Freelancing: Using your own name vs. Creating a business name

A couple days ago, we discussed some essential pointers for naming your design business. Today, I’d like to discuss a topic that comes up frequently in my discussions with freelance designers. Should you market yourself using your own name or create a business name? There are Pros and Cons to each option and today I
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How to deal with clients who micromanage

Since GDB is a blog that helps designers build a successful business, I like to keep my eye out for common problems that designers face as they try to be successful in the business world. As I read forums, answer emails, and (I’ll admit it) even glance through few scenarios on Clients from Hell, there
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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
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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
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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
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Pitching to design clients: how to win the account

I had a pretty unusual experience the other day. You see, as a web designer, I am used to visiting clients and pitching my services to them in hopes that I will win the account. But a few days ago, I had the chance to be pitched to for a web project that I simply
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Offering price quotes to no-budget design clients

Offering price quotes to potential clients can be one of the most difficult tasks a freelance designer faces. But the difficulty of quoting clients grows exponentially if those clients don’t even offer a ballpark budget for you to work within. No-budget clients make designers play an irritating guessing game in hopes that the quote is
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Build your design business by supplementing your design skills

It’s pretty hard to be amazing at everything. Am I right? Granted, there are a few designers out there who are amazing at Print design, branding, print marketing, HTML, CSS, Web programming (PHP etc.), Javascript, and anything else you throw their way. A “Jack of all Trades” you might call them. But most of us
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