6 painful lessons I learned as a rookie web designer

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It was 2007 and business was booming. I was getting 2-3 requests for web development work a day and could barely keep up. To cope with the growth, I brought my brother and a friend into the business with me. Neither had much experience, but I figured I could train them quickly. Then, I met the client. I’ll call him Bob. He was a nice guy and it looked like it would be a great project. He was designing his

How I took my design hobby to the next level and created a business

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Last year I knew I wanted to take freelancing as a career more seriously. Not for just work on the side or for extra cash, but to actually call myself a freelance graphic designer and make a living off it. I knew I had to think big. Make a real business out of what I wanted to do: design! So here’s how I took design from a hobby to a full-time profession: Established a new (consistent) look I use “look”

36 Easy-to-use time-tracking tools for freelancers

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Time management can be one of the toughest aspects of freelancing. After all, when you’re doing what you love, time can fly and before you know it, you’re over hours. Your client’s budget doesn’t merit all the time you got lost in, so you can’t invoice them which means you’re losing money. Today, we’ve collected a list of 36 time-tracking tools you can use to keep track of your projects, time constraints and billable hours. These tools will help you

The extremely important business metric you’re not watching

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If you’ve been an entrepreneur for long, there are certain metrics (measurements) you practically live by. You know them like the back of your hand. For us designers, it could be something like average dollars per project, average dollars per month, or average dollars per client. These kinds of metrics help us measure success and sustainability. For example, if I need $1,000 each month to survive, and I know that I have an average dollar per client amount of $500,

5 Mistakes that almost killed my design blog

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Like some of you, I run a successful design blog. But my success did not come easy. I have had my share of failures. But I don’t look back at them with regret. They helped shape my blog and my brand. In fact behind every success story lie a few failures that have had a positive impact on the overall outcome. Today I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight 5 things I was doing wrong with my design blog in

Win one of 2 sets of 250 business cards for your design business

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Last month we ran a sticker giveaway here at GDB (closed) and I asked you if you’d like to see more giveaways in the future. Since most of you excitedly responded “yes,” today, we’ve partnered up with Printrunner to give away 2 sets of 250 business cards to two lucky designers. What’s up for grabs Business Card Size and Style: 2×3.5 (Standard) Quantity:  250 (2 sets – that means 2 winners!) Colors:    4/4 Color Both Sides Paper:    14 pt.

How I went from losing my job to being a profitable freelancer in 18 months

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If you would’ve told me when I got laid off I’d have a profitable freelance design business a mere 18 months later, I’d have laughed at your absurdity. Heck, I may have even snorted. Losing my job = best thing ever? Looking back, getting laid off was the best thing that could have happened to me. It forced me to take action. I couldn’t just put in my 8 hours anymore; I had to decide where I wanted my career

GDB Exclusive: $338 worth of web design elements/tools for only $24

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Today, I’ve partnered up with Steven at VandelayDesign.com to bring you an awesome deal! I’ve been a fan and follower of Vandelay Design Blog for a while now and they’re always offering awesome deals on helpful ebooks, design tools, and design bundles. Today, they’ve launched “Web Designer’s Bundle 2” and it’s packed with $338 of amazing resources and tools for web designers of all levels (I’ve already got mine) and Steven has deeply discounted it to just $29. But wait,

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