How I beat out a brick and mortar agency with a killer proposal

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Sounds kind of epic: a single freelancer working from home wins a client over a big agency working in a local brick and mortar location, just by providing a killer design proposal. Believe me – it’s possible, because I did it! There’s so much a client can benefit from working with a single freelancer over an agency, and you just have to know how to present yourself as the best option. You do that by offering more than just a

How to make sure you have clients (and income) all year round

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Whether it’s from clients or from fellow designers, I hear this a lot: “Business was going great. I had a lot of customers and was really busy, but now I’m not because <insert reason here>. So I need to figure out how to market myself to get more customers.” Do you recognize the big problem with this statement? If you don’t, that’s okay, because I’m about to share why you should never catch yourself saying this ever again. The BIG

When and how you should turn down a project that’s not for you

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As a freelancer just starting out, or even one who’s been doing this for a while, you might be inclined to say “yes” to every project and client that comes your way. But believe it or not, there might come a time where you’d be better off saying “no.” Now you might be thinking… Why would I ever turn down a project? That’s a relationship and money I’d be saying no to! In reality not every project is for you,

How to squash the dreaded ‘forever project’ and finally get paid!

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You know the “forever” projects I’m talking about – those that are three months behind schedule yet your client wants to see “just one more” color scheme or isn’t sure about the copy. When once you were thrilled about landing a great project, now you’re just hoping they’ll make up their minds and put money in your pocket. If you’re stuck in this nasty situation, follow these steps to find that light at the end of the tunnel (and then

How to deal with high-maintenance clients (and not ruin the relationship!)

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Have you ever had one of those clingy clients that calls daily? Twice daily? Sunday afternoon? Do you save their number in your phone just so you can press “ignore” when you see them calling (for the third time in two days)? If you haven’t, you’re lucky! (If you have, leave a comment on this post telling us about your clingy client experience!) Clingy clients, as I call them, are a huge distraction. Not only are you taken away from

What to do when you can’t finish a project on time

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Freelancers and entrepreneurs are optimistic by nature. If we weren’t, we’d do the bare minimum in life to get by. We wouldn’t be running our own businesses. We’d be working at some low-paying job, enough to put bread and milk on the table and then we’d sit and watch TV after work every day. Usually, that instinctive optimism is phenomenal–leading us to do things we never imagined we could. But other times, optimism can overload us. Have you ever been

4 Major web site problems that are costing you clients

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Many of us find new clients by word of mouth. In fact, any time I talk with a group of GDB readers, that’s where most of your business comes from. You make a client happy, fulfill their need, and they refer you to a friend, fellow business owner or colleague. And the cycle continues. But did you know you could be losing potential clients through a few hidden problems on your web site? Because when a client refers you to

The biggest mistake designers make with contracts – costing time and money

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Imagine you’re a web designer (maybe you are one) and a client comes to you and says something like: “After looking through your portfolio, we’ve decided we’d really like to hire you for our next web design project.” The client then proceeds to give you all the details of the job and you’re stoked. You can’t wait to get going on the new project so you jump online, review your portfolio, pick a previous project you’ve worked on, and copy

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