A creative Post-It Note approach to managing design projects

Imagine you just landed a dream project from a dream client (you know, the one that says money is no object, pays all up front, and if you ask for something, well, you won’t need to ask for something, it’ll be there already!), and you’re just about to get going, when, all of a sudden, you realise that you need to make sure you do the work right to keep the dream client coming back. So you spend a bit

How to keep design clients coming back for more

A little while ago, Graphic Design Blender explored the phenomena of clients returning after a serious lapse in time. The article brought up various circumstances and offered solid advice that everyone should take into consideration. But what about those designers who rely on return clients in order to stay in business? How do you keep them coming back and how do you keep all parties involved satisfied? A little background Along with my freelance business, I work at Fox Chase

3 reasons to think twice before offering free design services

Starting out as a new designer, many are tempted to offer their services for free in order to branch out and develop an audience for your work. However, with the Freemium notion, comes the adverse reaction to offering your services for free. I have been a designer for quite sometime and I have seen both sides to the free services concept. I decided to share with you some of the negative impacts associated with offering free design services upfront. 1.

OPEN DISCUSSION: Unpaid Design Internships – A Viable Option?

So you’ve graduated from college with a shiny degree in Graphic Design or other commercial art/media degree – you’re excited to jump into the job market and apply your skills and be challenged! Amidst your heavy job hunting, meeting with local agencies and sending work out, you notice a fair amount of postings for internships in your field, both small & large. Many are unpaid and targeted for undergraduate students only, but some look like viable opportunities to work with

Getting paid: A designer’s two-minute guide to invoicing

Many freelancer designers seem to shy away or delay the process of invoicing a client after a project is completed. Somehow this same notion is shared by the client when it comes to paying-they shy away from it. Admittedly, invoicing is no easy task, especially when it comes to collecting a late payment, but it’s time for designers everywhere to be more bold in requesting payment for their work completed. We all have had invoices that were either ignored or

As a designer, your network affects your net worth

In a perfect world, clients would just find us and we wouldn’t have to do anything except turn in a beautifully-designed project, collect the accolades, and see our client lists grow. Unfortunately, even for top-quality professionals, achieving steady client growth is sometimes the most difficult. I was fortunate to launch my design firm coming out of a large firm,having worked on some large campaigns. But while my design credentials and background were strong, I had considerably less experience in developing

How to upsell your next design project

Whether you work at a design firm or as a freelance designer, finding the perfect amount of clients to pay the bills and do the quality of work you desire can can be a huge challenge. One tactic many designers forget to take full advantage of is upselling. However mastering the art of upselling can take your graphic or web design business to the next level. You don’t have to be the world’s best salesman to upsell your design project.

The ultimate guide to designing a better business website

There are a million different reasons why business owners decide to undertake a new website design. Some sites are simply used to experiment with business models, other sites are used to share information about family or friends, but many sites are designed to help a business grow. Many business owners, however, don’t understand the vital details of designing a business website that really boosts business. Usually, it’s not enough to have information about your company, a few pretty pictures, and

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