How to give yourself a promotion as a freelancer

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Being a freelancer can be exhilarating. You choose your hours, you call the shots and you work for yourself…. or do you? Take a step back for one moment and think about it. Do you really work for yourself? You may not have to punch a clock for anyone but yourself, you may not have to ask someone else for time off, an extended vacation, or even a pay raise (after all, you could raise your rates tomorrow if you

Why you’re designing for the wrong audience (and how to fix it)

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Do you have a dribble account, share all your work to social networks or constantly ask for critiques of your work from other designers? Non of those things are bad in and of themselves. They could however be symptoms of a much bigger problem. Designing for the wrong audience. We all want to do work we are proud of. Earning praise from other designers, who might offer a more educated opinion, can be especially affirming. However, if you let that

My top 7 secrets on how I run my (super-successful) design business

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This year marks my eleventh year in business. That’s 11 years of solid practice running a design business and figuring out what works… and what doesn’t. Just the other day I had a client say to me “Geez Bianca, you don’t muck around… I bet you’re the type of woman who wears her underpants on the outside.“  I was laughing so hard at the image in my head, that it took me a couple of seconds to figure out what

When should I start freelancing 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? 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 in order to

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

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Fear Design Outsourcing

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It seems I caused a little bit of a stir in my last post when I suggested you could potentially outsource some design tasks to cheaper labour in places like Manilla. I do love a hearty discussion so I thought I’d quickly lay out my top 6 reasons why design outsourcing isn’t something to be feared. I’d love to hear what you think! Sites like Fiverr are your resource as much as anyone’s. Same goes for eLance or oDesk. Sure, they

Stoked is officially open! Claim one of 100 spots this month.

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After months and months of work, the brand new GDB community, Stoked, is finally here! At Stoked, we’re trying to build the best community for fueling your design business and really getting excited about the work you do as a freelance designer. Want interviews from designers who are running successful businesses? Stoked has it. Want to network with designers and freelancers around the world? Maybe form a mastermind group? Stoked is for you. How about free ebooks and exclusive articles? Stoked. Want

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

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