Business articles

Sell ebooks, software, courses or music online? If you or any of your customers live in a European country then a piece of legislation designed to deal with companies the size of Amazon might be about to give you a taxation headache. When you sell...
I recently witnessed a startup website train wreck. It was an extreme failure because the owner launched too soon and the consequences of doing so were fatal. As the owner, or just the designer/developer of a website, you must understand that...
The basic idea of a meeting is simple: it's when two or more people get together to discuss one or multiple topics. It can be in a formal or informal setting. It can be among people within an organization or between people in more than one organization....
One of the biggest challenges freelancers face is getting the ‘business stuff’ right. Far too many freelance careers have tanked because a supremely talented designer couldn’t manage his or her cashflow. There are a plethora of solutions...
Over the last few years a number of SaaS (Software as a Service) products have hit the market and opened up new opportunities for those of us working in the web industry. Whether you are working on projects after your 9–5, are a freelancer, or...
Why do some clients stop communicating with us all of a sudden? Is there any way out of this crappy situation? Picture this: a client calls you; she is super excited, telling you about that amazing project she needs you to design. She heard from...
When I quit my job 7 years ago to go freelance as a web designer, I thought I was finally free. But what I soon realized was I actually didn’t have nearly as much freedom as I thought I would.  After my first year of freelancing, it dawned on me: ...
I write articles about how to get a client to accept a contract, keeping your dignity and rights as a professional creative and, at times, how to really fight against a bad client. I receive emails from people asking advice on solving a problem...
Startups are exciting! It’s something new that may become a multi-billion dollar company like Facebook and you could be in on the ground floor. They are also risky and after months or years of dedicated hard work, you may end up broke and in...
It's aggravating and demeaning when a business asks for free work. You feel belittled and often foster an urge to prove that you offer a professional service that has actual monetary worth. Unfortunately, there are designers who continue...
When I first set out to find a standard definition of art direction, it took me three sessions — not search terms, but sessions — to dig past fluff (articles that use a lot of words to say very little), self promotion (“art direction is hey...
Design salaries around the world vary a lot. Between all the different positions and experience levels out there, to the differences in cost of living and what's considered a "livable wage" in various places, it's no wonder there's a lot of...