10 Tips for Starting Your Own Design Business

Design businesses appear to be easy to start until it’s time to find clients. Networking groups can be a source of clients, but the quality of work will retain customers over time. Every person who wishes to start a design business will not be successful just for having the idea. Take the time to work through these ten tips to make a good decision prior to starting a design business of your own. 1. Evaluate your personality Some people are

10 Attributes of successful freelance designers

Diligence A freelance designer has to be diligent. After all, you’re working hard not only to design great pieces, but to find new clients, bill current clients, follow up with old clients, file taxes, market your business, and more. If you’re not diligent, you’ll never make it as a freelance designer. Patience Being successful as a freelance designer is all about being patient. When your client won’t stop calling you on the weekend, when you can’t seem to find new

Freelancing: Using your own name vs. Creating a business name

A couple days ago, we discussed some essential pointers for naming your design business. Today, I’d like to discuss a topic that comes up frequently in my discussions with freelance designers. Should you market yourself using your own name or create a business name? There are Pros and Cons to each option and today I would like to explore each side. Using your own name One option that a lot of freelance designers take is to use their own name

Essential Pointers for Naming your Design Business

Bringing in a significant amount of business is all about first impressions. And how you name your design business is vital to create a solid first impression. But even though a rose by any other name might just smell as sweet, a design business by the wrong name can crash and burn if you’re not careful. If you’re thinking of starting your own design business, take a look at a few of these essential pointers for naming your design business:

Charging what you're worth: a few tips for underpaid designers

So you’re a freelance designer, eh? You’re living the big life because you are doing what you love and getting paid for it. The only problem is, you’re not getting paid very much. But who cares, right. I mean, you get to work on your shiny apple computer designing pretty things for clients all day long. You don’t care that you don’t make much money as long as you get to do something you love. Stop lying to yourself. I’m

The Classic Rookie Mistake Many Freelance Designers Make

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

How to build a rockstar design business without going broke

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.

How to deal with clients who micromanage

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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