Charging what you're worth: a few tips for underpaid designers

So you’re a freelance designer, eh? You’re living the big life because you are doing what you love and getting paid for it. The only problem is, you’re not getting paid very much. But who cares, right. I mean, you get to work on your shiny apple computer designing pretty things for clients all day long. You don’t care that you don’t make much money as long as you get to do something you love. Stop lying to yourself. I’m

The Classic Rookie Mistake Many Freelance Designers Make

I’ve had an interesting paradigm shift lately. I have had need to hire a few freelance designers to take over projects I simply don’t have time for. This means I’ve had a chance to interview them (which I wrote about here), ask quotes from them (which I’ll write about today), and work closely with them. I recently had an encounter with a freelance designer that made me want to fire him on the spot. And I think it’s a common

How to build a rockstar design business without going broke

Starting a business is no easy task. It takes time, effort, and (a lot of times) a whole heap of money. But there are lots of designers who have built a rockstar design business without spending their life savings away. And you can too. This article will offer a few money-saving techniques that will help you build your design business without going broke. If you have more to add to this short list, take a second and leave a comment.

How to impress design clients and get more business

Whether you are a freelance designer or work at a design agency, there are almost always two important goals at the forefront of your mind: Impress your current clients & bring in more business. If you’ve been working at building a business for very long, you’ll also realize that these two goals are very directly related to one another. Because a happy client is a chatty client. They tell their business partners or friends about the great work you do

Why some freelance designers become rich while others don't

Take a moment and scan the web for successful freelance designers. I mean financially successful freelance designers. I’m not talking about designers who have a great following on their blog, I’m not even talking about designers who crank out phenomenal work on Dribbble. I’m talking about designers who make more-than-enough money to get them by. Freelance designers who are rich. So why is it that some freelance designers get rich while others barely get by (all under the guise that

25 Nuggets of Entrepreneurial Wisdom for Designers

I know you’re busy working in and on your design business, so I don’t want to take too much of your time today, but I’d like to offer 25 solid pieces of entrepreneurial advice. I got these gems from a book I read not too long ago titled “The One Minute Entrepreneur“. It offers many more tips on becoming a successful entrepreneur, but I have chosen my 25 favorite pieces of advice to share with you today. Which one is

Putting a price tag on design

How much do you charge for your design services? And how in the world did you come up with those numbers? There are a lot of different factors to consider when establishing your pricing methods as a designer and, frankly, a lot of designers have no clue when it comes to effective pricing. This post will cover a few solid strategies to help you as you determine how much to charge. If you have any tips to add, please do

Should you include your age in your design portfolio?

From time to time, I like to visit the web sites and portfolios of designers who comment on the blog here, join the facebook page, or follow me on twitter. I am always interested in finding new talent, meeting new designers, and gaining new inspiration. The other day, while perusing a few sites, I was taken aback by something I read in the “about me” section. The first paragraph started like this: Hi, my name is ********. I’m a 16-year-old