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Before you first meet with project stakeholders for a website design or redesign, you’ll want to prepare yourself by researching the company the website represents and the nature of the audience it serves. You also need to familiarize yourself...
If you are a freelancer or you work from home, then you might know exactly how it feels to be on your own little island. You're cooped up in your office all the I time trying to get work done. If you're anything like me, you only look up and go outdoors...
It's a sad fact that the biggest problem freelancers face, is disagreements with a client once a project has started. It seems — judging by the amount of problems overheard by complaining designers — is that terms, changes, direction,...
One of the hardest parts of starting your business or freelancing is trying to figure out what you should charge. Years ago after accepting pennies on the dollar for work, I decided I wanted to get really serious about freelancing. I wanted to...
I’ve traveled to many art schools, being asked to review senior student portfolios, and speak on professional practices in the design business, and the one thing I always notice is the lack of direction in student portfolios. Even with professionals,...
Most my clients are focussed on print, so I was super stoked to get my first web design client in a long while. I had some techniques in mind that I wanted to try out. During the initial client meeting, my mind was racing with ideas on how I wanted...
When I speak to senior students at art schools, there is one major thing I try to impress upon them: to freelance is to run a small business, and a freelance design business has all the needs and headaches of running a bakery, pizza parlor, or crack...
 It's very typical that I experience an increase in clients during the summer months. I mean, business is really booming, so much so that I typically need some help with the projects I have. Clients are excited and enthusiastic about giving...
In recent years, user experience design has become a popular topic in the web design community, with discussions focussing on successful examples of good UX design. With regard to websites, the term covers all aspects of a user’s experience...
Congratulations! You won a job, worked hard to produce a great site, and the client is thrilled with the results. Now, wouldn't it be nice to get paid? While invoicing may not seem to most enthralling subject, it is without doubt one of the most...
Namebox is a simple service created by designer Drew Wilson to help you sell your unwanted and/or unused web domains. It's free to use and is built to make listing your domains quick and easy. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Drew and his...
There are three things every creative yearns to hear: "we pay the total up front," "our staff is ready to sexually reproduce with you at your request," and "be as creative as you want."  The first will never happen, the second only happened to...
Most designers struggle with putting a price on their services. Many end up using a pricing model that leaves them run ragged trying to pay the bills, rather than one that lets them build a healthy, sustainable business. If you're quoting clients...
With so many social media B2B strategies for your business, the options can sometimes get a bit overwhelming. That is why it is important to state this disclosure. The strategies we discuss below are not nearly as important as your understanding...