17 Tips for Effective Freelance Business Planning

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Freelancing can be a tough business, regardless of in which field you are attempting to freelance. Like a regular business, there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind; some of these tips can make your business venture a smoother transition, and some will just make your life easier in the long run. The following list are seventeen things to avoid doing prior to starting freelancing, which will make for a much more effective business endeavor. 1. Do

OPEN DISCUSSION: Long-term vs. Short-term Design Clients

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Every once and a while here at GDB, we like to turn the editorial tables and let you share your ideas with us. After all, we know that some of the brightest designers/entrepreneurs take advice from us on a weekly basis, so we’re asking you to share your thoughts this time around.We did this a couple times before concerning How to find freelance design clients and Unpaid design internships and it has always been a real success. Check out the

Why designers should consider tolerating spec work

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Spec Work has always been a controversial subject in the world of design. Why should you work with no guarantee of getting paid? Many designers claim that it signals the end of the industry. To me, however, it’s the future of the industry. What is Spec Work? Spec work, or speculative work, to refer to its full name, is the process of doing design work with no contract or any guarantee of getting paid – If the client likes it,

6 Questions to ask yourself before attempting a redesign

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Recently, I asked all my friends* on twitter what sorts of articles they would like to read about here on GDB. One friend suggested a sort of checklist-style article about preparing for a redesign. Hence the following article. If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion and exploration here at GDB, head on over to our contact page, facebook fan page, or @mention me on twitter and we’ll try to help you out! (Also, to whomever requested this

3 Essential Elements of a Client-Grabbing Design Website

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So you have a web site set up for your design business. It features your amazing portfolio, has a sleek, snazzy design to it, and a beautifully put-together contact form. The only problem is… the contact form rarely, if ever, gets used. Your bounce rate is higher than a super-inflated basketball. And it’s just not doing the one thing it needs to: Bringing you more business. This article will help get you on track to having a web site that

Why having a creative block is really a good thing

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If you’re a designer, it’s very likely that at one point or another you were working on a project and felt like it wasn’t going anywhere. It’s almost like all the ideas get sucked out of your head with a giant vacuum and no matter how hard you try to think you just can’t come up with a clear direction to go. While creative blocks may cause tension headaches and severe irritation, I’d like to offer you a new perspective

How having the right people around you can boost design business

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One of the things about being a freelancer is you end up spending a lot of time alone. After all, you work at your computer, at home, or in cafes, and only you and your expertise are required in order to have a fully-operational business. But it doesn’t have to be that way. For a long time I bought into a lot of self-help guides and motivational speakers who said, “You only need yourself. Other people are nice – but

What’s really keeping you from freelancing?

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I‘ve been there before. You wake up every morning, dreading the day ahead of you. You drag yourself into work, find a pile of sticky notes on your desk, make it through lunch, and work through the afternoon looking at the clock every 30 minutes. Every day on the drive home you think to yourself, “Man, I should really quit and just start my own business”. While I am a big fan of a steady job, sometimes freelancing can be