A day in the life of one freelance designer

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Trying to pin down one day in my design life is a pretty daunting prospect. I guess that’s what makes being a freelance designer so darn interesting to me – it’s not an orderly, predictable existence. One day is never like the next. I’m always stretching and learning and failing forward fast. It’s not an orderly, predictable existence. One day is never like the next. #freelancing Click To Tweet Communicating, planning, outsourcing, networking and even designing – it’s busy! I

How to keep pushing when you’ve had enough and are ready to quit your business

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These past couple weeks have been crazy. On one hand, things have been amazing. We’ve been traveling through Europe while working, and business has been growing like crazy at the same time. On the other hand, these past couple weeks have been tough. I’ve slept horribly lately, I’ve been scrambling to finish about 5+ urgent projects all at the same time, and some crazy customer “fires” sprung up that had to be resolved too, but not without nearly giving me

34 Business Tasks You Should Stop Doing & Hire Virtual Staff For

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What’s the number one resource all entrepreneurs don’t have enough of? Time. Especially if you’ve built your business around providing a service for people. Because, once the 24 hours in a day run out, you have no choice but to start over again tomorrow. If you’re not careful, you can think you’re building a business when you’re really just spending 24-hour increments maintaining a business. How to get more hours in the day There’s only one solid way to find more

How passive income side projects changed my life and business forever

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About a year ago I came to a realization that completely changed my life: I realized that if I just kept jumping from freelance project to freelance project I would never get where I wanted to in life. I would probably make a decent income, and I would get pretty good, but ultimately I would feel dissatisfied and stagnant after a few years. Realizing that my freelance work wasn’t going to get me where I wanted to go, I made

4 Ways to throw serious fuel on your creative business

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Growing your business – in the busy moments, you don’t have time to think about it, and in the lean times, it’s all you can think about. It’s always somewhere in your consciousness that you need to grow your business, but the question is – how? Here, neatly packaged for you, are some especially pertinent GDB posts from the past few years that will help you answer that very question. We’re going to look at the issue from three different

My secret to making steady money as a freelance designer

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We share tips for making money as a freelancer here at GDB all the time. They include: upselling your design projects, generating passive income, specializing in a particular discipline or skill, and many many more. But there’s one key to making steady money as a freelance designer that I fear I haven’t been very clear about. It’s not that I’m trying to hide anything from you – I want you to be successful too! But it’s something that I have just

How I built a 6-figure freelancing business on Elance

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Earlier today, we posted a different version of this article here at GDB. While we believe the original article delivered some great advice on building a six-figure business on Elance, some of you were concerned that it didn’t go into enough detail. Danny and I immediately jumped on the phone and talked through what we could add to the post to make it as valuable for you as possible. Below is the revised post, which we sincerely hope you will

55+ Questions to ask when designing a logo

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Knowing which questions to ask when designing a logo can be difficult. You don’t want to look stupid by asking the wrong kinds of questions. You don’t want to overwhelm your client by asking too many questions. But if you don’t ask enough of the right questions, you could waste hours designing a logo that doesn’t match what your client is looking for. I’ve been there. It’s not fun. Trust me. Below, to help you start thinking through questions to