Yes, freelancers CAN go on vacation! Here’s how…

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Hi, GDB readers! I’m back from a fantastic two-week cruise from Miami through the Panama Canal to San Diego. (My deepest apologies for my belated responses to your wonderful comments.) So it IS possible, as a freelancer, to take a vacation. Sometimes the thought of escaping reality can be scary, though. It’s easy to get so caught up in worrying that you ruin your vacation or decide never to go in the first place! Answering these three questions will help

The best business advice I ever received and what I did about it

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Yesterday, I was trying to imagine what I should write about today on the blog and, after exploring a few ideas, I thought I would ask you what I should cover. A few great responses came in that I plan to blog about in the near future. Today, I’d like to respond to the great suggestion from Michael Pingree (who we’ve seen a lot of in the comments lately and he’s really contributed a great deal to the GDB community. Thanks Michael!).

Does anyone know your design business exists?

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“All the talent in the world will not help you if no one knows you have it…” What really makes a good designer? Ask anyone this question and you will receive numerous answers. Sure, there are many factors that make you a great designer, but one rule remains the same: People have to know you’re great in order for it to count! You have to get your name out there. You have to have a following of individuals who notice

How to quote a design project – and win the account

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Quoting a project isn’t easy – and quoting it well is even tougher. Part estimation, part research, and part historical evidence, a good design quote creates a fair proposal for both the designer and the client where each feels he will receive as much as he will give. (Cue butterflies, rainbows, and birds chirping.) Easier said than done. (Cue giant sledgehammer.) Regardless of how much you charge or whether you quote by the hour or by the project, today let’s

An $11,000+ boost with small “tweaks” to your design business

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I never do this, but a few weeks ago, I pre-ordered a new book from Ghris Guillebeau titled The $100 Startup*. Since the day the book showed up in my mailbox, I haven’t been able to put it down and, when I’m through, I’ll offer a complete book review here at the blog, but I wanted to share with you a really simple principle Chris teaches that can help you take your design business to the next level. It’s the

Build a gigantic client base from scratch

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I was recently in a lunch meeting with an entrepreneur who lives near me. We had become acquainted through some random business opportunity and, both being, internet marketers, we started to hit it off immediately. He launched his own business around 2 years ago and has been quite successful. One accomplishment I couldn’t help but noting is that he works with some of the biggest brands our community has to offer. Brands that, if you’re from the U.S., you’ll recognize

Entrepreneurs: follow this one simple principle to avoid wasting your hard-earned profit

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For those of you who, like me, used to work for someone else, you know what it’s like to beg for updated software, hardware, printer ink, and design-specific supplies. At the thought of turning freelance, my heart went pitter-patter at the thought of finally having the tools and resources I wanted. So when I finally had enough money to make one of those coveted purchases, my heart seized when this thought crossed my mind – “Is it worth it?” When

8 tips for making the most of working from home

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Working from home sounds like a dream come true but unless you take the time to organize things properly, the whole experience can turn into a nightmare. Here are eight things you will need to pay attention to if you choose to work from home. Home Office One of the first priorities will be to either develop a specific area of your home as a workspace, or convert a spare, unused room into an office. Along with actually providing you

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