10 things IKEA can teach you about designing an online store

Here I am. Standing next to a container with some funny, cushy slippers in it in the middle of an IKEA store. I don’t even know how I got here because there’s no particular thing I wanted to buy, yet I’m here. I’ve managed to go pass the cashiers wielding a handful of things I don’t need, nor want. I’m packing my stuff, but something catches my eye, a small piece of paper with some survey on it. I’ve decided

Offering price quotes to no-budget design clients

Offering price quotes to potential clients can be one of the most difficult tasks a freelance designer faces. But the difficulty of quoting clients grows exponentially if those clients don’t even offer a ballpark budget for you to work within. No-budget clients make designers play an irritating guessing game in hopes that the quote is close enough to the secret budget amount the client surely has in their head. If you’ve ever had trouble offering a price quote to a

You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #10

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #10
How to enjoy your commute!

Build your design business by supplementing your design skills

It’s pretty hard to be amazing at everything. Am I right? Granted, there are a few designers out there who are amazing at Print design, branding, print marketing, HTML, CSS, Web programming (PHP etc.), Javascript, and anything else you throw their way. A “Jack of all Trades” you might call them. But most of us are not so fantastic. It’s more common to find a designer who is phenomenal at illustration but can’t code a web site to save his

3 Simple Tips to Keep Your Client Pool Full

Keeping your client pool full is one of the most difficult tasks that any design firm or freelance designer faces. Interestingly enough, it’s also one of the most important aspects of running a design business. After all, if you don’t have clients, you don’t have work. And if you don’t have work, you can’t pay the bills. If you can’t pay the bills, you go out of business. This article will explore various ways you can make sure your client

You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #9

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #9
Happy New Year!

You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #8

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #8
Happy Christmas!

Take care of your design business, and it will take care of you

I have fellow designers email me all the time with questions and concerns about how to run their design business. Whether they are graphic designers or web designers (or both) most problems seem to be pretty similar. They can’t find clients. They can’t keep the clients they manage to find. They don’t know how to get paid on time. And so on, and so on. You know the drill. Chances are, you have had similar problems (or will experience them