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

This is what it means to be a freelancer (that no one else will ever understand)

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Walk into any business, and you can almost instantly spot the owner. It’s not always their clothes, either. Some dress with more authority, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes they’re the ones in the tie-dye and sandals. And age doesn’t give it away either, as they’re usually not the oldest in the room. How can you almost always instantly spot the owner? What is it? Because if it’s not the clothes or the age, it has to be something else.

How to avoid distractions when working from home

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Working from home has many perks: more time and money otherwise spent on commuting, flexible schedule, and an opportunity to combine work and family life. All this comes at a price – some people find their homes full of distractions! Switching from ‘home’ mode to ‘work’ mode is probably the biggest challenge faced by home-based entrepreneurs. If your house can be as chaotic and crazy (in a mostly fun way!) as mine, setting boundaries with yourself and your family is

11 Ways to make more money from your business in 2015

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Cash. Money. Moolah. Coin. Pennies. Dimes. Dosh. Dough… Call it whatever but let’s be honest…it can be the painful, blistering bane of your existence if you’re not careful. How many nights do you lie awake staring at the ceiling stressing about how to pay your suppliers, staff, taxes, rent, house, car payments, school fees, heck even just to put food on the table sometimes — worried sick about where the next lot of cash is coming from? Countless, right? Me

6 Habits of Super Productive Freelancers

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There are many benefits to freelancing, including the ability to set your own hours and rid yourself of a long, boring, and expensive commute. (Forgot how awesome freelancing is? Read this.) However, one of the downsides of being your own boss is that no one’s there to check in on you. It’s all too easy to lose focus, which only harms you and your business. Especially during the holiday season, it’s harder than ever to carve out hours of productive

Why repeatedly bending over backwards for a client can actually hurt your relationship

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Do you have that one client (okay, maybe three?!) that’s habitually totally unorganized and needing something big last week? The one that asks for an entire PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow’s 8am meeting? (Just 20 slides, I swear! 85 slides later…) Or that calls on Friday at 4:30pm to request a “quick” icon set for Monday morning’s software upgrade? I’m talking about the client that always exhibits this behavior, not the client with one rare instance when they dropped the ball.