17 Tips for Effective Freelance Business Planning

Freelancing can be a tough business, regardless of in which field you are attempting to freelance. Like a regular business, there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind; some of these tips can make your business venture a smoother transition, and some will just make your life easier in the long run. The following list are seventeen things to avoid doing prior to starting freelancing, which will make for a much more effective business endeavor. 1. Do

Why designers should consider tolerating spec work

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Spec Work has always been a controversial subject in the world of design. Why should you work with no guarantee of getting paid? Many designers claim that it signals the end of the industry. To me, however, it’s the future of the industry. What is Spec Work? Spec work, or speculative work, to refer to its full name, is the process of doing design work with no contract or any guarantee of getting paid – If the client likes it,

What’s really keeping you from freelancing?

I‘ve been there before. You wake up every morning, dreading the day ahead of you. You drag yourself into work, find a pile of sticky notes on your desk, make it through lunch, and work through the afternoon looking at the clock every 30 minutes. Every day on the drive home you think to yourself, “Man, I should really quit and just start my own business”. While I am a big fan of a steady job, sometimes freelancing can be

How to write blog posts that designers actually want to read

In the relatively short amount of time I have been blogging about design, I have been asked some version of the following question multiple times:   “What are the best kinds of design articles to write?” I can understand the motivation behind the question. The more designers read your blog posts, the more influence you have in the design community, and the closer you get to achieving whatever goals you have for your design blog and design business. Whether you

Are you taking enough time to build your design business?

Not long ago, I read the E-Myth Revisited (affiliate link), a phenomenal book about entrepreneurship. One of the most life-changing (or I guess you could say business-changing) concepts understood from the book was the importance taking time to build your business. Many entrepreneurs spend too much time working in their business instead of working on their business. This article will explore the best ways to build your design business while still finding time to do what you enjoy most: designing.

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

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

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

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.