4 things all freelancers should be doing online

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Whether you’re a freelance graphic designer, web developer, writer, photographer, or any other type of business – an online presence is a vital part and can make or break your success. The important question is: are you building an effective online presence? From a client’s perspective, they’re looking to work with someone who is loyal, honest, and can get the job done. But, it doesn’t hurt to feel like they know who they’re working with, even if you’ve never met

Five ways to stay productive during a power outage

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True story: Last week I had a GoToMeeting client call at 9am, but I had a dentist appointment at 8am. No worries, right? But my dentist was running 40 minutes late, so I was 14 minutes late to my 9am meeting. As soon as I got home I emailed him that I was ready for the call. The instant, and I mean *the* instant I saw the meeting email, we lost all power at my house. It flickered once and

Consistency in freelancing: why the most successful freelancers do it and the rest fall behind

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It’s been proven: consistency is a key to success. Not just in the design or business world, but even in your day to day life. Popular designers, bloggers, or even YouTubers put out content on an appropriate, consistent level and they get a returning audience as a result. So how do you reach success, and how long will it take? How much will you have to create to become popular? Although these questions can’t be given a specific answer, it’s

Why you’re still not freelancing and how to make the switch today

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A lot of GDB readers I talk to say something like: “I’ve been getting ready to make the switch to freelancing for months now, and I think I’m almost ready to take the leap.” Today, I want to crush all the excuses you’ve been making (maybe some you don’t even realize you’re making) so that you can literally make the switch to freelancing today! If you agree with this post, give it a tweet and help save all the “wish-I-were-a-freelancer”s

What separates good designers from great entrepreneurs (which are you?)

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Since I am a designer, I’m not afraid to make the following statement: Designers are a dime a dozen. There are millions of us. Some of us are good at what we do, some are pretty mediocre, and other are just terrible. But if a potential client only cares about price, it’s not hard to get undercut by someone who charges pennies on the dollar compared to your rates. The problem And the problem is, you can’t always compete on

Should freelancers work directly with clients or hire a middle man?

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Some may call it the lazy way to freelance, but I like to think of it as a way to focus your time on the projects instead of looking for them. First off – if you’re unfamiliar with what (or who) a middleman is; it’s a person who arranges and deals between the producer (freelancer) and consumer (the actual client). Think of your middleman client as an ultimate referral: they’re marketing your services for you, and if things go well,

How to build a killer physical portfolio and win your next account

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A picture is worth 1,000 words. Keep that in mind when you go to your next potential client meeting. You want to make a great first impression and win the account. While what you say and how you act are very important, ultimately, the client wants to know that you can deliver. However, you’re probably not the only freelancer your client is interviewing. You need to wow them, and you can do it with your portfolio – and your accompanying

How I beat out a brick and mortar agency with a killer proposal

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Sounds kind of epic: a single freelancer working from home wins a client over a big agency working in a local brick and mortar location, just by providing a killer design proposal. Believe me – it’s possible, because I did it! There’s so much a client can benefit from working with a single freelancer over an agency, and you just have to know how to present yourself as the best option. You do that by offering more than just a