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.

4 tips for finally getting paid + how to handle invoice disputes the right way

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“Well, maybe just one more day to see if they pay.” Have you ever said this to yourself? (I have.) One of the most troublesome parts of freelancing is invoicing and collecting payment. Nobody likes to be the bill collector, but sometimes it has to be done – and as freelancers, we get to wear that hat, too. If you’re anything like me, you know that anxious knot that forms in your stomach when you expect a battle over a

Four brilliant ways to handle client changes you don’t want to make

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Let’s say you’ve spent hours on designing a website mockup for a new client, only to have a huge list of changes sent back that will for sure ruin your work. Have you ever dealt with a client situation like this? It could be a simple color change that doesn’t go well together, or they may want to have you add an audio clip that automatically plays over their website. I’ve dealt with a some situations like that… it was

How to invoice projects, get clients to pay, and see results as a freelancer!

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Have you ever had trouble getting clients to pay invoices? Have you ever felt anxious, fearful, or “weird” about billing a client for your time? Have you ever had to haggle with a client over an invoice? If so, this is the post for you. (Trust me, you’re not the only one.) Good communication Invoicing projects and getting paid starts out with good communication between you and your client. Don’t be shy about your pricing – but don’t be afraid

Should designers work for free?

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Freemium. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a business model (term coined by Chris Anderson in The Long Tail) where you offer part of your services for free and encourage your customers to upgrade to a premium (paid) version. If you use Hulu, Pandora, LinkedIn, or even Dribbble, then you’re familiar with the model. And it may be tempting to consider a freemium model for your design business. After all, you could design a logo or layout a web