My secret to making steady money as a freelance designer

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

The designer's guide to killing distractions and getting more done

A designer’s life nowadays is very hectic. We have to keep up with our clients, our finances, our personal life, our professional life, and generally anything on the internet. Our minds are constantly racing while we try to multi-task everything at once. However, keeping track of all of that will get in the way of the most important part of being a designer, designing. If you’re checking Facebook and your emails all the time, where can you fit in design?

When to offer extra services to your design clients

Have you ever started working on a design project for a client, only to realize that they need a lot of design work done in more than one area of their business? For example: I was hired to design a web site for a local entertainment center and realized that they also needed a whole new branded look including business cards, flyers, and (of course) the web site that they hired me to do. I realized in that moment, that

The freelancer's plateau (and how to overcome it)

In the career of every freelance designer comes a plateau; a moment when you simply can’t make any more money because you don’t have any more time to give to your business. This has always been the inherent problem with freelance designing: no matter how hard you work, there are only 24 hours in a day. Once you max out your hours, you can’t make more money without raising your rates. If you haven’t hit this plateau yet, you will.

Charging for freelance design: by the hour or per project?

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Have you ever found yourself pulling your hair out over how much to charge for a design project? It can be very frustrating and usually ends up costing you more time (and thus money) than it should. There is some debate on the merits of having an hourly rate that you charge for everything, or setting prices for certain design services and sticking to those. There are definitely pros and cons to both methods, and it really ends up depending

Take your design career to the next level with a freelancing mentor

Have you been freelancing for a while now with less success than you had hoped for when you started out? Maybe you’re just getting started on the freelance scene and feel like a fish out of water. Whatever concerns you have  about freelancing, many of them can be resolved with a freelancing mentor. What is a freelancing mentor? The concept of finding a freelance mentor is not a new one. Plenty of freelancers do it. A freelancing mentor is simply

Finding a balance between pleasing clients and keeping your sanity

Have you ever gone nearly insane trying to please a client? I have. In fact, I have probably done it more than I would like to admit. After all, the clients pay the bills (hopefully) and if the clients not happy, you’re not happy. So how can you please your clients without going crazy? It’s all about balance. If you’d like to know how to balance your attempt to please clients and your attempt to keep your sanity, read on,