10 tips for creating the ideal freelance design workspace

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One of the main draws of the freelance lifestyle these days is the ability to work wherever and whenever you want. Setting up my freelance business has left me with these guidelines for the ideal workspace.

How long should a designer fight a client about a poor design decision?

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If you’ve been designing for long, you’ve experienced a scenario like I am going through right now: You’ve met with your client, discussed the details of the project, signed a contract, and made some major progress on your project. Now, significantly through your process, your client hits you with a request that just makes your teeth hurt. It’s one of those requests that goes against everything you’ve ever learned about good design. Whether it’s auto-starting music on their web site,

What motivates you to be a freelance designer? Freelance for the right reasons.

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Each week at GDB, Dan Sweet provides priceless tips and helpful secrets to make your freelance design venture a success. You can connect with Dan on twitter or at dansweetdesign.com. I  quit my job last spring, mostly because my wife and I had our eyes set on the “big city metropolitan lifestyle,” and we were getting tired of the small college town we lived in. After several half-hearted attempts at finding full-time employment, we decided that it was time to

Design vs. Goliath: How freelance designers can compete with large design firms

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Hey freelance designers: just because you’re a one-person show doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to find high-caliber, high-paying clients. Ignore the myth that you can’t compete with what a large design firm has to offer. You have things they can’t offer. This post is all about leveraging your strengths in order to compete with large design firms. We’ll explore a few advantages you have as a freelancer today and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Compete

The truth about what clients look for in a designer

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Have you ever wondered what makes a client choose one designer over another? Well, wonder no more, my friends. Today, I’d like to tell you the truth about what clients look for in a designer. The myths First, it’s important we understand a few of the myths that designers have come to believe about being hired by a client. Myth 1: Clients only hire designers with years of experience A lot of designers (mostly really new designers) think they don’t

58 Topics to write about on your design blog

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If you have a design blog, I can almost guarantee that at one point or another, you’ve hit a brick wall when it comes to content. After all, producing great content on a daily or weekly basis can be more difficult than it sounds. So today, I would like to offer a useful list of topics you can write about on your design blog. I’m sure I’ll leave some out, so add your suggestions in the comments. 58 topics to

Master your elevator pitch and win more design clients

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A couple days ago, we discussed which job title you should put on your business card as a freelance designer. That got me thinking about how important it is to be able to explain your business to other people quickly and effectively. The most common technique of mastering how to talk about your business is called an elevator pitch. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, here’s where it basically comes from: Imagine you were on vacation or downtown and you

What job title should a freelance designer use?

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Have you ever wondered what title you should give yourself? If you’ve been a freelance designer for long, it’s likely you have encountered a situation where you need to have a title. Perhaps you were trying to print business cards. Maybe you were trying to tell someone what you do for a living and had a hard time explaining what you are. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, read on. Today we’ll suggest a few options for which title