Find time in your busy schedule with this ONE mental shift

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How many times have you made this excuse? I would love to work on <insert side project>, but I just don’t have time. I used to say this too (more than I’d like to admit), but worse, I used to believe it. “But April,” you’re thinking, “it really is true!” I know. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that you’re out of control of all the varied obligations placed upon you in both your personal and professional

No one taking you seriously? Here’s how to position yourself as an expert for massive credibility and respect

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Back in the early days of our creative marketing business, Clients from Hell was a gift from the universe. It kept me sane, reading all of those stories from fellow comrades in arms. Now, however, I have a much different take on that site and others like it. What I once saw as a safe haven of a website where I could cope with the “realities” of our industry I now see as a place packed with professionals who just

The two biggest differences between university and freelancing and how to succeed in the transition

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Thank you for applying; we went with someone more experienced. I heard that plenty coming straight out of college, and I bet you have, too. With today’s job market, recent and upcoming college grads are increasingly looking toward freelancing to follow their design dreams. But surviving as a freelancer requires a different set of skills than getting that high mark in design class, and most students find that their education didn’t prep them for the freelancing world ahead. Luckily, here

Grow or stay small? 5 Essential questions all freelancers should ask

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Grow or Stay Small

Do you ever sit back and wonder what you ultimately want from your design business? What does it look like 10 years from now? Staff, money, cars, house, turnover, clients, holidays, boats, helicopters, happiness and the list goes on. I’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster lately, not by choice I can assure you. But it’s made me ponder what I actually really want from my business and my life. I found that it’s so easy to get

Clients killing you? How to shatter negativity in 5 seconds flat

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Let’s be honest, running a successful design business can be stressful. Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE my job. I love my business. And I know there’s a good chance you also love what you do. But sometimes that really challenging client with their 66th logo revision and unrealistic turnaround times does start to get under your goat and your ‘happy tank’ starts to get a little low on juice. There’s one thing you could do which helps me through

15 Workflow tips that took my design business to the next level

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As busy freelancers, time is one of your most valuable assets. The more time you can save, the more money you can make. However; you can’t just spend less time on your client work and let the quality suffer, so how do you save time? The key is workflow. The more efficient your workflow the more client work you can get done. By streamlining the entire process, you can be sure that all of your time spent will have huge

Experiencing a freelancing time crunch? Avoid panic with these tips

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No matter how well you plan, some weeks it seems like every client needs something and you’re left wondering when you’re going to sleep. Maybe everyone wants their project finished before an upcoming holiday or perhaps you’re taking a long weekend at the beach (Yes, freelancers CAN go on vacation) and all of your projects have last-minute revisions before you leave. It’s easy to get panicky during these times. Your brain starts spinning, your stomach gets anxious butterflies, and you

Should freelancers work directly with clients or hire a middle man?

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Some may call it the lazy way to freelance, but I like to think of it as a way to focus your time on the projects instead of looking for them. First off – if you’re unfamiliar with what (or who) a middleman is; it’s a person who arranges and deals between the producer (freelancer) and consumer (the actual client). Think of your middleman client as an ultimate referral: they’re marketing your services for you, and if things go well,

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