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Freelance Design

Our authors, freelance designers like you, share their extensive knowledge and experiences. You’ll learn how to get consistent work, manage your time, business and clients, and, most importantly, how to get paid better, and on time.

How to Specifically Cater to the Needs of Your Clients

How to Specifically Cater to the Needs of Your Clients

Tips for effectively meeting client needs without compromising your standards or creativity in the design process.

Dealing with Terrible Business Ideas from Your Clients

Dealing with Terrible Business Ideas from Your Clients

Knowing how to spot a bad business idea or tell when a particular business relationship looks rickety is an important skill every designer should learn.

Separating Your Personal & Commercial Design Work

Separating Your Personal & Commercial Design Work

Is there a difference between so-called “commercial” work and work that’s done purely for the joy of creating? Should they be separated?

How to Work With Both Good & Bad Design Clients

How to Work With Both Good & Bad Design Clients

We offer advice on how to determine which freelance design clients are good and which ones aren’t before you begin to work with them.

How To Network Properly: Networking For Designers 101

How To Network Properly: Networking For Designers 101

We share some much easier and more effective methods for making networking connections as freelance creative designers.

It’s Relationship Building, Not Networking

It’s Relationship Building, Not Networking

Freelance designers need to perfect the art of building relationships rather than traditional networking. Surprisingly, it can be done.

Lessons Learned in 25 Years of Freelancing

Lessons Learned in 25 Years of Freelancing

I share some valuable lessons I’ve learned from my 25 years as a freelance web designers. Things that I hope will help you on your own journey.

The Types of Freelance Design Clients You Should Avoid

The Types of Freelance Design Clients You Should Avoid

Learn how the right clients will respect your time and expertise, and will be realistic and professional in their expectations.

Don’t Be Branded as a Cheap, Low-End Designer

Don’t Be Branded as a Cheap, Low-End Designer

Avoid being labeled as a low-cost designer with strategies to position yourself for higher-end projects and clients.

How Designers Can Market Themselves to the Clients That Best Suit Their Niche

How Designers Can Market Themselves to the Clients That Best Suit Their Niche

Useful tips for good designers so that they can market themselves to the exact kind of clients that best suits their niche and services.

How to Calm Down a Panicky Design Client

How to Calm Down a Panicky Design Client

We discuss panicky clients and cover methods that will not only de-escalate their panic but also bring them around to your point of view.

How to Deal With Overly Opinionated Design Clients

How to Deal With Overly Opinionated Design Clients