Why designers should consider tolerating spec work

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Spec Work has always been a controversial subject in the world of design. Why should you work with no guarantee of getting paid? Many designers claim that it signals the end of the industry. To me, however, it’s the future of the industry. What is Spec Work? Spec work, or speculative work, to refer to
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6 Questions to ask yourself before attempting a redesign

This article brought to you by:Visit UPrinting.com, the online printer that understands the needs of designers. Recently, I asked all my friends* on twitter what sorts of articles they would like to read about here on GDB. One friend suggested a sort of checklist-style article about preparing for a redesign. Hence the following article. If
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How to turn design clients into raving fans who bring you more business

Lately my business partner and I have been going to quite a few networking events – some that are more casual mixers, and others that are more formal. Through these events come opportunities to interact with good people. In speaking with many of these people, I’ve noticed an underlying attitude that can be summed up
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How having the right people around you can boost design business

This article brought to you by:Reach out to potential clients with brochures and business cards from UPrinting. One of the things about being a freelancer is you end up spending a lot of time alone. After all, you work at your computer, at home, or in cafes, and only you and your expertise are required
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What’s really keeping you from freelancing?

I‘ve been there before. You wake up every morning, dreading the day ahead of you. You drag yourself into work, find a pile of sticky notes on your desk, make it through lunch, and work through the afternoon looking at the clock every 30 minutes. Every day on the drive home you think to yourself,
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Are you taking enough time to build your design business?

This article brought to you by:Reach out to potential clients with brochures and business cards from UPrinting. Not long ago, I read the E-Myth Revisited (affiliate link), a phenomenal book about entrepreneurship. One of the most life-changing (or I guess you could say business-changing) concepts understood from the book was the importance taking time to
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11 ways to grow your design business in less than an hour

Whether you are working as a freelance designer, in a design firm, or otherwise, it’s important to be able to help your design business grow on a regular basis. But let’s face it, marketing your design business frequently becomes the “project you’ll get to when you have time”. Since no one is directly paying you
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A creative Post-It Note approach to managing design projects

Imagine you just landed a dream project from a dream client (you know, the one that says money is no object, pays all up front, and if you ask for something, well, you won’t need to ask for something, it’ll be there already!), and you’re just about to get going, when, all of a sudden,
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