Why ‘doing work that matters’ doesn’t mean you have to quit your job

work that matters

Half a decade ago, I (along with half the world, it feels like) got caught up in the lifestyle business craze when I read Tim Ferris’ The Four Hour Workweek for the first time. Since then I’ve read dozens and dozens of books on self-help, entrepreneurship, lifestyle design, and more. And there’s one phrase that has really made the rounds. One that has turned into a bit of a buzzword in books and on the internet. And I totally understand why:

5 Systems that will turn your freelance design business into a well-oiled machine

Well-Oiled Machine

Being a freelance designer is one of the most fulfilling careers you can embark on. Think about it – you spend some time honing your design skills, and then use your skills to make an income, hopefully enough to support yourself full-time. And beyond doing work that you’re passionate about, you also have the luxury of working remotely from virtually anywhere in the world. Who wouldn’t love it right?! Mmm, I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but it doesn’t

Do you get more freelance work as a jack of all trades?

freelancing jack of all trades

What’s better, being an expert at one thing or not too bad at a few things? By being a jack of all trades, would you get more work? Yes and no. Yes, because you’ll be more capable to take on projects you normally wouldn’t. And no, because if you focus your strengths and become an expert at it, you’ll get more quality leads. Either way, would you get more work? Probably not. At least not quality work. You might get

Three lies that scare freelancers into being average

lies that make freelancers average

Do you feel like your work isn’t good enough? Rates too low because you’re afraid clients won’t pay more? Afraid to contact your dream client because you don’t feel like you’re ready? I’ve had those feelings before. Most of us have. It’s natural to feel insecure at times. As a freelancer you have to live with those feelings and not be afraid to learn from your mistakes. Let’s take a look at just a few different types of insecurities that

The power of side-projects for creative freelancers

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Late last year I made the effort to set aside time at least once a week to work on side projects. During this time, I have learned and grown so much in my design career just from making the time to start. I think you should consider doing the same! Set aside time to work on your own side projects today! There are many reasons for a self-employed creative to work on a side project. It’s a good way to

Is there “big money” to be made as a freelance designer?

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Late last year a reader reached out to me with doubts about staying in the graphic design industry. He tried researching various aspects of being a freelance graphic designer, but struggled to find the information that he wanted to hear – the information that stated how graphic designers can make “big money”. If you were to look at some high paying professions like being a movie star, lawyer or something in the medical field – they have the potential to

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

How to receive payments: 10 tools for freelancers

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Working as a freelancer undoubtedly has wonderful perks and advantages – like being able to take on a job in the convenience of your own home and having more free time for yourself. However, there’s always the worry of not receiving payment, particularly when working with clients who are thousands of miles away. Also see: “What should you get paid on your first design project?“ In case you’re wondering about the best ways freelancers can receive funds, here’s a roundup

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