How some clients rip off designers – and how you can avoid it

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The more I work with designers to help them build their design business, the more I realize there is a common trick that clients use to rip off freelance designers. Some of them do it on purpose to get more work for less money, but many clients just don’t know that they’re doing it. And a lot of designers are getting ripped off because of it. The real culprit behind ripping off designers So what’s the most common way I

Where all the great design clients are hiding (Shh, don't tell anyone)

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Have you ever beat your head against a wall after getting off the phone with one of those clients who just really gets on your nerves? You know the kind of client I’m talking about. And we’ve all had them before. In fact, if you’ve ever (like me) found yourself thinking “Where are all the great design clients?” then don’t worry, you’re not alone. Finding clients is tough… But finding great clients is even harder. It’s much easier to settle

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 3: Burning bridges

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This post is part 3 of a series. Read the rest of the series here: Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 2: Allowing a discount For today’s addition to the Common mistakes designers make series, I’d like to discuss one that I had a personal experience with recently. In case you didn’t know, recently I got an office job. I still freelance design on the

Is being a freelance designer worth it?

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Someone asked me recently if all the work and stress that goes into being a freelance designer is worth it. (Before I jump too far into this post, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment and answer the question: ‘Is freelance designing worth it?’) It’s worth what you make of it My answer to this concerned designer about to make the switch to freelancing: you get out of it what you put into it. If you’re looking

The designer's guide to killing distractions and getting more done

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A designer’s life nowadays is very hectic. We have to keep up with our clients, our finances, our personal life, our professional life, and generally anything on the internet. Our minds are constantly racing while we try to multi-task everything at once. However, keeping track of all of that will get in the way of the most important part of being a designer, designing. If you’re checking Facebook and your emails all the time, where can you fit in design?

When to offer extra services to your design clients

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Have you ever started working on a design project for a client, only to realize that they need a lot of design work done in more than one area of their business? For example: I was hired to design a web site for a local entertainment center and realized that they also needed a whole new branded look including business cards, flyers, and (of course) the web site that they hired me to do. I realized in that moment, that

The freelancer's plateau (and how to overcome it)

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In the career of every freelance designer comes a plateau; a moment when you simply can’t make any more money because you don’t have any more time to give to your business. This has always been the inherent problem with freelance designing: no matter how hard you work, there are only 24 hours in a day. Once you max out your hours, you can’t make more money without raising your rates. If you haven’t hit this plateau yet, you will.

9 tips to be a productive designer while working at home

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Being your own boss is definitely fun. However, one of the greatest downfalls of freelancing is that it can be very easy to become lazy and unproductive without the pressure of having a supervisor. The road from procrastinating to inefficiency is definitely a slippery slope. Today I’d like to give you a 9 tips I found to be useful in boosting productivity when working from home. 1. Comfort can be our biggest enemy Not having the pressure of a boss