How to cut the baggage of low-paying clients and get more high-paying ones

When you’re first starting out as a freelancer, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of offering discounts, cutting rates, or doing work completely free. Even as a seasoned freelancer, if you’re not careful, you might end up using pricing as a way to ‘close the deal’ with a potential client. And after a few years of offering deals, giving out discounts, and cutting rates, many freelancers are weighed down with the baggage of clients who don’t pay well

What to do when your client is afraid of contracts

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I was recently working on landing a new client that I was excited to work with. Everything went great, they accepted my quote, they sent a great creative brief and it looked like everything was going to go smoothly. When it came time to make it official I sent my normal working contract over to them to have a look at and make sure they agreed to my terms. It’s a short contract that covers the basics; deposit up front,

Win our new ebook bundle + video call with April Greer + bonus book

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At GDB, we’re committed to providing amazing content to help freelancers at all levels escape agency life and build a business you love. We especially love tackling your tough questions, and there may be no tougher aspect of freelancing than determining what you should charge. That’s why I spent the better part of a year developing How Much Should I Charge, GDB’s all-new eBook bundle! A note from Preston: This is perhaps the best ebook we’ve released to date here

5 Super Fun (and Easy) Marketing Tips for Your Design Business

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When you decide go freelance you have to do more than just design. You have to run your business. I won’t lie, running a design business can be tough, but it can be a lot of fun too. Now, I’m not just talking about the fun of hearing a client go ‘oooh’ when they see your gorgeous comp. I’m talking about the fun can be had with that little thing called… marketing. When I started off I needed clients desperately, but I hated

Using a media kit to get more freelance business, better referrals, and more publicity

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Traditionally a press kit, or media kit, is a pre-packaged set of promotional materials of a person or company that can be distributed to members of the media for promotional use. As a designer this might seem like something you would be more likely to design for a client than need for yourself. I have to admit it’s not common. In fact, it’s something I’ve never even heard other designers talk about. Since the idea first came to me, I

Why you’re getting responsive design all wrong (and 8 ways to rock mobile)

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Remember those silly mobile themes that used to be popular a couple of years ago? You know what I’m talking about… Awful, ain’t it? This is beyond me … why would anyone put such a thing on their site? There’s no branding whatsoever, it’s ugly, and gives you no continuity across various platforms. In other words, if someone visited your site on mobile and then on desktop, they wouldn’t be able to guess it’s the same site. Thankfully, those mobile

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