How to make your home office a sanctuary (and never rent office space again!)

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When you’re stuck in a cubicle, all you can dream about is the freedom of working from home. Your own office, your own tools, your own decor…oh, it’s simply glorious! Then real life smacks you in the face: you’re distracted by a steady stream of interruptions, your backside hurts from sitting on your hard kitchen chair all day, and someone moved those notes that you absolutely must have for your client meeting. But before you justify the financial burden of

50+ entrepreneurs and freelancers you should follow on twitter today!

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As a freelancer, Twitter is an important resource. It allows freelancers to share with other connect with each other, share things that inspire us, motivate us, and help us to succeed. For those who are looking to connect with other freelancers on twitter, here is a list of 50 awesome entrepreneurs, freelancers and creative business people to follow this year! (PS: Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post sharing your twitter handle so we can all connect with

Is there “big money” to be made as a freelance designer?

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Late last year a reader reached out to me with doubts about staying in the graphic design industry. He tried researching various aspects of being a freelance graphic designer, but struggled to find the information that he wanted to hear – the information that stated how graphic designers can make “big money”. If you were to look at some high paying professions like being a movie star, lawyer or something in the medical field – they have the potential to

When and how you should turn down a project that’s not for you

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As a freelancer just starting out, or even one who’s been doing this for a while, you might be inclined to say “yes” to every project and client that comes your way. But believe it or not, there might come a time where you’d be better off saying “no.” Now you might be thinking… Why would I ever turn down a project? That’s a relationship and money I’d be saying no to! In reality not every project is for you,

Why most freelancers never reach their dreams

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A note from Preston: Hey everyone, today I am excited to announce that Brent Galloway is joining the official writing staff for GraphicDesignBlender.com! Brent has written a lot of great content in the past and offered a fantastic post here at GDB just a matter of months ago. I’m excited to have him join our team! As a freelance designer, Brent will bring some excellent experiences, solutions, and advice to our conversations. After reading his post today, be sure to

If this was my last blog post ever…

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This last week was an interesting one for me as the owner/founder of this blog. Why? Because someone with a pretty fat wallet contacted me and we discussed the option of selling this site. After a lot of discussion, we decided not to go through with the deal (for a lot of reasons) and I’m happy to say I’ll be here at GDB for the foreseeable future! But it got me thinking about what I would say if I had

How to deal with high-maintenance clients (and not ruin the relationship!)

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Have you ever had one of those clingy clients that calls daily? Twice daily? Sunday afternoon? Do you save their number in your phone just so you can press “ignore” when you see them calling (for the third time in two days)? If you haven’t, you’re lucky! (If you have, leave a comment on this post telling us about your clingy client experience!) Clingy clients, as I call them, are a huge distraction. Not only are you taken away from

Where will I see you in 6 months?

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If you’re anything like me, you probably set a lot of goals. If you’re running your own business, you simply have to. But it seems like the more I talk with people, the more I learn that they set goals for one week from now or one month from now. And I personally believe that’s why many goals we set fall through: we don’t step back and look at the big picture. Let me illustrate Take the following goal for