Is there “big money” to be made as a freelance designer?

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Late last year a reader reached out to me with doubts about staying in the graphic design industry. He tried researching various aspects of being a freelance graphic designer, but struggled to find the information that he wanted to hear – the information that stated how graphic designers can make “big money”. If you were to look at some high paying professions like being a movie star, lawyer or something in the medical field – they have the potential to

How to make sure you have clients (and income) all year round

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Whether it’s from clients or from fellow designers, I hear this a lot: “Business was going great. I had a lot of customers and was really busy, but now I’m not because <insert reason here>. So I need to figure out how to market myself to get more customers.” Do you recognize the big problem with this statement? If you don’t, that’s okay, because I’m about to share why you should never catch yourself saying this ever again. The BIG

When and how you should turn down a project that’s not for you

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As a freelancer just starting out, or even one who’s been doing this for a while, you might be inclined to say “yes” to every project and client that comes your way. But believe it or not, there might come a time where you’d be better off saying “no.” Now you might be thinking… Why would I ever turn down a project? That’s a relationship and money I’d be saying no to! In reality not every project is for you,

How to squash the dreaded ‘forever project’ and finally get paid!

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You know the “forever” projects I’m talking about – those that are three months behind schedule yet your client wants to see “just one more” color scheme or isn’t sure about the copy. When once you were thrilled about landing a great project, now you’re just hoping they’ll make up their minds and put money in your pocket. If you’re stuck in this nasty situation, follow these steps to find that light at the end of the tunnel (and then

50 Responsive design portfolio sites to help you master mobile

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As designers, we should accommodate for anyone and everyone who could be a potential client. Adapting our design portfolios for different browser sizes and mobile technologies can not only help us, but also our clients as a useful service to them. So as you think about revving up your responsive design portfolio for the year, take a look at these 50 wonderfully responsive design portfolios to get you thinking. And be sure to leave a comment and share with us

Why most freelancers never reach their dreams

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A note from Preston: Hey everyone, today I am excited to announce that Brent Galloway is joining the official writing staff for GraphicDesignBlender.com! Brent has written a lot of great content in the past and offered a fantastic post here at GDB just a matter of months ago. I’m excited to have him join our team! As a freelance designer, Brent will bring some excellent experiences, solutions, and advice to our conversations. After reading his post today, be sure to

8 Vital financial terms all freelance designers should know

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If you graduated from art school, a trade school, or even with a liberal arts degree, you know that they don’t teach you how to go into business for yourself. Suddenly, besides designing and dealing with clients, we’re thrust into this world of accounting, bookkeeping, and finances. After all, a business that doesn’t make money is just a hobby, and it doesn’t put food on the table. Unless you can afford an accountant, you learn about the financial side of

If this was my last blog post ever…

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This last week was an interesting one for me as the owner/founder of this blog. Why? Because someone with a pretty fat wallet contacted me and we discussed the option of selling this site. After a lot of discussion, we decided not to go through with the deal (for a lot of reasons) and I’m happy to say I’ll be here at GDB for the foreseeable future! But it got me thinking about what I would say if I had