11 ways to grow your design business in less than an hour

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Whether you are working as a freelance designer, in a design firm, or otherwise, it’s important to be able to help your design business grow on a regular basis. But let’s face it, marketing your design business frequently becomes the “project you’ll get to when you have time”. Since no one is directly paying you for the time you spend building your business, it often gets pushed aside. This article covers 11 simple tips that can build your design business

12 tips for a less-stressful designer lifestyle

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Who would have ever thought that something you love so much (designing) could stress you out so much? There a lot of aspects of being a designer that can be stressful: harsh deadlines, difficult clients or art directors, a sharp learning curve, ever-changing technology and more. This article will address some of the best ways to deal with the stress you feel as a designer and also reduce your stress as much as possible. 1. Identify what is stressing you

3 reasons to think twice before offering free design services

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Starting out as a new designer, many are tempted to offer their services for free in order to branch out and develop an audience for your work. However, with the Freemium notion, comes the adverse reaction to offering your services for free. I have been a designer for quite sometime and I have seen both sides to the free services concept. I decided to share with you some of the negative impacts associated with offering free design services upfront. 1.

Getting paid: A designer’s two-minute guide to invoicing

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Many freelancer designers seem to shy away or delay the process of invoicing a client after a project is completed. Somehow this same notion is shared by the client when it comes to paying-they shy away from it. Admittedly, invoicing is no easy task, especially when it comes to collecting a late payment, but it’s time for designers everywhere to be more bold in requesting payment for their work completed. We all have had invoices that were either ignored or

If crowdsourcing sites really cared about designers…

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It’s a well-known fact: the question of using crowdsourcing sites like 99Designs.com (←link to a GDB interview with 99Designs) or Crowdspring.com is always a hot topic in the design community. When it comes to this issue, I have to admit I have always been somewhat of a fence-sitter. So I decided learn for myself what all the hype was about. Why do so many designers swear by these sites as a great way to find design clients while other designers

How to find design clients

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One of the hardest tasks that freelance designers face is that of keeping their client pool thriving. Aside from the clients who come back asking for more, a lot of times, you complete a job for a client and they move on. They leave you with an empty spot in your schedule and, unless you fill it quickly, that means lost income for you. Recently, I posted an open-ended article here on GDB asking readers how to find design clients

OPEN DISCUSSION: How do you find new freelance design clients?

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Recently, I have had a lot of people ask me to provide suggestions on finding new freelance design clients. Whether you are a newcomer to the freelance-design field or you just need to give your client pool a boost, there are many ways to find new freelance clients. I would like to change things up just a little and leave this topic up for open discussion. Surely many of you have great questions or tips that you would like to

7 Golden rules of finding freelance design work

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GUEST ARTICLE by Jay Kaushal–If you would like to write for GDB, contact me. Web and graphic Designers put many years into learning and mastering the skills they need to succeed. When just starting out, they have to go through many difficult situations. Potential employers require a portfolio and prefer someone with working experience. The firm or company knows you are a new-comer and need a break. So the classic catch-22 situation continues endlessly. When you have not worked anywhere