Don’t ignore these warning signs of a bad design client

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We have all heard horror stories about clients. Some take advantage of freelancers, some are unwilling to listen, and some are just outright disrespectful. No freelance designer should have to work with somebody like that. A bad client will only bring unnecessary stress and anxiety onto a freelance designer. However, it’s not hard to spot these bad clients. Look for these warning signs to figure out if your client is going to be troublesome. (And if you have some additional

15 Free Tools to Manage Your Freelance Design Business

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Managing a freelance design business takes a lot of work. A freelance designer has to manage their projects, their clients, their files, and many more. It’s a lot to do for one person. There are many ways you can manage your freelance design business, such as hiring a virtual assistant or investing in expensive software, but as freelancers, we are on a limited to budget. Luckily, there are many free tools you can use today to manage your business. Take

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?

How to convince your design clients to hire you again

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Any good entrepreneur knows that it’s easier, cheaper, and more effective to sell to existing customers than it is to find and sell to new customers. A design business is no different. Many freelance designers waste a lot of time and opportunities in trying to find new clients instead of working on ways to convince their current and past clients to hire them again. Today, I’d like to recommend a few techniques on convincing your design clients to hire you

20 Unique ways freelancers can use business cards to find new design clients

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Business cards are important for designers to have. They sum up what services/products you offer and how somebody can contact you on a small piece of paper. However, most designers don’t take advantage of their usefulness. They usually sit at home or in their pocket, never in the hands of somebody else. Don’t let them go to waste by using these unique ways to distribute your business cards and gain more clients. (If you have any to add, we’d love

The referral-grabbing tips of successful freelance designers

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Marketing is a hassle, especially for designers. Usually we like to focus more on the design part of our business and less on the business part. We don’t particularly enjoy marketing tasks, but we are forced to do it or we won’t gain clients. What if I told you there was an easy marketing tactic to get repeat business? You would probably say I’m crazy, but I’m not. Several businesses have been using referrals to generate consistent clients and it’s

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.

Charging for freelance design: by the hour or per project?

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Have you ever found yourself pulling your hair out over how much to charge for a design project? It can be very frustrating and usually ends up costing you more time (and thus money) than it should. There is some debate on the merits of having an hourly rate that you charge for everything, or setting prices for certain design services and sticking to those. There are definitely pros and cons to both methods, and it really ends up depending

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