Why some freelance designers become rich while others don't

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Take a moment and scan the web for successful freelance designers. I mean financially successful freelance designers. I’m not talking about designers who have a great following on their blog, I’m not even talking about designers who crank out phenomenal work on Dribbble. I’m talking about designers who make more-than-enough money to get them by. Freelance designers who are rich. So why is it that some freelance designers get rich while others barely get by (all under the guise that

Should you include your age in your design portfolio?

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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 taken aback by something I read in the “about me” section. The first paragraph started like this: Hi, my name is ********. I’m a 16-year-old

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

See success by becoming a goal-driven designer

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Recently, in a post titled “Defining success as a designer”, I discussed the importance of setting goals and measuring your success based on how well you achieve your goals. Then, GDB published an excellent guest article by Karol K. titled “Avoid web design stress by clearly defining site goals”. Then just yesterday I sent out an article titled “Getting your design business ‘in the groove’” in the GDB newsletter. It also hit hard on being goal-oriented as a designer. It

Defining success as a designer

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Hey fellow designers, are you successful? For some designers, answering this question doesn’t take a second thought. But for others, it’s difficult to define whether or not you consider yourself to be a successful designer. And much of what determines whether or not you feel successful, depends on how you define success. Do you define success by how much money you make from your design projects? How about by the number of clients you have? Is your success based on

Creative ways to promote your design business with little or no budget

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On the GDB facebook page, I recently asked what sorts of articles you would like to read during the next few months here at the blog. While I plan to write articles for nearly all the responses, one particular response offered by Nina Randone, really caught my attention. Her suggestion? Creative and low budget self-promotion pieces. Thus, this article was born. Today I would like to explore creative ways to promote your design business with little or no budget. Thanks,

Creating a Healthy Work-Life Balance as a Freelance Designer

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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

How To Get More Design Clients with an Effective Marketing Message

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Unless you went to business school or graduated with a degree in business, chances are you weren’t taught how to write text that will bring in clients. This is typical with technical and creative arts, and is one of the main areas in which freelancers fall down. You know very well how to do the production work, but not so much on the marketing side. So how do you communicate effectively to clients to not only help them understand what

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