The ultimate list of mobile business apps for freelance designers

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Being a freelancer you’re able to work anywhere you choose, and sometimes you can’t always be tied down to your home setup – but with the help of your mobile device(s), you can work virtually anywhere! Whether you’re going on vacation, riding the train, or sitting in a coffee shop – your freelance business doesn’t have to be put on hold. Aside from the regular social media apps almost all of us already have installed (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), here

Should designers work for free?

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Freemium. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a business model (term coined by Chris Anderson in The Long Tail) where you offer part of your services for free and encourage your customers to upgrade to a premium (paid) version. If you use Hulu, Pandora, LinkedIn, or even Dribbble, then you’re familiar with the model. And it may be tempting to consider a freemium model for your design business. After all, you could design a logo or layout a web

The power of side-projects for creative freelancers

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Late last year I made the effort to set aside time at least once a week to work on side projects. During this time, I have learned and grown so much in my design career just from making the time to start. I think you should consider doing the same! Set aside time to work on your own side projects today! There are many reasons for a self-employed creative to work on a side project. It’s a good way to

Get more out of Dribbble: 55 Freelancers, designers, and entrepreneurs you should follow

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In case you’ve been living under a proverbial rock for the last few years, Dribbble is a website that allows for designers, illustrators, typographers, iconographers, and almost everybody else to show their work and get feedback. There’s only one catch: the “shots” need to be a small size to show only the details, not the whole work. It’s an interesting take on displaying work and facilitates some great discussions. Luckily, there are numerous talented freelancers on Dribbble that can inspire

What if I told you freelancers have no weaknesses?

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Your response to this question is more important than you’d think, “what are your weaknesses?” It could possibly cost you that new position or potential client relationship! Answer this silently in your head right now… What are your weaknesses?  • • • I hope you answered wisely, because to your potential employers and clients you shouldn’t have any. And what if I told you that you actually don’t have any weaknesses?… You don’t have any weaknesses Flashback to when I was

6 advanced business terms all freelancers should know (or risk looking stupid)

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Earlier this year I wrote a post about the 9 business terms all freelance designers must know to succeed. I received a lot of great feedback from the GDB community begging for more advanced terms. So, of course, I just had to oblige. Here are some more advanced business terms to help your business grow (and to sound brilliant at your next networking mixer). Opportunity Cost The cost of the next best alternative that must be forgone in order to

4 small yet vital details you can’t afford to miss when starting your freelance business

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When you’re striking out on your own as a freelancer, there’s a lot to handle. You have to get your web presence going, build a business plan and a marketing plan, reach out to potential clients, and update your software. And that’s the obvious part. But what about the smaller details? Neglecting the little things can come back to bite you later, so today, take caution and read through these 4 small yet vital details you may have overlooked when

How NOT to act when your client asks for revisions

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A note from Preston: This is possibly one of the most important blog posts I have ever written. I didn’t mean for it to be, but by the time I was finished, I realized how insanely important this message is. Please take time to really read it (or at least bookmark it for later) and if you agree that the message is super-important, please tell anyone you know who needs to hear it. As always, thank you and I hope