4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them

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Whether you’re a new freelancer, a freelancer-to-be, or a freelancer with a few (okay, a lot of) years under your belt, one of the most efficient ways to learn is from mistakes…preferably some someone else’s. But that’s not always easy to talk about. (How many peers do you feel comfortable asking about their biggest mistake(s)? Chances are, not very many, if at all.) So here’s a list of my biggest mistakes I wish I had learned from someone else (hopefully,

6 painful lessons I learned as a rookie web designer

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It was 2007 and business was booming. I was getting 2-3 requests for web development work a day and could barely keep up. To cope with the growth, I brought my brother and a friend into the business with me. Neither had much experience, but I figured I could train them quickly. Then, I met the client. I’ll call him Bob. He was a nice guy and it looked like it would be a great project. He was designing his

Common mistakes designers make with clients – Part 1: Not signing a contract

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Working this clients can be a difficult task. With lots of training and practice designing logos or web sites and very little practice or official training on working with people, it’s easy for us to make serious mistakes when working with clients. Today, I’d like to start a new series where we discuss a number of common mistakes designers make when working with clients. Mistake #1 will be (because it’s one of the most common ones I see) not signing

Top mistakes designers make when designing brochures

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Mistake 1 – Trying to include too much One of the classic mistakes many people make when designing their own booklets is including everything about their business. All this succeeds in is creating a piece of literature that is over complicated and difficult for a potential client to follow. Instead, think about one of two key areas of your product or service and make a feature of these, you can still mention more information as a simple bulleted list. Mistake

The Classic Rookie Mistake Many Freelance Designers Make

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I’ve had an interesting paradigm shift lately. I have had need to hire a few freelance designers to take over projects I simply don’t have time for. This means I’ve had a chance to interview them (which I wrote about here), ask quotes from them (which I’ll write about today), and work closely with them. I recently had an encounter with a freelance designer that made me want to fire him on the spot. And I think it’s a common