4 small yet vital details you can’t afford to miss when starting your freelance business

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When you’re striking out on your own as a freelancer, there’s a lot to handle. You have to get your web presence going, build a business plan and a marketing plan, reach out to potential clients, and update your software. And that’s the obvious part. But what about the smaller details? Neglecting the little things can come back to bite you later, so today, take caution and read through these 4 small yet vital details you may have overlooked when

How NOT to act when your client asks for revisions

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A note from Preston: This is possibly one of the most important blog posts I have ever written. I didn’t mean for it to be, but by the time I was finished, I realized how insanely important this message is. Please take time to really read it (or at least bookmark it for later) and if you agree that the message is super-important, please tell anyone you know who needs to hear it. As always, thank you and I hope

Don’t make these five big mistakes that turn freelancers into failures

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I recently read this comment from a pessimist in the freelance community: “Freelancing is a joke! There is no money in web design unless you are employed full-time by a company making a salary. Nobody pays real money anymore. They just go to any of the big template shops and pay $60 for a design, or hire some college kid for 100 bucks to build a site.” (If you disagree with this stance, please spread the word on this post

How to build a killer physical portfolio and win your next account

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A picture is worth 1,000 words. Keep that in mind when you go to your next potential client meeting. You want to make a great first impression and win the account. While what you say and how you act are very important, ultimately, the client wants to know that you can deliver. However, you’re probably not the only freelancer your client is interviewing. You need to wow them, and you can do it with your portfolio – and your accompanying

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