The ultimate guide to (finally) starting your own design business

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Maybe you’re still only dreaming about starting your own design business. Or perhaps you’re doing a few side-jobs in your free time hoping to start a design business full-time. Maybe you’ve just started your design business but need a bit of a boost to take it to the next level. Wherever you are in the process of starting your own design business, this post is for you. (And if you want more than just these 10 tips, check out our favorite

Are you missing out on money by ignoring mobile payments as a freelancer?

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Getting paid efficiently and with little effort is imperative to your success as a freelancer. Accepting mobile payments, which allows your clients to pay using credit or debit cards from anywhere, is a simple way to ensure that your clients pay as agreed — and that the money you rely on to support your business (and life) arrives in your bank account quickly. Here’s a look at the aspects of accepting mobile payments as well as some of the benefits and drawbacks

How to turn your day-to-day struggle into a creative business you love

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If you’re anything like I was just a few years ago, you’re probably working your tush off, spinning your wheels like a hamster on steroids and feeling like it’s just not paying off. Like your bank balance doesn’t match all the sacrifices you’ve had to make, right? You increase your rates, sack some clients, get some momentum for a while… …but it just never feels like you’ve made it.  Every day still feels like a struggle. It feels like you’ve

The 3 most important factors in naming your business

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Naming your business is probably the single most challenging task in creating a business – and career – you love. Despite an internet overflowing with business naming advice and a wealth of creative ability, most of us creative entrepreneurs (myself included – read my naming story here) struggle, fret, cry, lose sleep, and admit utter defeat before finally finding the perfect name…sometimes months or years later. And for many of you, I know you’re still hunting for the perfect name

How to find, hire, and work with a great accountant

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It can be expensive to work with an accountant. Do you really need one? And what, beyond filing your tax return, should you use them for? If you’re serious about growing your business, the right accountant can help you make long-term strategic financial decisions. They can also help with lease negotiations, cash and treasury management, ongoing tax reporting, and financial planning. They can even help you change business structures. How to find an accountant that’s right for you The best

The one simple habit that changed my entire business and life

The one simple habit that changed my entire business and life - Graphic Design Blender

Is it just me or do we as designers like variety like it really is the elixir of life? I try so many things it’s not funny. I hate eating the same meal twice — I always have to cook something different. (It drives my partner nuts.) I must have at least 50 unfinished books I’m still reading. 17 unfinished DIY projects around the house. 20+ unfinished courses. Boxes of paints and blank canvases with not a painting in sight.

Your testimonials are a hidden goldmine if you use them like this.

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Testimonials are more important than just about anything else on your website. If you had a headline that said “We make awesome websites that help businesses grow” followed by 20 testimonials from businesses saying how awesome their new website is and how much they’ve grown… …and you followed that up with a few samples and a contact form… you’d be rocking and rolling without a single word more of copy (and that’s coming from a copywriter). You really don’t need much

How to negotiate with clients (or anyone) like a pro this year

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Negotiations always give me the jitters. Am I proposing a fair deal? Am I about to get swindled? Should I look elsewhere? Am I going to lose this project? Is this client going to be more stress than they’re worth? Etc. etc. I think partly that’s because I’ve never been good at reading people; maybe I’m too honest, naive, or just plain oblivious. But I also believe it’s because the art of negotiation is rarely taught in school (no matter