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

You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #7

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #7

Ten things I’ve learned (so far) about starting a freelance design business

Over the past few months I’ve been working on getting starting a freelance design business. It’s definitely been a learning experience (in a good way, mostly), and I thought I’d share some tips that I’ve come across. Determining Business Structure There are many structures, but the most common for freelances are Sole Proprietor and LLC. I had a hard time deciding between the two. A Sole Proprietorship is an unincorporated business that you own by yourself. Basically you’re personally responsible

You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #6

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #6

You Know You're a Freelance Designer When… #5

You Know You’re a Freelance Designer When… #5

10 tips for creating eye-catching package design

Packaging consumer products is one of the most important aspects of marketing. Eye-catching design packaging should make both a physical and psychological connection. The packaging identifies the product and reassures consumers that their purchase is the right one. However, this can only occur when brand owners match the qualities of the product’s packaging with what consumers desire. The packaging should never prevent consumers from making a purchase. To get this right, there are some tips that marketers and design experts

Gain clients and avoid stress with a solid design brief

Every designer wants more clients. More clients usually equates to more income, so it is important to do your best and secure a project from each prospect who engages in your services. Yet securing these projects, and turning prospects into clients, should not depend on just a verbal agreement of terms. No matter your skill level or years in business, a designer or web developer should not enter into a project with a client without a contract. Equally important, however,

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