Getting a response: 6 tips on working with tremendously busy clients

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Every freelancer has probably met a client who is extremely busy. This so-called busy client is an individual who has contacted you seeking for your services. Not only does he know what he wants, he is also conscious about the benefits that your services will bring to his business. Describing this client, you may think that he is ready to buy your services, but if he is tremendously busy, even contacting you back can be impossible sometimes. You did it

The golden networking tip most freelancers overlook

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When we as freelance designers think about networking, we generally think about meeting potential clients. However, today we’re going to talk about networking with people who might not be a client (hey, you never know) but can be absolutely essential in improving the quality of your work and increasing your success. And by networking, I don’t mean joining AIGA for the membership card. I mean REALLY networking – feeling comfortable contacting them out of the blue. I’m talking about your

9 habits that will make freelance life hard + 9 counter-habits that will grow your business

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Have you read this book? The highly recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? The actual info on the back says that it’s one of the most influential books ever written. Bold words. Anyway, I actually ordered the book all the way from the UK to have it delivered to my doorstep in Poland (I wanted the original language version instead of the translated stuff, and yes, I prefer real books to Kindle). But why am I even telling

The income-boosting question freelancers forget to ask

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With the end of the year coming up, we’re all trying to find ways to boost income, hit our 2013 financial goals, and maybe find a little Holiday bonus for ourselves. But boosting your freelance income could be as simple as one question you may not be asking yourself. This question is something you can ask at any moment. It will completely change the trajectory of your freelance business. And, even though you should have asked this question before you

4 Reasons why every freelancer should work at least one “desk job”

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When I left college, I had no idea how printing presses worked. I didn’t understand why people judged me for how I looked and not what I knew. I knew no one in the design industry except the on-campus staff and students I worked with, and I sure as heck didn’t want one of those crappy, entry-level, junior designer jobs. And then I got my first real design job at a vitamin manufacturing company…as explained by my supervisor, more of

10 mind-shifts you MUST have today to be a successful and happy freelancer

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Stop beating yourself up over little things. Realize that you’re good enough. And acknowledge that your work is worth paying for. These are just a few of the key mind-shifts you’ll need to have if you’re truly going to thrive as a freelancer. Below, you’ll find ten mind-shifts you must have (about your clients, about your work, about your rates, and about your business) if you truly want to be successful. If I’ve left anything out, please let me know

Nailing it the first time: how to dramatically improve your design drafts

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Accepting a first draft can save you a great deal of time and energy when you are working to a deadline or have other designs that you should be working on. Bbut to accept a draft and develop the perfect graphics first time you must first ensure that you are taking into consideration these essential tips so that you can improve your draft and create an impeccable design, the very first time. Step 1 – The Design Brief To create

Get paid faster: the best options for getting paid as a freelancer (with fewer fees)

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Recently we received the following question about accepting payments from a GDB reader planning his freelancing debut: Would you recommend I set up a credit card service to receive payments through my future website or is this unnecessary? Is check still the best way to go? These days there are lots of ways to accept payment and the services that make it simple all want a portion of your profits. But all that paperwork nonsense is nonexistent. So here’s a