When should I start freelancing as a designer and how do I know if I’m ready? Audio interview with Brent Galloway

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Today, we’re joined by freelance designer Brent Galloway in an audio interview. Brent’s a freelancer, a blogger, and is working on some really great new projects, including a new blog for freelancers (details in the audio interview). Here’s just a few things we talk about in this interview: When should I start freelancing as a designer? What holds some designers back from freelancing? Should you go to school before becoming a designer/freelancer? What skills or talents does a person need

4 Easy ways to ask for referrals without asking for referrals

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One of the most common pieces of advice I see freelancers offering other freelancers is “get referrals.” That’s because it is one of the best pieces of advice there is. Referrals are one of the best ways to get new clients. They are a chance at new business, with a warm introduction. Referrals are as good as gold. They can also be very uncomfortable to ask for. Maybe you have clients with friends that you’re dying to work for, but you know

Seriously upgrade your design portfolio site in 20 minutes or less

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Are you one of those designers who uses a web portfolio to show off their work and find new clients? You’re in good company because most designers do the same. And most designers also rely on an analytical tool (like Google Analytics) to tweak their site and find more customers. Sound like you too? But many designers get frustrated and spin their wheels making tiny upgrades to their design portfolio in hopes of higher conversions and more clients with no

How to make client designs more affordable without lowering your price

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In a perfect world, clients would have ample room in their budgets for design work and would happily pay you immediately upon project completion. But who knows if they even have designers in Heaven, so let’s focus on life here on Earth: most clients, especially the start-ups and the entrepreneurs and the small businesses, fit design into their budget begrudgingly. Simply put, the average client wants more work done than they can afford (or believe they can afford). And since

How I built a successful freelance business from literally nothing

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With the new year approaching this is the perfect time to start something new. Something about a fresh start really motivates us to dig into the work we’ve been putting off and take on some new challenges. What better time could there be to start your freelance business? But if you are starting from absolute scratch there is a lot to do. Building a successful graphic design business is a lot of work and just the thought of it can

Two facts that prove you should start freelancing now!

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Ok, I’m calling you out. Why aren’t you freelancing? You know you want to start freelancing, you know you’re talented. So what’s stopping you from freelancing full-time or, at a minimum, on the side of your full-time job? Today, I wanted to share with you two fascinating facts I recently stumbled onto in regards to freelancers and their cubicle counterparts: I discovered them in the book (that I can’t put down) Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port.* 1. Freelancers make more

The golden networking tip most freelancers overlook

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When we as freelance designers think about networking, we generally think about meeting potential clients. However, today we’re going to talk about networking with people who might not be a client (hey, you never know) but can be absolutely essential in improving the quality of your work and increasing your success. And by networking, I don’t mean joining AIGA for the membership card. I mean REALLY networking – feeling comfortable contacting them out of the blue. I’m talking about your

9 habits that will make freelance life hard + 9 counter-habits that will grow your business

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Have you read this book? The highly recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? The actual info on the back says that it’s one of the most influential books ever written. Bold words. Anyway, I actually ordered the book all the way from the UK to have it delivered to my doorstep in Poland (I wanted the original language version instead of the translated stuff, and yes, I prefer real books to Kindle). But why am I even telling