Why most businesses fail, and solid tips for design business success

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Most businesses fail not because their owners aren’t good at what they do. A design studio doesn’t generally fail because they create poor designs. A dentist doesn’t generally fail because he cannot fix your teeth. Most businesses fail because their owners don’t understand how to run a business. As a design entrepreneur, this is the
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How freelancers can compete with design marketplace sites

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The last few posts I’ve written here have all come from excellent reader suggestions on this post. Today’s is no different. Joe Malleck writes: One topic that I’m interested in is what a designer’s future role in the marketplace is. With the uprising of theme marketplaces and the awareness that you can essentially purchase design
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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
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How I got tons of new design clients with this small freebie

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A couple years ago, I was stuck – big time. Maybe you’re familiar with it. You’ve been designing for a while, finding clients, fulfilling their needs, rinse and repeat. But my client pool was starting to grow thin (PS – “3 Simple Tips to Keep Your Client Pool Full“) and I was getting worried. No
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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
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Are you turning into the client you hate the most?

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Every designer has that high-maintenance client who always needs their projects rushed to the highest priority. You know, the one that calls at 4:30pm on a Friday needing something for a Saturday morning conference but who is still waiting for legal’s final review of the text? This is the client my bank account loves but
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Why designers are terrible at communicating with clients (and how to fix it)

Viewing in an email or RSS? Watch the video here. Just admit it, there’s been one time or another that you’ve been terrible at communicating with your design clients. I know there have been times when communication between us is outrageously horrific. An ephiphany But recently, I realized what the big problem is. The insight
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