10 Attributes of successful freelance designers

Diligence A freelance designer has to be diligent. After all, you’re working hard not only to design great pieces, but to find new clients, bill current clients, follow up with old clients, file taxes, market your business, and more. If you’re not diligent, you’ll never make it as a freelance designer. Patience Being successful as a freelance designer is all about being patient. When your client won’t stop calling you on the weekend, when you can’t seem to find new

Stop throwing your design profits down the toilet

Running a design business is hard. And sometimes it can be pretty touch on your pocketbook. But there are some pretty common ways we all throw our profits down the toilet. Today, I’ll mention a few and attempt to help you avoid them. After you read through the list, let me know which ones you relate to the most and how you’re going to put your saved money to better use. Toilet Trap #1: New Technology You don’t need to

5 Terrible Time-wasters All Designers Fall Prey To

If there’s anything you probably don’t have enough of as a designer, it’s time. There’s always something to tweak, something to create from scratch, clients to call, tutorials to learn, blogs to read or personal projects to explore. But there are always time-wasters that all designers fall prey to. Have you ever gotten sucked into one of these? Reading design blogs I know what you’re thinking. “Are you crazy? You’re telling us not to read your blog?” Well, not exactly.

13 Tips on Designing Awesome Stickers That Sell More Products

Whether you’re attempting to sell your own products or trying to help your clients sell their products by offering great design, learning how to design a sticker that will make products fly of the shelf is a vital skill for any designer/marketer. There are a couple of things you should consider before attempting to design your own stickers. For instance, do you even know how to design a sticker? It’s a very important place to begin and though it seems

Freelancing: Using your own name vs. Creating a business name

A couple days ago, we discussed some essential pointers for naming your design business. Today, I’d like to discuss a topic that comes up frequently in my discussions with freelance designers. Should you market yourself using your own name or create a business name? There are Pros and Cons to each option and today I would like to explore each side. Using your own name One option that a lot of freelance designers take is to use their own name

Essential Pointers for Naming your Design Business

Bringing in a significant amount of business is all about first impressions. And how you name your design business is vital to create a solid first impression. But even though a rose by any other name might just smell as sweet, a design business by the wrong name can crash and burn if you’re not careful. If you’re thinking of starting your own design business, take a look at a few of these essential pointers for naming your design business:

Charging what you're worth: a few tips for underpaid designers

So you’re a freelance designer, eh? You’re living the big life because you are doing what you love and getting paid for it. The only problem is, you’re not getting paid very much. But who cares, right. I mean, you get to work on your shiny apple computer designing pretty things for clients all day long. You don’t care that you don’t make much money as long as you get to do something you love. Stop lying to yourself. I’m

The Classic Rookie Mistake Many Freelance Designers Make

I’ve had an interesting paradigm shift lately. I have had need to hire a few freelance designers to take over projects I simply don’t have time for. This means I’ve had a chance to interview them (which I wrote about here), ask quotes from them (which I’ll write about today), and work closely with them. I recently had an encounter with a freelance designer that made me want to fire him on the spot. And I think it’s a common

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