GDB is five! And we’ve got 5 fantastic birthday giveaways

GDB is five

A couple months ago, I was totally taken by surprise when I realized that GraphicDesignBlender.com turned five years old! In the Spring (U.S.) of 2009, I bought the domain and started writing. And now, five years later, here we all are. In the last five years, GDB has grown from one writer to a team of amazing and talented writers. We’ve gone from zero community to a group of well-rounded, super smart, entertaining readers who are doing amazing things in

6 Places to find creative inspiration without wifi

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Designers and freelancers in general need a little help staying inspired from time to time. We all have places we like to browse while brainstorming; you never know what’s going to spark the perfect idea for you. The internet is a wonderful resource for creative inspiration. It gives you access to more information in one place than any other medium. It also has a huge flaw. It’s home to more distractions than any other form of inspiration. Because so many

How to keep your best clients coming back (three easy tips)

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There are probably some things you do to say “thank you” to all of your clients: send them holiday greetings, thank them for their business, and maybe even provide a small referral discount. But what about those clients that are really awesome? I’m talking about your favorite clients…the ones with fun projects who you really enjoy working with (and pay on time!). How to you keep your best clients coming back? How do you provide that intangible asset that gives

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

Get better freelance work by defining your “dream client”

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Everyone wants to work with their dream clients, myself included. That’s why I recently decided, if I want to work with my dream clients I need to know who they are, or at the very least, define the qualities I would like in them. That way I can work toward my goal. My first instinct was to list lots of high profile clients. The ones that would obviously have all of the money and who’s creative work is sure to

The secret to finding clients you actually want to work with

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If I asked the GDB community which clients they’d most prefer to have, I’m guessing 99% of you would say, “the ones that pay.” (Or some derivative of that.) Am I right? However, just because a client pays well and pays on time doesn’t mean they aren’t a stressful, rude, big pain in the neck to work with. So how do you find clients that you actually want to work with? Follow these tips… Know thyself You can’t know if

It’s here! ‘How Much Should I Charge?': new ebook bundle for freelancers and creative pros

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It’s finally here! Today, we’re releasing April Greer’s all-new ebook bundle How Much Should I Charge? A simple guide to getting paid what you deserve. And, in case you missed the post last week, we’re giving away a FREE Skype session with author April Greer to one lucky person who pre-ordered or who buys the book during launch week (3/17-3/24)! UPDATE: Due to popular request, we’ve added a second buying option for those of you who want to use PayPal

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