12 tips for a less-stressful designer lifestyle

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Who would have ever thought that something you love so much (designing) could stress you out so much? There a lot of aspects of being a designer that can be stressful: harsh deadlines, difficult clients or art directors, a sharp learning curve, ever-changing technology and more. This article will address some of the best ways to deal with the stress you feel as a designer and also reduce your stress as much as possible. 1. Identify what is stressing you

How to keep design clients coming back for more

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A little while ago, Graphic Design Blender explored the phenomena of clients returning after a serious lapse in time. The article brought up various circumstances and offered solid advice that everyone should take into consideration. But what about those designers who rely on return clients in order to stay in business? How do you keep them coming back and how do you keep all parties involved satisfied? A little background Along with my freelance business, I work at Fox Chase

3 reasons to think twice before offering free design services

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Starting out as a new designer, many are tempted to offer their services for free in order to branch out and develop an audience for your work. However, with the Freemium notion, comes the adverse reaction to offering your services for free. I have been a designer for quite sometime and I have seen both sides to the free services concept. I decided to share with you some of the negative impacts associated with offering free design services upfront. 1.

OPEN DISCUSSION: Unpaid Design Internships – A Viable Option?

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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

A business card giveaway where everybody wins

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Thousands of business cards are given away on design blogs all the time. Here at GDB, we understand how difficult it can be to get your design business up and running so, together with the great people at PremiumCards.net, we have decided to make it possible for everyone to win something at this business card giveaway. Check out the details below: What you can win Let’s get to the point right away. What are you going to win? PremiumCards.net has

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

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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

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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

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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.