An easy way to find out if you’re passionate enough to freelance

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A few days ago, I started work on the 2013 design for this blog. It’s my first ever attempt at a seriously responsive site design (about time, I know). PS: You can help me test it before it releases by joining GDB insiders on facebook. And last night, after we ate dinner and I spent some time with the family, I found myself really not wanting to go to sleep. It was the usual time I go to bed. I

How safe is your “job security”? Is it time to start freelancing?

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Hands down, the most common reason GDB readers haven’t made the change to start freelancing is because they fear the loss of “job security.” And while I’m a huge advocate of having a day job (only if it adds value to your life and lets you pursue your passions in life…remember, don’t hate freelancers with full-time jobs), I have to wonder why job security seems to be such an issue. I mean, think about it for just a sec: Which

Entrepreneur vs Freelancer – Is there a difference?

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I recently watched a short video on David Siteman Garland’s show, The Rise to the Top in which Seth Godin explains the difference between being a freelancer and being an entrepreneur. Here’s what he said (in essence): The freelancer A freelancer is someone who basically trades hours for money. If I spend a certain number of hours designing a web site, for example, I can then send an invoice to my client for x number of hours. Under this definition,

Why you need a freelance niche today! + how it will help you find more quality clients

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I know what a lot of you who haven’t yet found your niche or who are undecided if you even want a niche were thinking when I recently blogged about finding mine: “I’m not sure finding a niche is a good idea. Won’t that reduce my potential client pool even further?” I know, it sounds like an oxymoron, but narrowing your area of expertise can actually improve your design business and help you find more clients and more highqualityclients. How?

How to get the greatest freelance advice you’ve ever received: tips on learning from the best

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Pretend you’re Saul Bass. You’re one of the most famous designers and filmmakers in history when a young designer approaches you and says, “Mr. Bass, I’m a huge fan of your work and one day I hope to be just like you. Do you have any advice for me?” If you really were Saul Bass, perhaps you’d respond with your most memorable quote, “Symbolize and summarize,”  for this aspiring designer. But think about all the many years of study, the

Why most freelancers are work-aholics (and how to save yourself before it’s too late)

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Here’s the most common path I’ve seen creatives take to freelancing: You’re a work-a-holic at a job you hate You decide to make the switch to freelancing You quit your job, set up your “business” and get started Before your know it, you’re working more than you were at your old job Eventually, the fun and passion of running your own freelance business fizzles out and you’re left with exactly what you had before: work-aholism at job you hate. So

How I found my freelance niche and tips to finding yours

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You’ve all heard the phrase, “if you try to be good at everything, you’ll be excellent at nothing.” But unless you’re one of the lucky ones, finding your niche can be really difficult. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t found yours yet…it took me over 10 years of designing until I found mine. Here at GDB we talk about how finding your niche (or superniche) can be really beneficial for your business. Whether it’s blogging or design work, you can

How your thoughts affect your freelance income

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It’s time for you to get over the idea that creative professionals have to be poor. I know, I know: the world tells you that in order to be successful doing something you love, you have to take a huge hit on your income. Sure, some very famous artists in history had to die before their work was worth anything. I don’t know about you, but I’d like my work to be worth something while I’m still alive and young