Write amazing design project proposals and get more clients

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Drafting up a design project proposal can be extremely scary. For freelance designers, every time you submit a proposal, it’s like applying for a job. Proposals determine whether clients choose to hire you, and clients are the life-blood of your design business. In essence, your entire success or failure as a designer depends on how well you can sell yourself or your services. This article will teach you ins and outs of a successful design project proposal, and how to

Why designers should consider tolerating spec work

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Spec Work has always been a controversial subject in the world of design. Why should you work with no guarantee of getting paid? Many designers claim that it signals the end of the industry. To me, however, it’s the future of the industry. What is Spec Work? Spec work, or speculative work, to refer to its full name, is the process of doing design work with no contract or any guarantee of getting paid – If the client likes it,

6 Questions to ask yourself before attempting a redesign

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Recently, I asked all my friends* on twitter what sorts of articles they would like to read about here on GDB. One friend suggested a sort of checklist-style article about preparing for a redesign. Hence the following article. If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion and exploration here at GDB, head on over to our contact page, facebook fan page, or @mention me on twitter and we’ll try to help you out! (Also, to whomever requested this

How to turn design clients into raving fans who bring you more business

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Lately my business partner and I have been going to quite a few networking events – some that are more casual mixers, and others that are more formal. Through these events come opportunities to interact with good people. In speaking with many of these people, I’ve noticed an underlying attitude that can be summed up in one sentence: “what can I get from this person?” or “how can this person benefit me?” If you hold this same kind of attitude,

3 Essential Elements of a Client-Grabbing Design Website

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So you have a web site set up for your design business. It features your amazing portfolio, has a sleek, snazzy design to it, and a beautifully put-together contact form. The only problem is… the contact form rarely, if ever, gets used. Your bounce rate is higher than a super-inflated basketball. And it’s just not doing the one thing it needs to: Bringing you more business. This article will help get you on track to having a web site that

Why having a creative block is really a good thing

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If you’re a designer, it’s very likely that at one point or another you were working on a project and felt like it wasn’t going anywhere. It’s almost like all the ideas get sucked out of your head with a giant vacuum and no matter how hard you try to think you just can’t come up with a clear direction to go. While creative blocks may cause tension headaches and severe irritation, I’d like to offer you a new perspective

What’s really keeping you from freelancing?

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I‘ve been there before. You wake up every morning, dreading the day ahead of you. You drag yourself into work, find a pile of sticky notes on your desk, make it through lunch, and work through the afternoon looking at the clock every 30 minutes. Every day on the drive home you think to yourself, “Man, I should really quit and just start my own business”. While I am a big fan of a steady job, sometimes freelancing can be

Are you taking enough time to build your design business?

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Not long ago, I read the E-Myth Revisited (affiliate link), a phenomenal book about entrepreneurship. One of the most life-changing (or I guess you could say business-changing) concepts understood from the book was the importance taking time to build your business. Many entrepreneurs spend too much time working in their business instead of working on their business. This article will explore the best ways to build your design business while still finding time to do what you enjoy most: designing.