Consistency in freelancing: why the most successful freelancers do it and the rest fall behind

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It’s been proven: consistency is a key to success. Not just in the design or business world, but even in your day to day life. Popular designers, bloggers, or even YouTubers put out content on an appropriate, consistent level and they get a returning audience as a result. So how do you reach success, and how long will it take? How much will you have to create to become popular? Although these questions can’t be given a specific answer, it’s

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

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

Where do you fit on the business-art spectrum of freelance designers?

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I’ve noticed something fascinating recently on a post I wrote a couple weeks ago. In just two weeks, “What your pricing strategy says about you as a freelance designer” has quickly become one of GDB’s most popular posts and has definitely broken blog records in comments with a staggering 114 (and growing) comments in such short time. And as I’ve read all the comments (yes, I read all the comments on my blog), I’ve learned something very intriguing. The spectrum

What your pricing strategy says about you as a freelance designer

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Have you ever realized what your price point says about you as a designer? As designers we worry so much about how our brand looks when it comes to logo, web site, etc. We obsess over what to name our design business. We’re constantly asking ourselves if it’s time for a redesign or a rebrand. But how often do we ask ourselves if we need to rethink our pricing strategy? Believe it or not, your pricing strategy is a huge

6 Signs you’re going to be a great freelance designer

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Do you ever wonder if you can make it as a freelancer? I mean, are you afraid to leave your full-time job even if you hate it to pursue the freelance lifestyle? There’s nothing wrong with a full-time day job (I have one), but many designers choose to stay at a dead-end job despite their intense desire to branch out on their own and start freelancing. So what keeps them from reaching for their dreams? Almost always, it’s the same

What to do when your client breaks a signed contract

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We talk a lot about contracts here at GDB (see bottom of this post for a list of resources for working with contracts as a designer). But one thing we don’t talk about very often is what to do when/if your client breaks his terms of the deal. Since most designers (myself included) don’t get super-jazzed up when it comes to legal-speak, I’d like to try to break it down into right-brained language today. PS: I’m no lawyer. I will

Freelance preparedness: how to keep a business alive when times get hard

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Remember Preston’s recent post about not creating another job for yourself as a freelancer? How one of the great perks about freelancing is freedom, and how the world will not explode if you take a week off? Recently I wrote about how to make taking vacation a stress-free transition, but what about those unexpected emergencies? You know, family emergencies, prolonged sickness, personal issues, extreme weather, or even a time where you’re physically unable to work. It’s these types of situations