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

Why your designs are falling behind and what to do about it

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Do you ever feel like all the designers around you are somehow a notch above you when it comes to talent? Do you ever wonder if you’re one of those “dime-a-dozen” designers that we, as a community, tend to make fun of? Do you ask yourself: “am I at the top of my design game, or is my work lackluster and mediocre?” I certainly do. I hang out on Pinterest or Dribbble and compare myself to all-star designers who, it

How to miraculously build a profitable relationship when your client’s budget is low

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So you’ve got this potential lead. You meet with them, go over their needs and wants, and you’re all pretty excited about getting started. And then they review your design quote. “Oh. We were thinking more in the <subtract 50%> range.” (Have you heard something like this before?) If you’re anything like me, that’s a BIG difference in cost. Then the anxiety sets in and you start second-guessing yourself…did you quote too high? Are you worth that amount? Is this

The simple two-part recipe to extreme happiness at work

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Maybe you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur. Maybe you work in a cubicle. Maybe you run an agency. Or maybe you’re a billionaire CEO. Whoever you are, I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you have the same desire as the rest of us: You want to be happy at work. Are you happy when you’re working? So, are you happy at work? I mean, not the kind of happy where you’re “just glad to have

GDB redesigned + exciting updates at the blog

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Today I’m very excited to finally launch the redesign of GraphicDesignBlender.com! Take a look around and let us know what you think. We’d love your honest feedback. After all, this is for you. (If you’re reading this in an email, RSS feed, or elsewhere, you can click here to visit GDB and see the redesign yourself.) Let us know what you think by leaving a comment on this post. Together with the launch of this new design, we’re also relaunching

Understanding freelancing insurance + do you need it?

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The Freelancer’s Union recently announced the ability for members to purchase liability insurance. But as freelance designers, do we really need it? Truthfully, when I read the “hey, we’re now offering liability insurance” email, I wondered what, exactly, that entails. According to their website, there are three main types NOTE: I am not a lawyer, nor am I offering professional or legal advice. The following are just my observations and conclusions as a fellow freelance designer. Please seek legal advice