8 tips for freelancing from home without ignoring your kids

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Today is an unusual day for me. I’m working from home. As many of you know, I’m not a full-time always-work-from-home freelance designer. I have a full time job too. (Don’t hate me, remember?) But today, I’m working from home. All day. It’s bringing back some memories of when I first started freelancing and I spent the entire day working from home. And being home with my wonderful wife and adorable baby boy reminded me of a question posted as

How to handle hard-to-reach design clients

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A few days ago, I published a post in response to one reader’s question about overcoming fear as a freelancer. The post was such a hit, I decided to tackle another question posed by a designer named Bree. Here’s the request: I would love to see some reviews or tips on how to handle clients who do not respond or provide feedback in a timely manner. Well, Bree, today you’re in luck because I’d like to share with you–and the

Freelancing Fear: What causes it and how to overcome it

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When I relaunched this brand new version of GDB earlier this year, I asked you to submit your ideas for posts you’d like to see over the next 12 months. (Haven’t had a chance to submit your request? Click here to view the original new-year-launch post.) One reader, Carla, posted this request:   Any suggestions about … being afraid? Any suggestions on how to overcome my apprehensive behavior (which is not normal, I am an outgoing, sociable person)?!I have business

Help me name my design business! + tips on naming yours

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GDB readers, it’s time to name my freelance business, and I really need your help. But first, a little back story: When I got laid off last February after 5 years with the company, I was devastated. I loved my core coworkers. I needed the paycheck. I hated that I had been chosen as the weakest link (which probably isn’t true – I also received the biggest paycheck). I cried. And then… literally the next day I started looking for

Top web design takeaways of 2011…and what they mean for us in 2012

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2011 was a defining year for technology. Smartphones went mostly mainstream, social media helped spark political revolutions, and Silicon Valley lost its default despot. Web designers have had, as a result, a series of interesting insights into the future of their profession. Before we get too settled into a new year, let’s pore over the biggest design takeaways of 2011 (and be sure to add yours to the list): Mobile Flash Finally Flops As predicted by the late Steve Jobs,

Don’t hate freelancers with full-time jobs

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If you’ve followed the blog for very long, you know that I used to exclusively work as a freelance designer until about a year ago when I got a full-time job working in marketing. Since that time, I’ve had a lot of people who have wondered what advice I can offer since I’m not a “real freelancer.” Today, I advocate an anti-hate campaign for all you freelancers out there who also have full-time jobs. Guess what: I love my full-time

How to get design clients to come to you, instead of chasing them down

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Recently, on the Graphic Design Blender facebook page, one of our fans, Sarah Grant, asked a question about cold-emailing (like cold-calling, but via email) to promote her design business. In essence, the question went something like this: “How do I send email campaigns to local businesses inviting them to redesign their web site without risking illegal emailing (spam) or offending them (by saying their site is outdated/ugly)?” (I was paraphrasing. To read the full question, click here.) I thought it

Want to be a happy designer? Fire 80% of your clients

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I’ve recently been reading The Four-Hour Work Week (*aff) by Tim Ferriss and I have to tell you, I’m absolutely loving it! I’m only 45-50 pages (UPDATE: I’ve been loving the book so much, I’m already 127 pages in now and it’s only been a few more days! I highly recommend it!) in and I’ve already changed aspects of my life, changed some ways I do business, and I’ve fired almost 80% of my design clients. If you’ve read the

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