How to dominate any niche or industry

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Dominating niches is actually pretty simple. It takes some legwork, and it takes hard work to get it going, but overall it’s pretty simple. Now, when I say “dominating a niche,” I mean you become a “go to” guy or gal for a specific industry. In our creative marketing agency, we’re starting to do this for a specific niche of food packaging. In the past, we’ve done it for fitness and a couple of other industries too. In fact, to

How To Master Your Cash Flow In Under 60 Minutes Per Day

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Let’s talk turkey for a few minutes. More particularly… cash flow. Icky, dirty, rotten, dreaded cash flow. Grrrrrrrr How’s yours going? Are you making the BIG bucks? Stashing plenty of dosh away each month so you can retire young, travel the world and achieve the ultimate freedom you’ve always dreamt of? If so, you can probably skip this blog and just get back to it. Go on, off you go. If not and you’re sick of worrying how you’re going

Should freelancers work directly with clients or hire a middle man?

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Some may call it the lazy way to freelance, but I like to think of it as a way to focus your time on the projects instead of looking for them. First off – if you’re unfamiliar with what (or who) a middleman is; it’s a person who arranges and deals between the producer (freelancer) and consumer (the actual client). Think of your middleman client as an ultimate referral: they’re marketing your services for you, and if things go well,

How I beat out a brick and mortar agency with a killer proposal

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Sounds kind of epic: a single freelancer working from home wins a client over a big agency working in a local brick and mortar location, just by providing a killer design proposal. Believe me – it’s possible, because I did it! There’s so much a client can benefit from working with a single freelancer over an agency, and you just have to know how to present yourself as the best option. You do that by offering more than just a

Why most freelancers never reach their dreams

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A note from Preston: Hey everyone, today I am excited to announce that Brent Galloway is joining the official writing staff for GraphicDesignBlender.com! Brent has written a lot of great content in the past and offered a fantastic post here at GDB just a matter of months ago. I’m excited to have him join our team! As a freelance designer, Brent will bring some excellent experiences, solutions, and advice to our conversations. After reading his post today, be sure to

The big secret to getting along with your design clients

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading How to Win Friends and Influence People. It’s an older book, but one that I’ve wanted/needed to read for a while now and, after reading about 3/4 of it I must say, every entrepreneur, freelancer, or business person in the world should read and live by this book! Seriously, you’ve got to read it. It’s packed with lots of amazing and great information that will open your eyes to how people communicate,

How to grow your freelance business without hiring more staff

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If you were around at the beginning of the year, you remember that in late 2011, GraphicDesignBlender.com was seriously hacked. The site was down for a few weeks and it was quite a challenge to recover fully. Once we finally got back on our feet, we upgraded the whole site and I kicked off the new year with a question: What do you want to read about in 2012? Well, tons of you answered and gave us some great material

Do freelancers really need accountants?

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Tax season is upon us in the United States; and it’s never fun. (Hey GDB readers from around the world, help me out here: when is tax season – if any – in your country? Leave a comment!) But today, I wanted to answer a question I hear all the time from freelance designers: “Do I really need an accountant?” Can’t a competent freelance designer just do their own taxes? Today, I’d like to take a stab at answering that

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