Freelance Design Work & How to Freelance

Succeeding in freelance design requires smart work and business habits that can pave the way to prosperous design careers for many who desire this path. Get expert guidance on managing your freelance graphic, web design business or bringing your dreams to life by starting your own design business.

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How’s your business fitness?

People always laugh when I tell them I’m watching my weight. It’s easy to see why if you’ve ever met me. I was the “scrawny” kid in school. For most of my life I’ve enjoyed a fast metabolism that burns through food very quickly. And I’ve been drawn to hobbies like dancing and living...

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Just a Reminder: Your Business Is Not About You

It’s a tricky concept but essential, so I’ll keep harping on it. So many aspects of your creative business are actually not about you. Your elevator pitch is not about you. The homepage of your web site is not about you. Your positioning statement is not about you….and on and on and on. If...

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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...

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Get early bird rates for HOW Design Live…by Feb 3.

We have an incredible schedule lined up for HOW Design Live and the Creative Business track (which I have programmed) this year. If you haven’t already signed up, do it today—early bird rates end February 3rd (that’s Tuesday)! Are you a creative business owner, freelancer or solopreneur considering a 2-day ticket? The majority of the Creative Business sessions...

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Don’t start an email newsletter unless…

A consistent email newsletter can be a wonderful way to engage clients and prospects, and even land new projects! But the key word is consistency. Sending an email newsletter every now and then can actually send a message that says: “Hey, I’m just letting you know that I’m inconsistent.” Nobody wants to send that...