Business articles

Some of the truest words I've heard to date are, "If you don't plan on creating your own business, then you plan on being broke." While, there are many people out there who have made a nice living working for other companies, it shouldn't be crazy...
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[Editor's note: This is a sponsored review for Approval Manager 2012] Getting your designs approved by clients in a timely manner is vital to smoothly managing any project. But it's often more than just getting approvals. There's often feedback,...
“Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.” This quote is from William Edwards Deming, the man who almost single-handedly shaped the business...
The web is changing day in and day out at an incredibly fast pace. What I found that matters most to me when using new tools is that the switching cost needs to be as low as possible. The less "lock-in" and learning an app requires, the more likely...
There are a lot of articles that will try to tell you what you are doing wrong and how to fix things, but the truth is the majority of them aren’t super honest. They want to get you to sign up for something to sell your work, and that’s supposed...
When you start working with clients you have to understand that the work you produce is not just about how good or bad a design is. It has a lot to do with the way the design fits into the wider spectrum of things. Does this design fall in line with the...
In a previous article of mine, somewhere on the web, I mentioned finding a mentor. People commented that they would really like to find one or really needed one. None of them had any idea how to find one. The reward for opening my big mouth was a dozen...
Web design is a multidisciplinary craft. So why do so many of us try and do everything ourselves? Maybe it’s because we can. Our nature as web designers tells us to build things. We have the capability to handle just about every role in a web design...
It was super hard for me to find a job straight out of college—the places where I wanted to work weren't hiring and many of the other jobs didn’t seem right for me. After months of searching and waiting by the phone, I decided to take the plunge....
All freelance designers and developers eventually have to face these ultimate questions; "How much should I charge for my services? Should I charge by the hour, or by the project?" And then, once that question is answered, of course, the question...
Designer's block is no joke and it always seems to come around when a project's deadline is quickly approaching. You just can't seem to create anything with enough power or spunk—heck, you may just be staring at your screen or sketchbook for...