Two critical legal concepts all freelancers have to know to be safe

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Life would be so much easier if all we had to focus on was dropping creative awesomeness on the world, wouldn’t it? Alas, such is the life of a freelance designer…the wearer of many hats. Today’s hat is boring. You’re going to want to gloss over it, skim it briefly and hope the next GDB post is more entertaining. But you really, REALLY, shouldn’t, because today’s post could save you a huge headache. I’m talking brain-splitting migraine – failing to

How to start freelancing (finally) and rock at it- Video interview with Jonathan Wold

It’s a new year again and with many of you wondering if now is the time to start freelancing, or how to take your freelance business to the next level, I’ve got the perfect resource for you! It’s a nearly-forty-minute-long video interview with Jonathan Wold, an amazing, impressive, successful entrepreneur who’s been making a killing as a designer/developer for a while now. In the interview, Jonathan shares his secrets on building a successful freelance business from scratch (and he’s got

What do you want from GDB in 2013? + what’s coming up next year!

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The end of the year is drawing near which always gives me a chance to reevaluate the content we provide here at GDB. It let’s me think about how I can help you more in the coming year than in years past and what’s missing to really make GDB one of the most useful resources for designers, freelancers and entrepreneurs. I know for many of you the new year celebration coming up means delicious food and family time. So I

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