How to stay motivated when solo business has got you in a rut

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Ever have one of those days (weeks?) where you just can’t seem to get yourself motivated? And I mean REALLY unmotivated, like nothing — not even dusting to avoid work — can tear you away from putting off life in general. Maybe it feels like there’s such a mountain of work ahead of you (house chores included!) that you don’t know where to start. Maybe your current projects aren’t terribly exciting. Maybe you’re feeling a bit burnt out. Or maybe

The ultimate list of mobile business apps for freelance designers

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Being a freelancer you’re able to work anywhere you choose, and sometimes you can’t always be tied down to your home setup – but with the help of your mobile device(s), you can work virtually anywhere! Whether you’re going on vacation, riding the train, or sitting in a coffee shop – your freelance business doesn’t have to be put on hold. Aside from the regular social media apps almost all of us already have installed (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), here

What’s the best way to backup your design files?

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I get questions all the time about running a design business and usually, I can kindly point readers to a past post on Graphic Design Blender, but I absolutely LOVE it when a reader stumps me with a question. Why do I love it? Because now I get to ask you and learn from you! That’s right. Today, the tables are turning and I need your help answering a reader’s question. Here’s a summary of the email I received from

Are you giving your design business the time it deserves?

If you’re anything like me, you have a lot to do. Running a design business isn’t easy and there are a million different pieces to your design business. It can be pretty common to let some less-important tasks fall through the cracks. But you need to give your design business the time it deserves in order to keep growing. Today, I want to let you in on a few ways I manage to give my design business (and this design

Take your design career to the next level with a freelancing mentor

Have you been freelancing for a while now with less success than you had hoped for when you started out? Maybe you’re just getting started on the freelance scene and feel like a fish out of water. Whatever concerns you have  about freelancing, many of them can be resolved with a freelancing mentor. What is a freelancing mentor? The concept of finding a freelance mentor is not a new one. Plenty of freelancers do it. A freelancing mentor is simply

10 Extremely Easy Ways To Find & Win New Design Business

I’ve been a Graphic Designer for nearly 20 years now. I’ve been a Graphic Design Boss for around 10 of those years and one of the things I’ve had to learn is how to win new design business. To be honest the finding new business hasn’t come easy to me. I’ve done it sometimes through gritted teeth. Winning new business isn’t easy at the best of times because you may be introverted like me. By your own nature you probably

25 Nuggets of Entrepreneurial Wisdom for Designers

I know you’re busy working in and on your design business, so I don’t want to take too much of your time today, but I’d like to offer 25 solid pieces of entrepreneurial advice. I got these gems from a book I read not too long ago titled “The One Minute Entrepreneur“. It offers many more tips on becoming a successful entrepreneur, but I have chosen my 25 favorite pieces of advice to share with you today. Which one is

Ten things I’ve learned (so far) about starting a freelance design business

Over the past few months I’ve been working on getting starting a freelance design business. It’s definitely been a learning experience (in a good way, mostly), and I thought I’d share some tips that I’ve come across. Determining Business Structure There are many structures, but the most common for freelances are Sole Proprietor and LLC. I had a hard time deciding between the two. A Sole Proprietorship is an unincorporated business that you own by yourself. Basically you’re personally responsible