How freelancers can compete with design marketplace sites

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The last few posts I’ve written here have all come from excellent reader suggestions on this post. Today’s is no different. Joe Malleck writes: One topic that I’m interested in is what a designer’s future role in the marketplace is. With the uprising of theme marketplaces and the awareness that you can essentially purchase design as a commodity, where do we as designers fit into this new landscape? How can we leverage our skills and insight to make fortunes, without

Help me name my design business! + tips on naming yours

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GDB readers, it’s time to name my design business, and I really need your help. But first, a little back story: When I got laid off last February after 5 years with the company, I was devastated. I loved my core coworkers. I needed the paycheck. I hated that I had been chosen as the weakest link (which probably isn’t true – I also received the biggest paycheck). I cried. And then… literally the next day I started looking for

Don’t hate freelancers with full-time jobs

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If you’ve followed the blog for very long, you know that I used to exclusively work as a freelance designer until about a year ago when I got a full-time job working in marketing. Since that time, I’ve had a lot of people who have wondered what advice I can offer since I’m not a “real freelancer.” Today, I advocate an anti-hate campaign for all you freelancers out there who also have full-time jobs. Guess what: I love my full-time

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 6: Not asking for referrals

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This post is part 5 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 Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 3: Burning bridges Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 4: Working for family Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 5: Missing deadlines Happy Monday! Today, we continue our

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 5: Missing deadlines

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This post is part 5 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 Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 3: Burning bridges Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 4: Working for family There are a small number of things you can do that will completely ruin your relationship with

How designers should use Google+ to build their business

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Google+ has an interesting approach to social interaction. Google looked at how people socialize in the real world and they applied it to Google+. For instance, instead of everybody being able to see what you’re saying, you can group people into Circles and choose who sees what. With that approach, designers can use Google+ in interesting ways. We can connect, be inspired, and share with people. If you are a designer and have Google+, try using it in these three

5 Twitter Tips to Boost Your Design Business

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Twitter has more than 10 million users and is growing every day. Everyone from celebrities to the average person is on Twitter. If you’re not on Twitter, you’re possibly missing out on interesting content and people – not to mention business opportunities. Designers can take advantage of Twitter to get known and find more clients. If you have a Twitter account, try these simple tips to boost your business. If you don’t have an account, get one and start today!

5 Common Ways Designers Screw Up Their Cover Letters

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Cover letters are a great way to make a positive first impression. In the design world, the purpose of a cover letter is to introduce a portion of your work history, to exhibit your ability to write intelligently about yourself and your work, to explain the ways in which your work can benefit the hiring company, and to express a bit of your personality. It is a rather tall order to hope to accomplish this in a few, succinct paragraphs,