9 business terms all freelance designers must know to succeed

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Taking the plunge into freelancing is scary – we all know that. One of the reasons we’re so afraid is that we’re great designers but often know little about running a business (and that’s why many businesses fail). So to help you take your very first steps toward business prowess, I’ve compiled a list of business terms all freelance designers should know. After reading the list, leave a comment on this post and let me know which business terms I

8 tips for freelancing from home without ignoring your kids

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Today is an unusual day for me. I’m working from home. As many of you know, I’m not a full-time always-work-from-home freelance designer. I have a full time job too. (Don’t hate me, remember?) But today, I’m working from home. All day. It’s bringing back some memories of when I first started freelancing and I spent the entire day working from home. And being home with my wonderful wife and adorable baby boy reminded me of a question posted as

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

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 1: Not signing a contract

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Working this clients can be a difficult task. With lots of training and practice designing logos or web sites and very little practice or official training on working with people, it’s easy for us to make serious mistakes when working with clients. Today, I’d like to start a new series where we discuss a number of common mistakes designers make when working with clients. Mistake #1 will be (because it’s one of the most common ones I see) not signing

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

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 keep your first design gig from spiraling out of control

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So newbie, you just landed your first big design gig huh? What are you designing? A company web site? a fancy business card? maybe some print marketing material? Congratulations on landing your first gig! Now, the key is to keep everything under-control and manageable. Getting your first gig can be exciting, but there might also be a lot of things you never thought about. Here’s how to keep your first design gig from spiraling out of control: (PS. I’d love