“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

What to do when your client breaks a signed contract

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We talk a lot about contracts here at GDB (see bottom of this post for a list of resources for working with contracts as a designer). But one thing we don’t talk about very often is what to do when/if your client breaks his terms of the deal. Since most designers (myself included) don’t get super-jazzed up when it comes to legal-speak, I’d like to try to break it down into right-brained language today. PS: I’m no lawyer. I will

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

6 painful lessons I learned as a rookie web designer

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It was 2007 and business was booming. I was getting 2-3 requests for web development work a day and could barely keep up. To cope with the growth, I brought my brother and a friend into the business with me. Neither had much experience, but I figured I could train them quickly. Then, I met the client. I’ll call him Bob. He was a nice guy and it looked like it would be a great project. He was designing his

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”