Don’t hate freelancers with full-time jobs

JOB

If you’ve followed the blog for very long, you know that I used to exclusively work as a freelance designer until about a year ago when I got a full-time job working in marketing. Since that time, I’ve had a lot of people who have wondered what advice I can offer since I’m not a “real freelancer.” Today, I advocate an anti-hate campaign for all you freelancers out there who also have full-time jobs. Guess what: I love my full-time

Where all the great design clients are hiding (Shh, don't tell anyone)

Have you ever beat your head against a wall after getting off the phone with one of those clients who just really gets on your nerves? You know the kind of client I’m talking about. And we’ve all had them before. In fact, if you’ve ever (like me) found yourself thinking “Where are all the great design clients?” then don’t worry, you’re not alone. Finding clients is tough… But finding great clients is even harder. It’s much easier to settle

Is being a freelance designer worth it?

Someone asked me recently if all the work and stress that goes into being a freelance designer is worth it. (Before I jump too far into this post, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment and answer the question: ‘Is freelance designing worth it?’) It’s worth what you make of it My answer to this concerned designer about to make the switch to freelancing: you get out of it what you put into it. If you’re looking

15 Free Tools to Manage Your Freelance Design Business

Managing a freelance design business takes a lot of work. A freelance designer has to manage their projects, their clients, their files, and many more. It’s a lot to do for one person. There are many ways you can manage your freelance design business, such as hiring a virtual assistant or investing in expensive software, but as freelancers, we are on a limited to budget. Luckily, there are many free tools you can use today to manage your business. Take

My secret to making steady money as a freelance designer

I share money-making tips 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 money 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 kindof been doing all along and never really thought

Freelancing Advice from 6 Very Successful Designers

A while back, I was talking with fellow designers from my college while working on a freelance project. Knowing about my freelance business, they began to ask questions about freelancing – what to expect, how to get clients, and how they could make money with their design skills? They all expressed interest in freelancing, but were scared to make the jump. Only three years ago, I was asking the same questions. I wanted to freelance, but I had no prior

The freelancer's plateau (and how to overcome it)

In the career of every freelance designer comes a plateau; a moment when you simply can’t make any more money because you don’t have any more time to give to your business. This has always been the inherent problem with freelance designing: no matter how hard you work, there are only 24 hours in a day. Once you max out your hours, you can’t make more money without raising your rates. If you haven’t hit this plateau yet, you will.

5 Things a Design Agency Looks for when Hiring Freelancers

The life of a freelance designer is rewarding. You make your own hours, choose your clients, and have the kind of autonomy most people dream about. But it’s not all roses and champagne. The myth of the freelancer working with their brand new MacBook Pro on a beach in peru is…well…a myth. You might have long droughts without work, or a spat of difficult clients. One of the best ways to balance the freelance lifestyle is to build relationships with