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

32 Ways to be a jerk to your design clients

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Argue with them about every single change or revision they have. Don’t call them back. Use email instead of phone calls 100% of the time. Talk negatively about them on twitter with fellow designers. Bill them when fixing an error that was clearly yours. Miss your deadlines. Subcontract their work without telling them. Forget about their target audience, design preferences, etc. They don’t know what they want. Submit their email content to Clients from Hell. Treat them like they know

Should you bill your freelance clients for meeting time and other misc. work?

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We’ve had tons of reader questions rolling in here at GDB and I absolutely love it! Today’s question comes from Colleen who asks: “Should I be charging for client meetings? [What about taking time to] learn or to learn more about a project…” I think it’s a fantastic question. Essentially, what kind of work should you bill for and what kind of work should you disregard as “overhead costs.” Freelancing vs. Agency Work I used to work at a design

Do you get more freelance work as a jack of all trades?

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What’s better, being an expert at one thing or not too bad at a few things? By being a jack of all trades, would you get more work? Yes and no. Yes, because you’ll be more capable to take on projects you normally wouldn’t. And no, because if you focus your strengths and become an expert at it, you’ll get more quality leads. Either way, would you get more work? Probably not. At least not quality work. You might get