The Classic Rookie Mistake Many Freelance Designers Make

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I’ve had an interesting paradigm shift lately. I have had need to hire a few freelance designers to take over projects I simply don’t have time for. This means I’ve had a chance to interview them (which I wrote about here), ask quotes from them (which I’ll write about today), and work closely with them. I recently had an encounter with a freelance designer that made me want to fire him on the spot. And I think it’s a common

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How to build a rockstar design business without going broke

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Starting a business is no easy task. It takes time, effort, and (a lot of times) a whole heap of money. But there are lots of designers who have built a rockstar design business without spending their life savings away. And you can too. This article will offer a few money-saving techniques that will help you build your design business without going broke. If you have more to add to this short list, take a second and leave a comment.

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How to deal with clients who micromanage

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Since GDB is a blog that helps designers build a successful business, I like to keep my eye out for common problems that designers face as they try to be successful in the business world. As I read forums, answer emails, and (I’ll admit it) even glance through few scenarios on Clients from Hell, there seems to be a client-relationship issue that keeps coming up again and again: Micromanagement. Micromanagement is when a client wants to have his hand in

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How to impress design clients and get more business

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Whether you are a freelance designer or work at a design agency, there are almost always two important goals at the forefront of your mind: Impress your current clients & bring in more business. If you’ve been working at building a business for very long, you’ll also realize that these two goals are very directly related to one another. Because a happy client is a chatty client. They tell their business partners or friends about the great work you do

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Why some freelance designers become rich while others don't

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Take a moment and scan the web for successful freelance designers. I mean financially successful freelance designers. I’m not talking about designers who have a great following on their blog, I’m not even talking about designers who crank out phenomenal work on Dribbble. I’m talking about designers who make more-than-enough money to get them by. Freelance designers who are rich. So why is it that some freelance designers get rich while others barely get by (all under the guise that

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Putting a price tag on design

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How much do you charge for your design services? And how in the world did you come up with those numbers? There are a lot of different factors to consider when establishing your pricing methods as a designer and, frankly, a lot of designers have no clue when it comes to effective pricing. This post will cover a few solid strategies to help you as you determine how much to charge. If you have any tips to add, please do

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Should you include your age in your design portfolio?

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From time to time, I like to visit the web sites and portfolios of designers who comment on the blog here, join the facebook page, or follow me on twitter. I am always interested in finding new talent, meeting new designers, and gaining new inspiration. The other day, while perusing a few sites, I was taken aback by something I read in the “about me” section. The first paragraph started like this: Hi, my name is ********. I’m a 16-year-old

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Pitching to design clients: how to win the account

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I had a pretty unusual experience the other day. You see, as a web designer, I am used to visiting clients and pitching my services to them in hopes that I will win the account. But a few days ago, I had the chance to be pitched to for a web project that I simply don’t have the time to do on my own. I sat in interviews with multiple web designers and web design agencies and I LOVED what

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