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Tag: Freelancing

Bright Shiny New Project

I haven't been blogging here lately but I have been busy. I'm excited to announce my new WordPress theme business.

Services to Offer Your Clients Besides Building Websites

We are web designers. That is what we do best but we also happen to know a lot of other things that our clients need and we aren't actively providing or promoting. Here are some ideas for other services to provide that we already know as web designers yet aren't offering.

Is Doing Design on the Side Worth It?

Even if you work full-time at an agency or in-house you probably still get people inquiring about whether you do freelance work. Choosing to be a designer means not making a ton of money, so these side projects can be a nice way to get a little extra. But is it really worth it and where do you draw the line?

How to Tell a Client No

As a designer you must posses this skill, and yes, it is a skill. It can be one of the hardest things to do if you are not a very assertive person. Yet it is a vital part of becoming a successful design who does great work.

Benefits of Learning Complementary Skills for Creatives

If you have been working as a creative for any length of time, and want to expand into other areas, feel you have learned all you can, or simply wish to earn more money, branching out may be an option for you. There are so many complementary skills designers can acquire to make themselves more marketable.

What Clients Look For in a Design Portfolio

When I look at design portfolios, many of them are not designed to appeal to the client. If you are looking for a job at a agency that is one thing, but if you want client work, you better make a portfolio that appeals to clients. It isn't hard, it just takes a different approach and you need to step out of your designer shoes and into those of your potential clients.

How to Spot Trouble Clients

For any creative, dealing with clients is a fact of life. Good ones come few and far between and the bad ones can really make life miserable. Not to mention put a dent in your wallet. So here are some things to look for so that you can spot bad clients before you start to work for them.