Why you’re still not freelancing and how to make the switch today

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A lot of GDB readers I talk to say something like: “I’ve been getting ready to make the switch to freelancing for months now, and I think I’m almost ready to take the leap.” Today, I want to crush all the excuses you’ve been making (maybe some you don’t even realize you’re making) so that you can literally make the switch to freelancing today! If you agree with this post, give it a tweet and help save all the “wish-I-were-a-freelancer”s

What separates good designers from great entrepreneurs (which are you?)

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Since I am a designer, I’m not afraid to make the following statement: Designers are a dime a dozen. There are millions of us. Some of us are good at what we do, some are pretty mediocre, and other are just terrible. But if a potential client only cares about price, it’s not hard to get undercut by someone who charges pennies on the dollar compared to your rates. The problem And the problem is, you can’t always compete on

Should freelancers work directly with clients or hire a middle man?

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Some may call it the lazy way to freelance, but I like to think of it as a way to focus your time on the projects instead of looking for them. First off – if you’re unfamiliar with what (or who) a middleman is; it’s a person who arranges and deals between the producer (freelancer) and consumer (the actual client). Think of your middleman client as an ultimate referral: they’re marketing your services for you, and if things go well,

How I beat out a brick and mortar agency with a killer proposal

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Sounds kind of epic: a single freelancer working from home wins a client over a big agency working in a local brick and mortar location, just by providing a killer design proposal. Believe me – it’s possible, because I did it! There’s so much a client can benefit from working with a single freelancer over an agency, and you just have to know how to present yourself as the best option. You do that by offering more than just a

The real truth about finding more freelance design work

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One of the biggest struggles in freelancing has to be finding more freelance design work when your client pool starts to dwindle. If you’re like me, you’ve probably read countless blog posts on the subject. I still find myself every now and then when times are tough making that search into Google – hoping that I’ll find a new and secret way of finding more freelance design work. The real truth is, I already know everything there is to finding

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