Don’t make these five big mistakes that turn freelancers into failures

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I recently read this comment from a pessimist in the freelance community: “Freelancing is a joke! There is no money in web design unless you are employed full-time by a company making a salary. Nobody pays real money anymore. They just go to any of the big template shops and pay $60 for a design, or hire some college kid for 100 bucks to build a site.” (If you disagree with this stance, please spread the word on this post

4 things all freelancers should be doing online

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Whether you’re a freelance graphic designer, web developer, writer, photographer, or any other type of business – an online presence is a vital part and can make or break your success. The important question is: are you building an effective online presence? From a client’s perspective, they’re looking to work with someone who is loyal, honest, and can get the job done. But, it doesn’t hurt to feel like they know who they’re working with, even if you’ve never met

Consistency in freelancing: why the most successful freelancers do it and the rest fall behind

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It’s been proven: consistency is a key to success. Not just in the design or business world, but even in your day to day life. Popular designers, bloggers, or even YouTubers put out content on an appropriate, consistent level and they get a returning audience as a result. So how do you reach success, and how long will it take? How much will you have to create to become popular? Although these questions can’t be given a specific answer, it’s

Should freelancers work directly with clients or hire a middle man?

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Some may call it the lazy way to freelance, but I like to think of it as a way to focus your time on the projects instead of looking for them. First off – if you’re unfamiliar with what (or who) a middleman is; it’s a person who arranges and deals between the producer (freelancer) and consumer (the actual client). Think of your middleman client as an ultimate referral: they’re marketing your services for you, and if things go well,

The real truth about finding more freelance design work

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One of the biggest struggles in freelancing has to be finding new graphic design work. If you’re like me, you’ve probably read countless blog posts on the subject. I still find myself every now and then when times are tough making that search into Google – hoping that I’ll find a new and secret way of finding work. The real truth is, I already know everything there is to finding new work – and so do you! What do we

How to make your home office a sanctuary (and never rent office space again!)

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When you’re stuck in a cubicle, all you can dream about is the freedom of working from home. Your own office, your own tools, your own decor…oh, it’s simply glorious! Then real life smacks you in the face: you’re distracted by a steady stream of interruptions, your backside hurts from sitting on your hard kitchen chair all day, and someone moved those notes that you absolutely must have for your client meeting. But before you justify the financial burden of

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

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

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