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

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 it extremely hard to avoid distractions when working from home. 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