Don’t make these five big mistakes that turn freelancers into failures

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I recently read this comment from a pessimist in the freelance community: “Freelancing is a joke! There is no money in web design unless you are employed full-time by a company making a salary. Nobody pays real money anymore. They just go to any of the big template shops and pay $60 for a design, or hire some college kid for 100 bucks to build a site.” (If you disagree with this stance, please spread the word on this post

4 things all freelancers should be doing online

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Whether you’re a freelance graphic designer, web developer, writer, photographer, or any other type of business – an online presence is a vital part and can make or break your success. The important question is: are you building an effective online presence? From a client’s perspective, they’re looking to work with someone who is loyal, honest, and can get the job done. But, it doesn’t hurt to feel like they know who they’re working with, even if you’ve never met

How I beat out a brick and mortar agency with a killer proposal

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Sounds kind of epic: a single freelancer working from home wins a client over a big agency working in a local brick and mortar location, just by providing a killer design proposal. Believe me – it’s possible, because I did it! There’s so much a client can benefit from working with a single freelancer over an agency, and you just have to know how to present yourself as the best option. You do that by offering more than just a

The real truth about finding more freelance design work

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One of the biggest struggles in freelancing has to be finding more freelance design work when your client pool starts to dwindle. If you’re like me, you’ve probably read countless blog posts on the subject. I still find myself every now and then when times are tough making that search into Google – hoping that I’ll find a new and secret way of finding more freelance design work. The real truth is, I already know everything there is to finding

How to make your home office a sanctuary (and never rent office space again!)

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When you’re stuck in a cubicle, all you can dream about is the freedom of working from home. Your own office, your own tools, your own decor…oh, it’s simply glorious! Then real life smacks you in the face: you’re distracted by a steady stream of interruptions, your backside hurts from sitting on your hard kitchen chair all day, and someone moved those notes that you absolutely must have for your client meeting. But before you justify the financial burden of

9 business terms all freelance designers must know to succeed

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Taking the plunge into freelancing is scary – we all know that. One of the reasons we’re so afraid is that we’re great designers but often know little about running a business (and that’s why many businesses fail). So to help you take your very first steps toward business prowess, I’ve compiled a list of business terms all freelance designers should know. After reading the list, leave a comment on this post and let me know which business terms I

How safe is your “job security”? Is it time to start freelancing?

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Hands down, the most common reason GDB readers haven’t made the change to start freelancing is because they fear the loss of “job security.” And while I’m a huge advocate of having a day job (only if it adds value to your life and lets you pursue your passions in life…remember, don’t hate freelancers with full-time jobs), I have to wonder why job security seems to be such an issue. I mean, think about it for just a sec: Which

“We” vs “I” – the best pronoun for a freelance business

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If you’re like me, once you started using your official business name, “we” vs “I” became a big issue. Which sounds better? Am I misrepresenting myself if I use we? What will clients prefer? Think about who your target client is and who they are most likely to hire. What business traits do they expect their designers to have? When do they expect you to be available? How much are they willing to spend? How do they perceive you, and