How to get the greatest freelance advice you’ve ever received: tips on learning from the best

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Pretend you’re Saul Bass. You’re one of the most famous designers and filmmakers in history when a young designer approaches you and says, “Mr. Bass, I’m a huge fan of your work and one day I hope to be just like you. Do you have any advice for me?” If you really were Saul Bass, perhaps you’d respond with your most memorable quote, “Symbolize and summarize,”  for this aspiring designer. But think about all the many years of study, the

Why most freelancers are work-aholics (and how to save yourself before it’s too late)

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Here’s the most common path I’ve seen creatives take to freelancing: You’re a work-a-holic at a job you hate You decide to make the switch to freelancing You quit your job, set up your “business” and get started Before your know it, you’re working more than you were at your old job Eventually, the fun and passion of running your own freelance business fizzles out and you’re left with exactly what you had before: work-aholism at job you hate. So

How I found my freelance niche and tips to finding yours

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You’ve all heard the phrase, “if you try to be good at everything, you’ll be excellent at nothing.” But unless you’re one of the lucky ones, finding your niche can be really difficult. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t found yours yet…it took me over 10 years of designing until I found mine. Here at GDB we talk about how finding your niche (or superniche) can be really beneficial for your business. Whether it’s blogging or design work, you can

How your thoughts affect your freelance income

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It’s time for you to get over the idea that creative professionals have to be poor. I know, I know: the world tells you that in order to be successful doing something you love, you have to take a huge hit on your income. Sure, some very famous artists in history had to die before their work was worth anything. I don’t know about you, but I’d like my work to be worth something while I’m still alive and young

Stop trying to find new freelance clients

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I’m a freelancer, so I get it. You need to find new clients. New clients bring in new money to your freelance business. They are the lifeblood of your business. They make it possible for you to pay the bills. …or do they? A big time-waster If your freelance business is anything like mine, there’s a lot to be done and not a lot of time do it in. And that means you don’t have much time for big time-wasters.

Where do you fit on the business-art spectrum of freelance designers?

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I’ve noticed something fascinating recently on a post I wrote a couple weeks ago. In just two weeks, “What your pricing strategy says about you as a freelance designer” has quickly become one of GDB’s most popular posts and has definitely broken blog records in comments with a staggering 114 (and growing) comments in such short time. And as I’ve read all the comments (yes, I read all the comments on my blog), I’ve learned something very intriguing. The spectrum

14 Ways to jumpstart your freelance business before the sun goes down today

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If you’re anything like me, you have good days and bad days when it comes to running your freelance business. Some days, weeks, or months, business is booming, income is at a high, clients are calling, and you couldn’t be more pleased with your business. But other days, you’ve hit rock bottom wondering where all the clients are hiding. You can’t seem to get motivated, you’re running out of cash, and everything seems bleak. If you’re going through a lower-than-you’d-like

How to get clients to “like” your freelance business facebook page

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I’ve met a few designers who think it’s a good idea to have a facebook page for their freelance design business. Whether or not I think it’s a good idea to have a facebook page as a freelance designer (I think in some cases it makes sense and in others, it doesn’t), herein lies the big question: How do I get clients to like my design business facebook page? First, who are you targeting? Just like it’s important to decide

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