How I took my design hobby to the next level and created a business

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Last year I knew I wanted to take freelancing as a career more seriously. Not for just work on the side or for extra cash, but to actually call myself a freelance graphic designer and make a living off it. I knew I had to think big. Make a real business out of what I wanted to do: design! So here’s how I took design from a hobby to a full-time profession: Established a new (consistent) look I use “look”

6 Elements of money-making blog design

Chances are at some time in your design career, you’ll be asked to design a blog. Or maybe you’ll want to design a blog for yourself or your design business. And designing blogs is fun. But there are also a lot of considerations to take into account when designing a blog – especially if you want it to make money for you. Below, you’ll find 6 elements of a money-making blog design. Whether you design a blog for yourself or

5 Reasons your design blog will fail within six months

Blogging is tough. And blogging about design can be an especially difficult ball game. In fact, a lot of designers get frustrated because their blogs don’t take off like they had hoped and many give up within 6 months. Sound familiar? Today, I’d like to offer a few reasons why your design blog will fail within 6 months. Below you’ll find common problems and solutions designers face as they try to blog about design. I’d love to hear what you

58 Topics to write about on your design blog

If you have a design blog, I can almost guarantee that at one point or another, you’ve hit a brick wall when it comes to content. After all, producing great content on a daily or weekly basis can be more difficult than it sounds. So today, I would like to offer a useful list of topics you can write about on your design blog. I’m sure I’ll leave some out, so add your suggestions in the comments. 58 topics to

The simple change that brought my design blog to life

Is your design blog dead? Mine was too. I’ve been a blogger for a long time, but I never really had one that took off. I mean, I’ve had a few readers here and there, a few comments now and again, and some traffic trickle in, but I never had a blog that allowed me to interact with people in my industry. I never had a blog that made me any money. I never had a blog that was read

Empower your design with mind maps

When starting a new design project, it is often difficult to decide where to start from. Ideas can flow from the brain like a waterfall and so it’s hard to remember them for later use. In my experience, I’ve found that the mind mapping of ideas is the best and most powerful way to get real benefits from those ideas. It’s also a life-saver for the early stages of the design process. What follows is a brief explanation on how

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

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,

See success by becoming a goal-driven designer

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

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