Be a Design Entrepreneur: How to Start a Graphic Design Business

Whether you’re starting your own graphic design business from the ground up or striking out on your own as a freelance designer, you’d likely be classified as a design entrepreneur. Here, you’ll find the best info, inspiration and resources on the subject, and discover best practices in how to start a graphic design business, how to get new clients, how to maintain creativity in business, social media advice and much more. And, of course, you’ll hear from some of the most prominent minds in the field—and learn the skills so that you can be one, too.

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[Podcast] How to get your freelance career started through oDesk

For a while, I’ve avoided posting about online freelance marketplaces, but this take on it from freelancer, Jake Jorgovan, answers the real questions freelancers have so you can know who should use it, when and how, as you build a freelance business. Plus, a recent report states that 10% of businesses (up from 3%) are...

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Do Designers Need Business Insurance?

At the Creative Freelancer Business Conference in Boston, one of the important (but not-so-sexy) business questions that came up a few times was, “Do we need business insurance? And if so, what kind and how much?” It’s an important question, but certainly not sexy. Still needs to be addressed, especially if you work in...


An Action Plan for Freelancers

In the latest episode from the Speaker Podcast Series for this year’s Creative Freelancer Business Conference, I talked with Corwin Hiebert, a business manager for freelancers, visual artists, and entrepreneurs, about how to create a Business Action Plan, which is much simpler (and can be better for creative professionals) than a traditional business plan....


Breaking Free: 7 Tips for Opening Your Own Agency

As you welcome the bold embrace of the New Year, you may be contemplating change; not just in the months to come, but well into the future. Are you currently working in-house and thinking about opening an agency of your own? Before you quit your job, wait! You should have a solid strategy in...

44% Increase in 2013 == Success!

I got this good news in an email newsletter from Jeanine Davis, a creative freelancer I work with. She’s been “solo” for 2 years now and in her second year surpassed her goals with a 44% increase! Here’s how…. Marketing works, I’m proof. I grew my business a whopping 44% in 2013 and I...

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Daniel Pink on Design, Writing and the Brain

Daniel Pink joins the all-star line-up of thought leaders for the HOW Leadership Conference 2014. In conversation with Debbie Millman, he weighs in on his unexpected writing career, why right-brain function is so crucial and the necessity of design.

Creative Entrepreneurs: Goal-setting for 2014?

I was asked to share one of my 2014 goals for an Entrepreneur Magazine blog post, which was published this week. Of all the goals outlined by “digital experts,” here’s the one that resonates with me (more than my own!): To do more with less. My digital new year’s resolution is to focus on building...