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

Don’t make these five big mistakes that turn freelancers into failures

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I recently read this comment from a pessimist in the freelance community: “Freelancing is a joke! There is no money in web design unless you are employed full-time by a company making a salary. Nobody pays real money anymore. They just go to any of the big template shops and pay $60 for a design, or hire some college kid for 100 bucks to build a site.” (If you disagree with this stance, please spread the word on this post

How to stay positive as a freelance designer

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Recently, I received this client response to a proof: Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh OH MY GOSH!!! This is SOOO cool I squealed when I opened the pdf!!! I LOVE IT!! (PS: If you’d like to see what my client was reacting to, leave a comment on this post and I’ll share the link with you.) For me, it doesn’t get any better than this. I feel an immense sense of personal and professional fulfillment from designing the perfect

Experiencing a freelancing time crunch? Avoid panic with these tips

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No matter how well you plan, some weeks it seems like every client needs something and you’re left wondering when you’re going to sleep. Maybe everyone wants their project finished before an upcoming holiday or perhaps you’re taking a long weekend at the beach (Yes, freelancers CAN go on vacation) and all of your projects have last-minute revisions before you leave. It’s easy to get panicky during these times. Your brain starts spinning, your stomach gets anxious butterflies, and you