The simple change that brought my design blog to life

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Is your design blog dead? Mine was too. I’ve been a blogger for a long time, but I never really had one that took off. I mean, I’ve had a few readers here and there, a few comments now and again, and some traffic trickle in, but I never had a blog that allowed me to interact with people in my industry. I never had a blog that made me any money. I never had a blog that was read

Finding your design niche: 70 ideas to get you started

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There’s a continuous debate in the design community (that I don’t plan on diving into today. If you’re interested, read here.) about whether or not a designer should specialize in one specific area or strive to be a jack-of-all trades. For designers who think it would be beneficial to find a super-specific niche, today we give you 70 ideas to get your creative juices flowing. This list of possible design niches will jumpstart your creativity and help you decide where

Overwhelmed Designers, Lighten Your Workload by Outsourcing

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Outsourcing has negative connotations (at least here in the states). Whenever you mention outsourcing you immediately get comments like “Why would you send jobs overseas just to save a few dollars?” or “That’s the real problem with the global economy today!”. To those of you who are about to read this post on outsourcing and leave a similar comment, I have just one word: Relax. Whether or not I think first-world countries should send jobs to third-world countries is irrelevant,

Mastering the art of the follow-up: tips for freelance designers

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Have you ever pitched to a potential client or perhaps responded to a request for proposal and then never heard back from anyone on the project? If you don’t hear back from a potential client, it might have been your fault, not theirs. Mastering the art of the follow-up is a difficult thing. But with the tips you’ll find below, you’ll be landing new jobs and finding new clients left and right. Assuming you did great in the interview, submitted

10 Tips for Starting Your Own Design Business

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Starting your own design business appears to be easy until it’s time to find clients. Networking groups can be a source of clients, but the quality of work will retain customers over time. Every person who wishes to start a design business will not be successful just for having the idea. Take the time to work through these ten tips to make a good decision prior to starting a design business of your own. 1. Evaluate your personality Some people

10 Attributes of successful freelance designers

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Diligence A freelance designer has to be diligent. After all, you’re working hard not only to design great pieces, but to find new clients, bill current clients, follow up with old clients, file taxes, market your business, and more. If you’re not diligent, you’ll never make it as a freelance designer. Patience Being successful as a freelance designer is all about being patient. When your client won’t stop calling you on the weekend, when you can’t seem to find new

Stop throwing your design profits down the toilet

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Running a design business is hard. And sometimes it can be pretty touch on your pocketbook. But there are some pretty common ways we all throw our profits down the toilet. Today, I’ll mention a few and attempt to help you avoid them. After you read through the list, let me know which ones you relate to the most and how you’re going to put your saved money to better use. Toilet Trap #1: New Technology You don’t need to

Freelancing: Using your own name vs. Creating a business name

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A couple days ago, we discussed some essential pointers for naming your design business. Today, I’d like to discuss a topic that comes up frequently in my discussions with freelance designers. Should you market yourself using your own name or create a business name? There are Pros and Cons to each option and today I would like to explore each side. Using your own name One option that a lot of freelance designers take is to use their own name