OPEN DISCUSSION: Unpaid Design Internships – A Viable Option?

So you’ve graduated from college with a shiny degree in Graphic Design or other commercial art/media degree – you’re excited to jump into the job market and apply your skills and be challenged! Amidst your heavy job hunting, meeting with local agencies and sending work out, you notice a fair amount of postings for internships in your field, both small & large. Many are unpaid and targeted for undergraduate students only, but some look like viable opportunities to work with

Getting paid: A designer’s two-minute guide to invoicing

Many freelancer designers seem to shy away or delay the process of invoicing a client after a project is completed. Somehow this same notion is shared by the client when it comes to paying-they shy away from it. Admittedly, invoicing is no easy task, especially when it comes to collecting a late payment, but it’s time for designers everywhere to be more bold in requesting payment for their work completed. We all have had invoices that were either ignored or

As a designer, your network affects your net worth

In a perfect world, clients would just find us and we wouldn’t have to do anything except turn in a beautifully-designed project, collect the accolades, and see our client lists grow. Unfortunately, even for top-quality professionals, achieving steady client growth is sometimes the most difficult. I was fortunate to launch my design firm coming out of a large firm,having worked on some large campaigns. But while my design credentials and background were strong, I had considerably less experience in developing

How to upsell your next design project

Whether you work at a design firm or as a freelance designer, finding the perfect amount of clients to pay the bills and do the quality of work you desire can can be a huge challenge. One tactic many designers forget to take full advantage of is upselling. However mastering the art of upselling can take your graphic or web design business to the next level. You don’t have to be the world’s best salesman to upsell your design project.

How to find design clients

One of the hardest tasks that freelance designers face is that of keeping their client pool thriving. Aside from the clients who come back asking for more, a lot of times, you complete a job for a client and they move on. They leave you with an empty spot in your schedule and, unless you fill it quickly, that means lost income for you. Recently, I posted an open-ended article here on GDB asking readers what some of their preferred

When design clients come back from the dead

Doesn’t it feel great when you complete a major project for a client on time and without any huge hang-ups? Of course it does. But what do you do with clients who come back from the dead? Just so that I don’t get in trouble with the law or scare any clients away, a dead client is simply one with whom you do not currently have an open contract. This article will discuss the best practices for the occasion when

OPEN DISCUSSION: How do you find new freelance design clients?

Recently, I have had a lot of people ask me to provide suggestions on finding new freelance design clients. Whether you are a newcomer to the freelance-design field or you just need to give your client pool a boost, there are many ways to find new freelance clients. I would like to change things up just a little and leave this topic up for open discussion. Surely many of you have great questions or tips that you would like to

Is your design blog hurting your design business?

Whether you are part of a design firm or an independent freelance designer, chances are you blog about design. The design community is enormous and (dare I say) millions of designers share their thoughts online every week. But have you ever paused to consider whether your design blog is helping or hurting your design business? This article will focus on the pro’s and con’s of managing a design blog: ways it might help or hurt your design business. Ways a

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