9 business terms all freelance designers must know to succeed

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Taking the plunge into freelancing is scary – we all know that. One of the reasons we’re so afraid is that we’re great designers but often know little about running a business (and that’s why many businesses fail). So to help you take your very first steps toward business prowess, I’ve compiled a list of business terms all freelance designers should know. After reading the list, leave a comment on this post and let me know which business terms I

How to start freelancing (finally) and rock at it- Video interview with Jonathan Wold

It’s a new year again and with many of you wondering if now is the time to start freelancing, or how to take your freelance business to the next level, I’ve got the perfect resource for you! It’s a nearly-forty-minute-long video interview with Jonathan Wold, an amazing, impressive, successful entrepreneur who’s been making a killing as a designer/developer for a while now. In the interview, Jonathan shares his secrets on building a successful freelance business from scratch (and he’s got

What do you want from GDB in 2013? + what’s coming up next year!

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The end of the year is drawing near which always gives me a chance to reevaluate the content we provide here at GDB. It let’s me think about how I can help you more in the coming year than in years past and what’s missing to really make GDB one of the most useful resources for designers, freelancers and entrepreneurs. I know for many of you the new year celebration coming up means delicious food and family time. So I

Why your client always hates the first draft (and how to get it right the first time)

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I recently worked with a freelancer who was putting together a video for me. The deadline was tight, the project was important, and I was relying heavily on him getting it right the first time. But when the first draft came back a week or so later, I was pretty disappointed. It wasn’t at all what I was looking for. In fact, I started to worry if we would even get the project done on time because, in my mind,

4 Red flags you’re being hired by a control freak

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The last thing you want is to have a control freak hire you as a freelancer. To a freelancer, that’s like death. Of course you should always try to make your clients happy. And you should work with them to design a final project you can both be happy with. But there’s “working with” and there’s “being controlled by.” Am I right? You know the kind of person I’m talking about. You’ve worked with them before. Or at least, you’ve

Pricing strategy from the pros: 3 entrepreneurs share their pricing method

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I’m sure you know the marketing gimmick by now: the reason most retail stores price items at $99.99 instead of $100 is that it tricks the average consumer’s mind into believing an item is cheaper than it is. But does this pricing method work for freelancing as well? Does charging $249 – or $249.99 – instead of $250 bring in more clients? I contacted three highly-respected, veteran designers to get their input. Here’s what each one has to say (PS,

An easy way to find out if you’re passionate enough to freelance

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A few days ago, I started work on the 2013 design for this blog. It’s my first ever attempt at a seriously responsive site design (about time, I know). PS: You can help me test it before it releases by joining GDB insiders on facebook. And last night, after we ate dinner and I spent some time with the family, I found myself really not wanting to go to sleep. It was the usual time I go to bed. I

Why your site doesn’t convert and 2 tips to butt-kicking conversion

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If you have a website, you have it for a purpose. No doubt when planning the website the first issue to be tackled was what you hoped to achieve from the website – what would be its purpose. Once the website is created there are empirical ways to measure whether you have reached your aim. We all know that measurement is called…wait for it… the conversion rate. The skinny on conversion rates The conversion rate relates to the number of