Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 4: Working for family

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This post is part 4 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 3: Burning bridges Today I’d like to talk about a common mistake designers make with clients that almost all new designers fall prey to: working with family. Why is this such a

Turn your design passion into a steady profit in just 11 days (ebook)

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If you’ve been putting off starting your own design business for a long time now, you’re not alone. A few months ago, designers across the world joined together to enroll in From Passion to Profit, a premium email course we offered as a one-time offer here at GDB. Because the course was such a success and so helpful for so many designers, today, I am excited to announce the brand new From Passion to Profit ebook! From Passion to Profit

How designers should use Google+ to build their business

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Google+ has an interesting approach to social interaction. Google looked at how people socialize in the real world and they applied it to Google+. For instance, instead of everybody being able to see what you’re saying, you can group people into Circles and choose who sees what. With that approach, designers can use Google+ in interesting ways. We can connect, be inspired, and share with people. If you are a designer and have Google+, try using it in these three

Are you giving your design business the time it deserves?

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If you’re anything like me, you have a lot to do. Running a design business isn’t easy and there are a million different pieces to your design business. It can be pretty common to let some less-important tasks fall through the cracks. But you need to give your design business the time it deserves in order to keep growing. Today, I want to let you in on a few ways I manage to give my design business (and this design

How to communicate with intimidating design clients (without going nuts)

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Freelancing can be a challenging field. While it is a source of income, and a way for you to showcase your talent, it also comes with difficulties. One major difficulty is our clients. Not all clients who hire you will be difficult, but to a new freelancer, they can be intimidating. They control your money, the project outcome, and your creativity. To make them less intimidating, follow these steps at your next client meeting: (and if you have any rebuttals,

5 Twitter Tips to Boost Your Design Business

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Twitter has more than 10 million users and is growing every day. Everyone from celebrities to the average person is on Twitter. If you’re not on Twitter, you’re possibly missing out on interesting content and people – not to mention business opportunities. Designers can take advantage of Twitter to get known and find more clients. If you have a Twitter account, try these simple tips to boost your business. If you don’t have an account, get one and start today!

Don’t ignore these warning signs of a bad design client

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We have all heard horror stories about clients. Some take advantage of freelancers, some are unwilling to listen, and some are just outright disrespectful. No freelance designer should have to work with somebody like that. A bad client will only bring unnecessary stress and anxiety onto a freelance designer. However, it’s not hard to spot these bad clients. Look for these warning signs to figure out if your client is going to be troublesome. (And if you have some additional

My secret to making steady money as a freelance designer

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I share money-making tips here at GDB all the time. They include upselling your design projects, generating passive income, specializing in a particular discipline or skill, and many many more. But there’s one key to making money that I fear I haven’t been very clear about. It’s not that I’m trying to hide anything from you – I want you to be successful too! But it’s something that I have just kindof been doing all along and never really thought