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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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Learning How To Freelance: Resources for Designers

Whether you’ve been designing for years or just now decided to learn graphic design, always remember to never stop learning. There are tons of FREE online resources for designers that offer advice and knowledge on running a freelance business. Blogs, podcasts and ebooks are useful resources for designers who want to learn graphic design along with skills in business and entrepreneurship.

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Learning the Skills You Need to Be A Talented Graphic Designer

Nowadays, with so many online resources available, it’s easier than ever for anyone to learn design skills without attending a design school or purchasing an online course. The only down side to learning design skills on your own, is figuring out exactly what you need to know. There are general skills that every graphic designer should know, such as the principals of design and how to use designer software, but there are also skills that are specific to a designer’s specialization.

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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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The Good, The Bad and the Reality of Being Your Own Boss

When I first started my design business I honestly had no clue what I was doing. Don’t get me wrong — I had gone to school for the skills I needed to qualify as a graphic designer. I just had no idea what it actually meant to work for myself and run a business. When I thought about being my own boss, all I could image were the perks. Yet when I started running my business, I began to see the costs of being the boss. Ultimately, experience has taught me there are three sides to being self-employed:  the good perks, the bad costs and ultimately real life.

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Building Relationships with Challenging Clients

How are your relationships with clients?

 

As a freelance designer, it is important to establish a strong relationship with the people you work with. The better your relationship, the better your communication. Good communication helps the designer better understand the client’s vision upfront and avoid wasting time creating design that doesn’t fit the client’s needs.

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How to Charge for Your Design Services

One of the more challenging tasks as a graphic designer is figuring out how much to charge clients for your services. No one wants to overcharge their clients and lose them to cheaper designers, but on the other hand, no designer strives to be underpaid for their hard work. It can be difficult deciding what to charge for your design services, especially when there are a variety of personalized details that can factor into each designer’s pricing such as experience, location, turnaround time, etc. Although there isn’t a “Universal Freelance Pricing Standard” to go by, there are  steps you can take to figure out how much you should charge for your work:

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The Right Essentials to Start a Successful Design Business

So you’ve officially decided to take the plunge and start your own design business…Congratulations! It’s exciting, thrilling, frightening…and confusing. Where do you begin? How do you actually start a business? The biggest factor in starting your business is knowing just where to begin. The following tips and resources are a great place to start and give you a solid foundation to build a successful business.