Tried to fire my client, it backfired, and somehow our business relationship improved!

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Yes, you’re reading that right. I tried to fire my client, and it backfired – so well, in fact, that our business relationship has improved! So what happened? Let me tell you… Deciding to fire my client Most of you are probably thinking I’m crazy. Turning away someone who wants to pay me for my skills – absurd (or is it?)! Truly, though, I had had enough. The project was WAY behind schedule, the client changed her mind on overall

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

How I took my design hobby to the next level and created a business

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Last year I knew I wanted to take freelancing as a career more seriously. Not for just work on the side or for extra cash, but to actually call myself a freelance graphic designer and make a living off it. I knew I had to think big. Make a real business out of what I wanted to do: design! So here’s how I took design from a hobby to a full-time profession: Established a new (consistent) look I use “look”

How to grow your freelance business without hiring more staff

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If you were around at the beginning of the year, you remember that in late 2011, GraphicDesignBlender.com was seriously hacked. The site was down for a few weeks and it was quite a challenge to recover fully. Once we finally got back on our feet, we upgraded the whole site and I kicked off the new year with a question: What do you want to read about in 2012? Well, tons of you answered and gave us some great material

What should you get paid on your first freelance project?

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So you’re ready to freelance huh? You’ve got your web site up. You’ve got some school projects in your portfolio. You’re ready to start calling clients and pitching your services. So what’s stopping you? If you’re like a lot of designers I talk to regularly, you don’t know how much to charge for your first freelance project. The most common deterrant Believe it or not, I think this is one of the most common reasons freelance designers don’t take the

How to stick to your business goals when the going gets tough

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Did you read my earlier post about how I set my first 10 design business goals? It’s been less than a year since I first wrote them, and already I have reached some of them (and set new ones)! (PS: Preston also posted a video blog about the importance of setting annual goals.) Okay, okay, so you know you should have business goals, and hopefully you developed some great ones, but now months have passed… are you sticking to them?

Is your location killing your freelance business?

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One of the beautiful things about being a freelance designer is the freedom to live where you want, be it within walking distance of the ocean, near family, or three floors above the most awesome coffee shop downtown. But does location matter? Are freelancers elsewhere enjoying more business success due to their location? Would your business benefit from moving? Whether you’re enjoying a steady stream of work or hoping for that next client, answer the questions below to determine whether

50 Stunning design portfolios you MUST see before (re)designing yours

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Feeling like your (online) portfolio needs a face lift but in need of some inspiration? === UPDATE: We’re giving away a FREE portfolio site critique PLUS sharing the best way to upgrade your portfolio site in less than 20 minutes. Check it all out at this link. === I’ve compiled a list of 50 awesome portfolio designs and a short blurb on why I’ve chosen them, categorized alphabetically by awesome design element, to spark creativity for designing or redesigning yours. Take

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