Why most freelancers have less free time than their cubicle counterparts (and how to fix it)

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As I’ve interacted with many of you here at the blog, I’ve been shocked to learn than many full-time freelancers actually have less free time in their days and weeks than many of you who work full-time somewhere else and still manage to pull off a part-time freelance business. Whenever I ask about it, the answers are always the same: everything from “It takes a lot of time to manage a business” to “Business must be good if I’ve got

Four brilliant ways to handle client changes you don’t want to make

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Let’s say you’ve spent hours on designing a website mockup for a new client, only to have a huge list of changes sent back that will for sure ruin your work. Have you ever dealt with a client situation like this? It could be a simple color change that doesn’t go well together, or they may want to have you add an audio clip that automatically plays over their website. I’ve dealt with a some situations like that… it was

What freelancing is not

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There are a lot of stigmas about what freelancing is like. Blogs like this one tell you about how to start a freelance business, how to find more freelance clients, and how to get paid more as a freelancer. And we spend a lot of time talking about what freelancing is. But recently, GDB has had a lot of visitors who haven’t made the leap to freelancing yet. They’re just exploring the option right now and I feel like it’s

How to promote a freelance design business: 4 strategies for beginners

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I think most freelancers could agree that finding work is one of the hardest struggles we face – and if you’re just starting out you might not be familiar with how to get your name out there. For you beginners: this is post for you! And for those that have been at it for some time, this is a great reminder for what you could / should be doing to help promote yourself. (In fact, please add to this list

Common website mistakes that are costing you clients

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I get asked to critique freelancers’ websites fairly often. In general, I find we freelancers tend to make the same basic yet egregious mistakes: We claim to be experts in creating a brand yet our own websites are generic web templates. We advise clients on color schemes and consistency but use 10 fonts and 8 colors ourselves. We constantly pare down clients’ copy but use long, difficult-to-read paragraphs of our own. Most of us could benefit from spending more time

How to keep clients happy while moving houses or offices

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True story: This last week was the week from technology hell. Why? Because I’m in the middle of moving 1200 miles, so not only have I fought missing cables and NAS storage crashes, I’ve also battled dial-up slow “high speed” internet connections in hotels and even had my IP address blocked from my client’s website due to “suspicious activity”. At one point I was literally frustrated to tears.(No kidding – I curled up with one of my dogs and cried.)

How to invoice projects, get clients to pay, and see results as a freelancer!

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Have you ever had trouble getting clients to pay invoices? Have you ever felt anxious, fearful, or “weird” about billing a client for your time? Have you ever had to haggle with a client over an invoice? If so, this is the post for you. (Trust me, you’re not the only one.) Good communication Invoicing projects and getting paid starts out with good communication between you and your client. Don’t be shy about your pricing – but don’t be afraid

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