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Read This BEFORE Hiring A Web Designer

When you’re inspired by a new business idea, it can be tempting to jump in full-speed ahead. Many entrepreneurs automatically assume one of the first things they need for their business is a website…and ASAP! While an online presence is imperative for your business, it’s not necessarily the first thing that needs to be checked off of your to-do list. You can have an absolutely ah-mazing website but still not achieve the success you dream of for your business. Why is that? Because it takes more than just a nice looking website to build and grow your business. Here are 6 things you should consider before hiring a web designer:

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How Working Full-Time Actually Improves My Side Hustle

It’s no secret that we are the generation of the “side hustle”. A Pew Research study confirms that ‘many to most’ Millennials desire to start their own business and 27 % of them are now self employed. Being the boss is a growing trend and the internet is filled with all types of “Ways to Quit Your Day Job”. Though the ultimate goal is to one day work for myself, I must say that I’m in no rush to stop working full-time. I absolutely LOVE my job and being an employee has actually helped me grow in design and entrepreneurship.

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One Year and Counting – Tips for New Bloggers

Last month marked one full year since starting my design blog, and to celebrate, I’ve created a list of tips for new bloggers. These tips are the things I’ve personally found helpful for starting (and maintaining) my blog and ultimately, are things I wish I would’ve known when I got started. Whether you’re considering starting a blog or have had one for some time now, these tips for new bloggers are sure to get you off to the right start.

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Designer Thoughts: Get A Design Degree or Teach Yourself?

This month I’m starting a new series titled “Designer Thoughts”. The purpose of the series is to cover topics that directly affect freelance designers and get the conversation going about them. Every designer has a different experience, so it’s always nice to hear other’s ideas and perspectives.  One topic that seems common among designers is the importance of a getting a graphic design degree. Do you need to get a degree to be a graphic designer or can you be just as successful if you teach yourself?

 

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Just Get Started: Simple Solutions to Overcome Blogger’s Block

For a designer, maintaining a blog can be challenging because graphic design requires us to think and communicate in terms of visuals, and writing for a blog is just the opposite. It’s important to post often and consistently if you want readers to read and share your content, but this can be a challenge if you have a hard time getting started. Sometimes the pressure to create “the perfect post” can leave you stuck with where to begin.

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How Blogging Will Benefit Your Design Business

The other day I had coffee with a friend who was telling me about her plans to launch a business soon. As she was talking about the different products she wanted to sell, we came across the topic of blogging. Naturally, I got a little excited about this subject and was ready to chime in about all the benefits of blogging, when she quickly said:

 

“I wonder if blogging really makes a difference. I kinda think it’s a waste of time”.

 
A waste of time?! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. A blog can bring in so many benefits for a business, especially when it’s done the right way. Yes, it will require some time and obviously a lot of effort, but it’s totally worth it! Luckily, the more work you invest into your blog, the higher your benefits are from it. Blogging will benefit your freelance business, no matter what type of design you create so read on to see why you should join the blog community!

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What I Wish I Had Learned In Design School

The moment I received my BFA in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design I couldn’t have been happier! After years of studying and learning and mastering design, I was ready to dive head first into my dream career and use everything I had learned about design to change the world. It didn’t take long to realize that even with all my education, there were still lessons I needed to learn. Now don’t get me wrong, I had great professors and an even better education. But at the end of the day a degree simply won’t substitute experience. It’s been two years since I’ve graduated and I have learned a lot along the way. Here are the things I wish I had learned while I was still in school…