15 Free Tools to Manage Your Freelance Design Business

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

9 tips to be a productive designer while working at home

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Being your own boss is definitely fun. However, one of the greatest downfalls of freelancing is that it can be very easy to become lazy and unproductive without the pressure of having a supervisor. The road from procrastinating to inefficiency is definitely a slippery slope. Today I’d like to give you a 9 tips I found to be useful in boosting productivity when working from home. 1. Comfort can be our biggest enemy Not having the pressure of a boss

Get the design clients you want by defining what you do

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One of the more important things you can do in building your successful freelance design business is to determine exactly the kind of work you want to do, and what you want to accomplish. This may sound obvious, but it’s not always as easy as you might think. As you develop your skills, you may find yourself with the ability to take on work that is outside the scope of what you got into the freelance business for. Extra money

Charging for freelance design: by the hour or per project?

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Have you ever found yourself pulling your hair out over how much to charge for a design project? It can be very frustrating and usually ends up costing you more time (and thus money) than it should. There is some debate on the merits of having an hourly rate that you charge for everything, or setting prices for certain design services and sticking to those. There are definitely pros and cons to both methods, and it really ends up depending