Creating a Healthy Work-Life Balance as a Freelance Designer

Recently I was in on a roundtable discussion with a bunch of freelancers and we were talking about some of the similar problems we all face. One topic that kept coming up was that many freelancers have a hard time creating a healthy work/life balance. This is a problem many business owners in general have. Your business is yours and as the owner you feel that ultimately the success or failure of the entire business is on your shoulders. This

Set milestones and eliminate stress in the design process

When I first started working for myself, one of the hardest things for me to do was finish a design project in the amount of time that I had anticipated. Projects that I hoped to finish in a week, took 3 weeks, those that I hoped to finish in a month, took a few months. And it wasn’t necessarily my fault. Actually, it wasn’t really the client’s fault either. The problem was, we hadn’t sat down to set milestones for

Elements of an awesome facebook page for your design business

Anyone who owns a business, from freelancers to top CEOs, knows that they need to be on facebook. You know you need to establish a successful presence on facebook for your design business. What a lot of people don’t understand is why and how. After all, it’s not enough to just “be on facebook” anymore, you’ve got to work hard to use facebook as a primary facet in your marketing strategy. Whether you are a freelance designer just starting out,

GDB Mail Bag: Registering a business, Design contracts, and Copyright

The GDB Mail Bag is a new feature I’m adding to the site here at GraphicDesignBlender.com. Each week I seem to get more and more emails from readers with questions about their design business. I love interacting with others and helping them succeed as designers! I’ve learned that if one person has a question about something, it’s likely other people do as well, so I’m featuring a few of the best questions here at the GDB Mail Bag. Also, take

How to spot bad design clients & when to ditch them

Opportunities quickly become nightmares when a freelance worker takes on a bad client. Whether you work as a designer, developer, writer, or other professional, the joys of freelancing can turn to angst when a client becomes bent on paying you less than you’re worth or making you do more work without additional pay. A bad client threatens your reputation, gets on your nerves, costs money, and wastes your time, so you should learn how to spot bad clients & when

Keeping clients motivated throughout the design process

Meeting with a client for the first time is invigorating. Both you and they are excited about moving forward with a new project that will help reach business goals. You set milestones together and work toward accomplishing the goals you have set, but sometimes clients tend to burn-out at some stage throughout the process. They go from wanting the “best work” to “whatever works within the time frame” or even adopt the attitude of “we can’t afford to do it

When to fire a design client

There’s a lot of negative karma floating around in the design community about how terrible design clients are, what a pain they are to deal with, and how annoying their requests are. As a firm advocate of treating clients with respect instead of contempt, this article is not an attempt to complain about client relationships or whine about the things they do that bug me. With that being said, if you have been working in the design industry long, there

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