9 business terms all freelance designers must know to succeed

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Taking the plunge into freelancing is scary – we all know that. One of the reasons we’re so afraid is that we’re great designers but often know little about running a business (and that’s why many businesses fail). So to help you take your very first steps toward business prowess, I’ve compiled a list of business terms all freelance designers should know. After reading the list, leave a comment on this post and let me know which business terms I

Where do you fit on the business-art spectrum of freelance designers?

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I’ve noticed something fascinating recently on a post I wrote a couple weeks ago. In just two weeks, “What your pricing strategy says about you as a freelance designer” has quickly become one of GDB’s most popular posts and has definitely broken blog records in comments with a staggering 114 (and growing) comments in such short time. And as I’ve read all the comments (yes, I read all the comments on my blog), I’ve learned something very intriguing. The spectrum

What your pricing strategy says about you as a freelance designer

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Have you ever realized what your price point says about you as a designer? As designers we worry so much about how our brand looks when it comes to logo, web site, etc. We obsess over what to name our design business. We’re constantly asking ourselves if it’s time for a redesign or a rebrand. But how often do we ask ourselves if we need to rethink our pricing strategy? Believe it or not, your pricing strategy is a huge

What to do when your client breaks a signed contract

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We talk a lot about contracts here at GDB (see bottom of this post for a list of resources for working with contracts as a designer). But one thing we don’t talk about very often is what to do when/if your client breaks his terms of the deal. Since most designers (myself included) don’t get super-jazzed up when it comes to legal-speak, I’d like to try to break it down into right-brained language today. PS: I’m no lawyer. I will

Freelance preparedness: how to keep a business alive when times get hard

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Remember Preston’s recent post about not creating another job for yourself as a freelancer? How one of the great perks about freelancing is freedom, and how the world will not explode if you take a week off? Recently I wrote about how to make taking vacation a stress-free transition, but what about those unexpected emergencies? You know, family emergencies, prolonged sickness, personal issues, extreme weather, or even a time where you’re physically unable to work. It’s these types of situations

Why I never explain my designs before revealing them to my client

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In 2009, I wrote a post titled “7 tips on presenting logos to a client” and more than three years later I got this tweet from @thomshouse: I was curious of the order in which you present a logo… Do you lead with the logo, then discuss the “why”… Or discuss first, building up to the reveal? Today, I want to share my answer with all of you and then I want to hear what you have to say (leave

Tried to fire my client, it backfired, and somehow our business relationship improved!

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Yes, you’re reading that right. I tried to fire my client, and it backfired – so well, in fact, that our business relationship has improved! So what happened? Let me tell you… Deciding to fire my client Most of you are probably thinking I’m crazy. Turning away someone who wants to pay me for my skills – absurd (or is it?)! Truly, though, I had had enough. The project was WAY behind schedule, the client changed her mind on overall

How to receive payments: 10 tools for freelancers

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Working as a freelancer undoubtedly has wonderful perks and advantages – like being able to take on a job in the convenience of your own home and having more free time for yourself. However, there’s always the worry of not receiving payment, particularly when working with clients who are thousands of miles away. Also see: “What should you get paid on your first design project?“ In case you’re wondering about the best ways freelancers can receive funds, here’s a roundup

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