4 ways designers can survive in a world where “everybody is a designer”

Everyone a designer

It seems like everybody now has a copy of Photoshop, Illustrator or some form of design software. The internet has made once exclusive design tools accessible to everyone. It’s not hard to imagine that people might start to ask themselves why they would pay you to do something they could do at home. Technology seems to act as the great equalizer. If everyone has the same tools to work with, designers have to offer something that people can’t do themselves.

Q&A: What to do when a freelance client treats you like an employee

Today, in the first episode of our Q&A series, I tackle a question I hear pretty frequently: “How do I handle a freelance client who treats me like an employee?” If you’re reading this post in an RSS reader or email, click here to view the video. Leave a comment here.

4 tips for finally getting paid + how to handle invoice disputes the right way

finally getting paid

“Well, maybe just one more day to see if they pay.” Have you ever said this to yourself? (I have.) One of the most troublesome parts of freelancing is invoicing and collecting payment. Nobody likes to be the bill collector, but sometimes it has to be done – and as freelancers, we get to wear that hat, too. If you’re anything like me, you know that anxious knot that forms in your stomach when you expect a battle over a

Do long-term goals scare or motivate you as a freelancer?

long term goals

I’m about to share a secret with you. Something you probably don’t know (or expect) about me: Long-term goals scare me. Yep. I’m a huge proponent of short-term goals. I wake up every morning reviewing my short term goals in my mind. I live and die by them. And I (mostly) rock my short-term goals. Why I’m afraid of long-term goals I know, I know. It’s crazy talk. How can any entrepreneur, blogger, freelancer, whatever be afraid of long-term goals?

Three lies that scare freelancers into being average

lies that make freelancers average

Do you feel like your work isn’t good enough? Rates too low because you’re afraid clients won’t pay more? Afraid to contact your dream client because you don’t feel like you’re ready? I’ve had those feelings before. Most of us have. It’s natural to feel insecure at times. As a freelancer you have to live with those feelings and not be afraid to learn from your mistakes. Let’s take a look at just a few different types of insecurities that

6 Time-saving tools and references every web designer should bookmark

time savers graphic design blender

Remember when you took tests in school and they required you to memorize everything? It was frustrating, wasn’t it? You knew that in the “real world,” you’d simply look up that formula you only needed to know once every 3 months or so. That’s why I’ve compiled a handy go-to set of web design tools and references – so I don’t have to remember every single obscure detail (or the awesome website that I found it on). Hopefully the list

How to start freelancing without quitting your day job (yet)

how to start freelancing

We always hear about the freelancing vs. working for someone else argument. But why are the two ideas always mutually exclusive? I know tons of freelancers who started freelancing on the side of a full-time job and once ends could meet without the job, they ditched the cubicle and made the switch to freelance. But I also know freelancers who started taking some work on the side and realized they hated freelancing. Imagine if they hadn’t tried it first. My

A 30-minute exercise that will make any entrepreneur less stressed, tired and crazy

relax

Entrepreneurs are crazy. And I mean that in a good way. We’re the hustlers of the world. We wake up early to work on our passions. We lay awake at night thinking about our goals. While the rest of the world is sleeping, we’re busy planning our “overnight success.” We think big. Sometimes, if we’re not careful, all of our big thinking and overachieving can come with a hefty price. Most entrepreneurs are exhausted, frazzled, and stressed about their business.