Build your design business by supplementing your design skills

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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 are not so fantastic. It’s more common to find a designer who is phenomenal at illustration but can’t code a web site to save his

3 Simple Tips to Keep Your Client Pool Full

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Keeping your client pool full is one of the most difficult tasks that any design firm or freelance designer faces. Interestingly enough, it’s also one of the most important aspects of running a design business. After all, if you don’t have clients, you don’t have work. And if you don’t have work, you can’t pay the bills. If you can’t pay the bills, you go out of business. This article will explore various ways you can make sure your client

Gain clients and avoid stress with a solid design brief

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Every designer wants more clients. More clients usually equates to more income, so it is important to do your best and secure a project from each prospect who engages in your services. Yet securing these projects, and turning prospects into clients, should not depend on just a verbal agreement of terms. No matter your skill level or years in business, a designer or web developer should not enter into a project with a client without a contract. Equally important, however,

Knock their socks off: having the perfect first meeting with a potential design client

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You go to a networking meeting, or the grocery store, or someone’s birthday party… Somehow you get talking about what you do and before you know it there’s a spark and they become a potential client. You exchange business cards and schedule a time to meet – perhaps in your office, or a lovely, quaint coffee shop down the street – and both of you are ecstatic that you’ve met each other, and excited to get started. This article will

Designers, stop and think about why you're blogging

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I make an effort to frequently visit the web sites, portfolios, or blogs of people who take time to leave comments here at GDB, follow me on twitter, or ‘like’ GDB on our facebook page. Needless to say, I spend quite a bit of time looking through content that other designers produce. And there has been a common concern that I have experienced nearly every time I visit a designer’s company or personal blog: They don’t seem to think about

Ten Frequent Questions Clients Ask Web Designers (And how to answer them)

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In recognition of being in business for 10 years, I thought I’d share ten questions that I get asked most often as a professional website developer. Some of them I’m sure other like-minded professionals have also had to answer. These are in no particular order, but I hope they help: 1. How much will my website cost? Yes, this one is a no-brainer and you’d think there was something seriously wrong if a potential client didn’t ask you this. Often,

5 MORE Answers to Common Freelance Design Questions [Podcast]

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A few days ago, GDB published an article titled “5 Questions to Common Freelance Design Questions“. This podcast (the first of GDB’s audio podcasts) will elaborate on 5 more common freelance design questions. Have a listen and leave your comments below. The podcast takes about 7 minutes to listen to and contains answers to the following common freelance design questions: How much should I charge? What should I include in my portfolio? Should blogging be an important part of my

5 Answers to Common Freelance Design Questions

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Not too long ago on twitter (follow me here and GDB here) I asked you what sort of freelance design questions bother you the most. You answered back with an array of questions and I have tried to sum them up below with some solid answers to help you move forward on your freelance journey. I chose the ten most common questions I have heard, but I know there are many more. So after reading through this list of answers