Business tips from 4 creative pros who are crushing it

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As I mentioned before in this post, recently I interviewed 9 amazing veteran freelancers, each on a different challenging topic they have personal experience excelling in. From hiring employees to overcoming self-doubt, here are bits of the wonderful information four of them had to share (more coming soon): On finding your niche and marketing to it Veteran marketing and SEO specialist Becky Livingston (interview here), founder of Penheel Marketing, shares her story about identifying a need in the marketplace and using

What I learned from interviewing 9 successful freelancers

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Think of someone you really admire as a freelancer. Have you ever wished you could just contact them out of the blue and ask permission to question them for 20 minutes on a specific topic they’re really knowledgeable in? Last month, that’s just what I did. I interviewed 9 successful freelancers on topics like: hiring employees overcoming self-doubt working with international clients finding your niche teaching design and much more (Stoked members can listen to them for free as they’re

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

How to start freelancing (finally) and rock at it- Video interview with Jonathan Wold

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It’s a new year again and with many of you wondering if now is the time to start freelancing, or how to take your freelance business to the next level, I’ve got the perfect resource for you! It’s a nearly-forty-minute-long video interview with Jonathan Wold, an amazing, impressive, successful entrepreneur who’s been making a killing as a designer/developer for a while now. In the interview, Jonathan shares his secrets on building a successful freelance business from scratch (and he’s got

Behind the Design Business: Brad Fitzgerald from Apt Design

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Today, we’re excited to debut a new series titled Behind the Design Business. Every now and then, GDB will offer 15 minutes of fame to a growing design business. We ask a series of questions and the responses have been phenomenal. We’ve already learned a lot about running a successful design business, and we know you will too! If you would like to appear in the Behind the Design Business series, submit an application here. Today’s Guest Today’s featured designer

Crowdsourcing behind the scenes: an interview with Adam Schilling from 99Designs

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UPDATE: Adam has kindly informed me that he resigned from his position at 99Designs.com. Although the opinions expressed in this interview were given during Adam’s employment with 99 Designs, he no longer represents the company. Thanks, Adam, for the update. Best of luck to you. Crowdsourcing has been a hot topic lately in the design community. With a lot of designers who enjoy getting paid to do crowdsourcing work, and a lot of designers who classify it as merely spec work,

Top designers discuss why they blog

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This post contains three great resources to help you understand the importance of blogging as a designer: 1. A list of reasons why all designers should blog. [jump there] 2. Opinions from top designers on why they blog. [jump there] 3. Resources to help you start crafting your first blog or make your current blog better. [jump there] The Story Recently I sat down to lunch with a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while. Rob Johnson

Interview with Designer/Blogger Brian Hoff

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I recently had the opportunity to chat with graphic designer/blogger Brian Hoff.  Brian’s blog, the design cubicle recently celebrated some great achievements and I thought it would be a great time to get advice from such a talented and successful designer & blogger. 1. Please tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do. My name is Brian Hoff and I am a graphic designer from Philadelphia. I specialize in identity and logo design, but work