Don’t create another job for yourself: Freelancing means freedom!

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There’s a reason I love freelancing and entrepreneurship. It’s not the money (although that’s nice). It’s not the fame. (Wait, who is this guy?) It not that I am my own boss. (Sometimes that’s more work than you’d think.) It’s the freedom. Months when I want to make more money, I can work harder and spend more time on my businesses. But months when I want to spend more time with my wife and 2-year-old son, I can do that

What’s the magic number of design proofs your clients get?

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How many of your clients absolutely must make a change, no matter how minor (or just to decide that they like yours better) on EVERY project? Most of them, right? Mine too. Give ‘Em What They Want… People, including your clients, like having options. They like making decisions, giving input, and feeling like they’ve contributed to a project. So present multiple proofs and reap these benefits: Take the project in several directions simultaneously Get past the obvious (and often mediocre)

Think BIG

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Last Friday I was one of many speakers at a Communication Conference at my Alma Mater. Having graduated less than two years ago from the school, it was wonderful to go back and visit with faculty and students. In addition to being a presenter, I also had a chance to be an observer–a student again. And I learned some really cool things from some excellent people. There’s one lesson that I took away from the entire day of presentations as

The best blogging advice I ever received and how it transformed my blog

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How many of you blog? I know a lot of you do. And I know that blogging can be a huge part of building your design business too. Not too long ago, one of you asked me what the best piece of business advice I ever received was (see my answer here). And today, I’d like to share with you the best blogging advice I ever received and tell you the story of how it transformed this blog. Just over

What should you get paid on your first freelance project?

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So you’re ready to freelance huh? You’ve got your web site up. You’ve got some school projects in your portfolio. You’re ready to start calling clients and pitching your services. So what’s stopping you? If you’re like a lot of designers I talk to regularly, you don’t know how much to charge for your first freelance project. The most common deterrant Believe it or not, I think this is one of the most common reasons freelance designers don’t take the

Is your location killing your freelance business?

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One of the beautiful things about being a freelance designer is the freedom to live where you want, be it within walking distance of the ocean, near family, or three floors above the most awesome coffee shop downtown. But does location matter? Are freelancers elsewhere enjoying more business success due to their location? Would your business benefit from moving? Whether you’re enjoying a steady stream of work or hoping for that next client, answer the questions below to determine whether

Freelancing is tough. Are you ready for it?

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One of the most important, overlooked aspects of owning your own design business is preparation for the inevitable rainy day. What would you do if something happened and you needed to take some time off? If you can’t pay your upcoming mortgage? If you realize you aren’t able to survive solely as a freelance designer? Today I’ve got three solid tips for ensuring you can survive those lean months, unplanned expenditures, or unexpected life events. Save. Save. Save. When business

8 tips for freelancing from home without ignoring your kids

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Today is an unusual day for me. I’m working from home. As many of you know, I’m not a full-time always-work-from-home freelance designer. I have a full time job too. (Don’t hate me, remember?) But today, I’m working from home. All day. It’s bringing back some memories of when I first started freelancing and I spent the entire day working from home. And being home with my wonderful wife and adorable baby boy reminded me of a question posted as