Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 6: Not asking for referrals

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This post is part 5 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 Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 4: Working for family Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 5: Missing deadlines Happy Monday! Today, we continue our

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 5: Missing deadlines

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This post is part 5 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 Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 4: Working for family There are a small number of things you can do that will completely ruin your relationship with

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 3: Burning bridges

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This post is part 3 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 For today’s addition to the Common mistakes designers make series, I’d like to discuss one that I had a personal experience with recently. In case you didn’t know, recently I got an office job. I still freelance design on the

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount

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This post is part 2 of a series. If you’d like to read part 1, please click the link below: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract For today’s installment of Common mistakes designers make with clients, I’d like to tackle a controversial one: allowing a discount. I can already here the collective outcry: “What!? No discounts?” But I’m here to tell you that offering a discount to your clients is one of the

Impress your design clients and quickly build your business

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Unfortunately, many people don’t see freelancers as serious professionals. Many of them see freelancers as people who sit around lazily in their pajamas all day. They don’t respect freelancers as they would professionals at a firm. While many freelancers love their pajamas, we are still professionals and deserve to be treated with respect. Gain the respect you deserve and impress your clients with these four ways. Dress Professionally First impressions are important to clients, so dressing professionally to their meetings

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,

How to convince your design clients to hire you again

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Any good entrepreneur knows that it’s easier, cheaper, and more effective to sell to existing customers than it is to find and sell to new customers. A design business is no different. Many freelance designers waste a lot of time and opportunities in trying to find new clients instead of working on ways to convince their current and past clients to hire them again. Today, I’d like to recommend a few techniques on convincing your design clients to hire you

Presenting design work to your clients

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So you’ve landed that great client you’ve been talking to for weeks, and you want to make sure to keep them happy. Aside from giving them a stellar product, how do you do that? One way is by being ridiculously professional in how you present your work. The way proofs are presented to clients had never really occurred to me until I did some in-house work for a design agency awhile back. This particular agency was very particular about presentation,