to show off their work and find new clients? You’re in good company because most designers do the same. And most designers also rely on an analytical tool (like Google Analytics) to tweak their site and find more customers. Sound like you too? But many designers get frustrated and spin their wheels making tiny upgrades to their design portfolio in hopes of higher conversions and more clients with no

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

How to fix a broken client relationship

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fix a broken client relationship

Regardless of how great you are at building great business relationships, nearly every designer finds themselves (eventually) at odds with at least one client. You know what I’m talking about. The client is pretty picky, always asking for revisions or never seems to have a project that not “a rush.” The deadline is always “ASAP” and they’re always trying to get a better deal, work the discount, or get you to throw in some extra work for no extra pay.

How one design agency tripled their business by giving away free web sites

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Last January, our website development team was struggling for a way to break out of our old market and into a new, more profitable niche. How we did it could work for your business too. Let me explain: Whether your development team is a one-man band or a full orchestra, your goal is probably to grow. Growing leads to more connections, more resources, and most importantly more profit; but when you’ve hit a dead-end with marketing, where do you go?

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

Should you charge your client for your learning time?

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Have you ever had a client ask you to do something outside of your realm of expertise? Maybe they want some extensive customization to their WordPress theme. Or a fillable PDF form that calculates based on user input. Or some major Photoshopping on a particular image. Whatever it is, you know you’re going to have to improve your skill set to complete the project. And that’s going to take more than just an extra hour of time. But you’re feeling

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

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reward your best clients

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

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