Design Firm Owners

When you own a design business, you face a whole new set of challenges including: long-term business planning, design management, attracting and positioning your firm for smart growth. David C. Baker, a small business consultant who specializes in the creative industry, wants to help you manage obstacles and achieve success when it comes to your design business. Look for his expert advice here.

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Promote Thyself

There is no magic formula to "nailing it" when it comes to self-promotion. Be you. Designer Chad Michael knows exactly who he is and has created what might possibly be the most stunning business card.

Primer: Pricing Tips for Freelancers & Solopreneurs

Pricing design work is an important and challenging topic for creative professionals, so here’s a roundup of the most popular posts on how to price creative services. 3-Tier Pricing Strategy That Works Like Crazy via Ed Gandia’s Smarter Freelancer Podcast. How Laura Foley used the 3-tiered pricing technique the day after she learned it from Jason Blumer at...

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Good Design Needs No Translation

HOW's International Design Awards invites graphic & web designers from around the globe to enter their work into this prestigious design competition, showcasing 300+ projects from numerous countries.

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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...

Designer's Proposal Bundle (Vol. 2)

Proposal Due This Week? Read These 2 Articles First.

If you’re working on a proposal this week (and even if you’re not), check out these new articles and make sure your next freelance proposal is a “winning” proposal — otherwise, it’s a waste of your time! Here are excerpts… On PaperSpecs.com, read “Should I Even Write That Proposal?” Many of the problems that arise...