What designers with endless clients and referrals do but you don’t (yet)

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Here at GDB we talk a lot about how to convince your design clients to hire you again (and again and again and again). We’ve talked about upselling your next design project and when the right time is to ask for referrals. But what if you didn’t have to do any convincing? What if your clients called you “their favorite call of the week?” You might say you’ve died and gone to freelancer heaven. All right here on Earth. And guess

Announcing Stoked: throw fuel on your design business + win a free 1-year subscription

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Today, I’m over-the-top excited to announce one of the biggest developments at Design Blender in a long time! We’re announcing the release of Stoked our upcoming design community built to help you throw fuel on your design business. You may remember me talking about GDBPro last year. This post will cover why GDBPro has now become Stoked PLUS how you can win one free year of access to all the content Stoked has to offer. Keep reading for your chance to win! What Stoked is (what it

Confession: I’m a web designer. I outsourced my HTML. Here’s what I learned.

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I’ve been designing web sites for almost a decade. I love web design. I stay up late designing web sites. I thrive on learning cool new techniques and get a rush every time I update a page’s source code and click refresh. Every…single…time. It’s an addiction. (Maybe you’re addicted too?) So, strictly from a passion perspective, I would never outsource the coding of a web site. Plus, I’ve written about outsourcing design services here at the blog before. Frankly, there were a lot of people

Why you don’t need a revolutionary idea to start a business

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Are you sitting around waiting for the next big idea to pop in your head before you start your business? Maybe you sit on the couch on Friday Nights watching Shark Tank on television and thinking to yourself: “Gee, if I only had an idea that was as amazing as that one…then I could start the business of my dreams.” The truth of the matter is, you don’t need a completely revolutionary idea in order to start a business. • • •

Should you charge your client for your learning time?

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Have you ever had a client ask you to do something outside of your realm of expertise? Maybe they want some extensive customization to their WordPress theme. Or a fillable PDF form that calculates based on user input. Or some major Photoshopping on a particular image. Whatever it is, you know you’re going to have to improve your skill set to complete the project. And that’s going to take more than just an extra hour of time. But you’re feeling

The ultimate guide to escaping the “hours for dollars” trap

The ultimate guide to escaping the “hours for dollars” trap

My first business was in manufacturing. I was 10. I used to make all sorts of dazzling arts and crafts and sell them at the local Sunday markets. I remember the table being so huge I could barely see over top of it to talk to my customers; then again, everything seems huge when you’re 3 feet tall. By the end of each market day, I’d pack up what was left, assess the best sellers, count my earnings and go

How I built a successful freelance business from literally nothing

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With the new year approaching this is the perfect time to start something new. Something about a fresh start really motivates us to dig into the work we’ve been putting off and take on some new challenges. What better time could there be to start your freelance business? But if you are starting from absolute scratch there is a lot to do. Building a successful graphic design business is a lot of work and just the thought of it can

How to thank your best clients this year (without going broke)

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Can you believe it’s already December? If you’re like me, you’re scrambling to put together something for your best clients in time for the holidays. But what to do? And how can you afford it – December generally being a slower month for designers* (and generally more expensive in our personal lives)? You’re in luck…I’ve done the research for you. (If only all research included scouring Pinterest!) Here are a number of fun, crafty, tasty, and most importantly inexpensive holiday

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