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.

Jill Anderson of Jill Lynn Design

Give me your best number…

I love recapping a year in numbers. There’s something about fitting a whole year into a neat little blog post that makes me feel like anything is possible. In my latest post, I shared my favorite numbers from 2014. Here are some of them: responsive websites designed + developed – 30 conferences attended – 3 (WordCamp, Web...

Tom N. Tumbusch 2014

Share the love with your freelancer network

About a week before the Thanksgiving holiday I had an additional reason to be thankful — a bit of extra cash I didn’t have to do a lick of work for. Okay, that’s not completely accurate. I did do one small thing to earn this “free money.” I hit the forward button in my...

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CFC –> CFBC –> Creative Business program of #HOWLive

Tomorrow (Feb 3) is the early bird deadline for HOW Design Live 2015 in Chicago (May 4-8) and you may have noticed that the word “freelance” is gone from the entire event. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean CFC is gone – it’s just evolved into something better. Many of you objected to the...

Ilise Benun on your online marketing plan

Time for a Marketing Reboot?

If your marketing has slowed down lately, you’re not alone — and there are lots of possible reasons why…. It could be the effect of the summer lull. Or maybe you’re coming off a monster project that consumed every bit of your time and energy and you literally couldn’t focus on anything else while it was going...

Ilise Benun on your online marketing plan

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...