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

How to start freelancing (finally) and rock at it- Video interview with Jonathan Wold

It’s a new year again and with many of you wondering if now is the time to start freelancing, or how to take your freelance business to the next level, I’ve got the perfect resource for you! It’s a nearly-forty-minute-long video interview with Jonathan Wold, an amazing, impressive, successful entrepreneur who’s been making a killing as a designer/developer for a while now. In the interview, Jonathan shares his secrets on building a successful freelance business from scratch (and he’s got

Why some freelancers get their way with clients and others don’t

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Do you sometimes find it hard to get along with your clients? Have you ever spent a long time on the phone or in client meetings trying to convince them why a particular decision is a bad one? Have you ever found yourself frustrated when you can’t do what you know is best for your client? Do you hate it when you client has to get their way regardless of the decision being the best one? Well, you’re not alone.

The big secret to getting along with your design clients

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading How to Win Friends and Influence People. It’s an older book, but one that I’ve wanted/needed to read for a while now and, after reading about 3/4 of it I must say, every entrepreneur, freelancer, or business person in the world should read and live by this book! Seriously, you’ve got to read it. It’s packed with lots of amazing and great information that will open your eyes to how people communicate,

How to get clients to “like” your freelance business facebook page

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I’ve met a few designers who think it’s a good idea to have a facebook page for their freelance design business. Whether or not I think it’s a good idea to have a facebook page as a freelance designer (I think in some cases it makes sense and in others, it doesn’t), herein lies the big question: How do I get clients to like my design business facebook page? First, who are you targeting? Just like it’s important to decide

Dealing with unprepared and unorganized design clients

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Recently I blogged about how to rock your first client meeting. In the comments, GDB reader Siedah asked this great question: “[Do] you have any suggestions for a designer dealing with an unprepared client? I tend to run into a lot of new and existing business owners who are not prepared.” You and me both, Siedah! Let me share with you 3 tips I use to get my clients on track. And if there’s anything I’ve left out, let me

How to completely rock your first client meeting

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Best news ever! A potential client has scheduled an in-person meeting with you to discuss their needs and how you might be able to help them. (Got a phone conversation? Learn how to overcome fear and win the account.) Eeeeek! That means you actually have to go and talk face to face with them. What will you say? How will you convey how perfect you are for the job? Don’t let your phobias kill your chances before you get there.

What to do when your client breaks a signed contract

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We talk a lot about contracts here at GDB (see bottom of this post for a list of resources for working with contracts as a designer). But one thing we don’t talk about very often is what to do when/if your client breaks his terms of the deal. Since most designers (myself included) don’t get super-jazzed up when it comes to legal-speak, I’d like to try to break it down into right-brained language today. PS: I’m no lawyer. I will