Why some freelance designers become rich while others don't

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Take a moment and scan the web for successful freelance designers. I mean financially successful freelance designers. I’m not talking about designers who have a great following on their blog, I’m not even talking about designers who crank out phenomenal work on Dribbble. I’m talking about designers who make more-than-enough money to get them by. Freelance designers who are rich. So why is it that some freelance designers get rich while others barely get by (all under the guise that

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Ten things I’ve learned (so far) about starting a freelance design business

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Over the past few months I’ve been working on getting starting a freelance design business. It’s definitely been a learning experience (in a good way, mostly), and I thought I’d share some tips that I’ve come across. Determining Business Structure There are many structures, but the most common for freelances are Sole Proprietor and LLC. I had a hard time deciding between the two. A Sole Proprietorship is an unincorporated business that you own by yourself. Basically you’re personally responsible

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Designers, stop and think about why you're blogging

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I make an effort to frequently visit the web sites, portfolios, or blogs of people who take time to leave comments here at GDB, follow me on twitter, or ‘like’ GDB on our facebook page. Needless to say, I spend quite a bit of time looking through content that other designers produce. And there has been a common concern that I have experienced nearly every time I visit a designer’s company or personal blog: They don’t seem to think about

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5 MORE Answers to Common Freelance Design Questions [Podcast]

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A few days ago, GDB published an article titled “5 Questions to Common Freelance Design Questions“. This podcast (the first of GDB’s audio podcasts) will elaborate on 5 more common freelance design questions. Have a listen and leave your comments below. The podcast takes about 7 minutes to listen to and contains answers to the following common freelance design questions: How much should I charge? What should I include in my portfolio? Should blogging be an important part of my

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5 Answers to Common Freelance Design Questions

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Not too long ago on twitter (follow me here and GDB here) I asked you what sort of freelance design questions bother you the most. You answered back with an array of questions and I have tried to sum them up below with some solid answers to help you move forward on your freelance journey. I chose the ten most common questions I have heard, but I know there are many more. So after reading through this list of answers

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Defining success as a designer

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Hey fellow designers, are you successful? For some designers, answering this question doesn’t take a second thought. But for others, it’s difficult to define whether or not you consider yourself to be a successful designer. And much of what determines whether or not you feel successful, depends on how you define success. Do you define success by how much money you make from your design projects? How about by the number of clients you have? Is your success based on

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Creative ways to promote your design business with little or no budget

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On the GDB facebook page, I recently asked what sorts of articles you would like to read during the next few months here at the blog. While I plan to write articles for nearly all the responses, one particular response offered by Nina Randone, really caught my attention. Her suggestion? Creative and low budget self-promotion pieces. Thus, this article was born. Today I would like to explore creative ways to promote your design business with little or no budget. Thanks,

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Creating a Healthy Work-Life Balance as a Freelance Designer

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Recently I was in on a roundtable discussion with a bunch of freelancers and we were talking about some of the similar problems we all face. One topic that kept coming up was that many freelancers have a hard time creating a healthy work/life balance. This is a problem many business owners in general have. Your business is yours and as the owner you feel that ultimately the success or failure of the entire business is on your shoulders. This

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