What should you get paid on your first freelance project?

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So you’re ready to freelance huh? You’ve got your web site up. You’ve got some school projects in your portfolio. You’re ready to start calling clients and pitching your services. So what’s stopping you? If you’re like a lot of designers I talk to regularly, you don’t know how much to charge for your first freelance project. The most common deterrant Believe it or not, I think this is one of the most common reasons freelance designers don’t take the

How to stick to your business goals when the going gets tough

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Did you read my earlier post about how I set my first 10 design business goals? It’s been less than a year since I first wrote them, and already I have reached some of them (and set new ones)! (PS: Preston also posted a video blog about the importance of setting annual goals.) Okay, okay, so you know you should have business goals, and hopefully you developed some great ones, but now months have passed… are you sticking to them?

What’s the best way to backup your design files?

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I get questions all the time about running a design business and usually, I can kindly point readers to a past post on Graphic Design Blender, but I absolutely LOVE it when a reader stumps me with a question. Why do I love it? Because now I get to ask you and learn from you! That’s right. Today, the tables are turning and I need your help answering a reader’s question. Here’s a summary of the email I received from

Is your location killing your freelance business?

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One of the beautiful things about being a freelance designer is the freedom to live where you want, be it within walking distance of the ocean, near family, or three floors above the most awesome coffee shop downtown. But does location matter? Are freelancers elsewhere enjoying more business success due to their location? Would your business benefit from moving? Whether you’re enjoying a steady stream of work or hoping for that next client, answer the questions below to determine whether

Get more clients by improving your “about me” page

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We’ve been talking a lot lately about designing and creating your own web portfolio. We showcased 50 stunning design portfolios you should see before designing your own and discussed the one critical site mistake that could be costing you clients. Today, I want to talk about what I think is the most important part of your design portfolio: the “about” page. I want to address the “about me” page – or “about us,” “bio,” or whatever you call your “about” page

GIVEAWAY: Win 1000 Custom Stickers from 1800Postcards.com and GDB!

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A note from Preston: Hey GDB! Today, we’ve partnered up with 1800Postcards.com to offer a cool sticker giveaway. More and more designers are either using stickers to promote their own business (an interesting alternative to a business card or calling card) or being asked by their clients to design promotional stickers for them. So we went out in search for a partner who makes great stickers and we found one! Keep reading for your chance to win 1000 stickers from

50 Stunning design portfolios you MUST see before (re)designing yours

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Feeling like your (online) portfolio needs a face lift but in need of some inspiration? === UPDATE: We’re giving away a FREE portfolio site critique PLUS sharing the best way to upgrade your portfolio site in less than 20 minutes. Check it all out at this link. === I’ve compiled a list of 50 awesome portfolio designs and a short blurb on why I’ve chosen them, categorized alphabetically by awesome design element, to spark creativity for designing or redesigning yours. Take

How “business surfing” can make or break any entrepreneur!

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It starts out innocently enough. You sit down at your computer, check your email, check your social media outlets, comment on some LinkedIn discussions, explore some inspirational design sites, read an interesting post on increasing blog traffic, and geez… …is it already 11am? This, GDB readers, is what I’ve dubbed “business surfing.” It’s like personal internet surfing but with a business focus, so it’s easier to convince yourself you’re not wasting time. Why Business Surfing is Good Spending time throughout

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