My secret to making steady money as a freelance designer

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We share tips for making money as a freelancer here at GDB all the time. They include: upselling your design projects, generating passive income, specializing in a particular discipline or skill, and many many more. But there’s one key to making steady money as a freelance designer that I fear I haven’t been very clear about. It’s not that I’m trying to hide anything from you – I want you to be successful too! But it’s something that I have just

The ultimate list of mobile business apps for freelance designers

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Being a freelancer you’re able to work anywhere you choose, and sometimes you can’t always be tied down to your home setup – but with the help of your mobile device(s), you can work virtually anywhere! Whether you’re going on vacation, riding the train, or sitting in a coffee shop – your freelance business doesn’t have to be put on hold. Aside from the regular social media apps almost all of us already have installed (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), here

Why most freelancers never reach their dreams

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A note from Preston: Hey everyone, today I am excited to announce that Brent Galloway is joining the official writing staff for GraphicDesignBlender.com! Brent has written a lot of great content in the past and offered a fantastic post here at GDB just a matter of months ago. I’m excited to have him join our team! As a freelance designer, Brent will bring some excellent experiences, solutions, and advice to our conversations. After reading his post today, be sure to

“We” vs “I” – the best pronoun for a freelance business

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If you’re like me, once you started using your official business name, “we” vs “I” became a big issue. Which sounds better? Am I misrepresenting myself if I use we? What will clients prefer? Think about who your target client is and who they are most likely to hire. What business traits do they expect their designers to have? When do they expect you to be available? How much are they willing to spend? How do they perceive you, and

6 Signs you’re going to be a great freelance designer

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Do you ever wonder if you can make it as a freelancer? I mean, are you afraid to leave your full-time job even if you hate it to pursue the freelance lifestyle? There’s nothing wrong with a full-time day job (I have one), but many designers choose to stay at a dead-end job despite their intense desire to branch out on their own and start freelancing. So what keeps them from reaching for their dreams? Almost always, it’s the same

Freelance preparedness: how to keep a business alive when times get hard

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Remember Preston’s recent post about not creating another job for yourself as a freelancer? How one of the great perks about freelancing is freedom, and how the world will not explode if you take a week off? Recently I wrote about how to make taking vacation a stress-free transition, but what about those unexpected emergencies? You know, family emergencies, prolonged sickness, personal issues, extreme weather, or even a time where you’re physically unable to work. It’s these types of situations

Why I never explain my designs before revealing them to my client

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In 2009, I wrote a post titled “7 tips on presenting logos to a client” and more than three years later I got this tweet from @thomshouse: I was curious of the order in which you present a logo… Do you lead with the logo, then discuss the “why”… Or discuss first, building up to the reveal? Today, I want to share my answer with all of you and then I want to hear what you have to say (leave

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