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Episode #72: What Your Reply to Prospects Says About You

Graphic designer hoping for a good response from a prospect.

Do you send prospects a price or your hourly rate when they first reach out to you? Do you lack confidence when dealing with prospects? Find out what your reply to prospects says about you and how to change their perceptions. Continue reading “What Your Reply to Prospects Says About You”

Episode #54: Stop “Should-ing” All Over Yourself—Set Goals

Goal-Setting. Design Domination

Experts always say we should set goals to be successful. But do you avoid setting them because you don’t see the point or you’re afraid you won’t achieve them? Do you ever look back and think, “I should have done this or that”? Stop procrastinating and get motivated, and learn how setting goals can help. Continue reading “Stop “Should-ing” All Over Yourself—Set Goals”

Episode #50: Confidence, Closing and Content With Mike Killen

Confidence for freelance designers

Mike Killen and I talk about confidence, how it’s vital in closing the deal with clients and why you should be selling futures, not features. Get actionable tips to use when talking to clients, including how to respond when a client says, “That’s too expensive.” Also find out why you shouldn’t worry about criticism when putting your content out there. The answer will surprise you! Continue reading “Confidence, Closing and Content With Mike Killen”

Episode #45: 14 Reasons Graphic Designers Are Seen as Order Takers

Graphic designer order taker

There are a lot of differences in mindset and behavior between graphic designers who are perceived as order takers and those who are perceived as experts. Here are 14 reasons graphic designers are seen as order takers instead of as experts. Continue reading “14 Reasons Graphic Designers Are Seen as Order Takers”

Episode #43: 10 Ways a Design Mentor Can Help You

Mentoring for graphic designers

Designers, do you need to take your skills to the next level so you can charge more and get more respect? Want to go out on your own but not sure what’s involved? Need help with a freelancing issue? Here are 10 ways a design mentor could help you. Continue reading “10 Ways a Design Mentor Can Help You”

Episode #42: Power, Positioning & Pricing for Creatives With Blair Enns

Power, Positioning and Pricing With Blair Enns

Blair Enns joins me to discuss how to take back your power in the client-designer relationship, how not to sell, how to deal with mindset issues, pricing and much more. Also, find out what the “flip” is and why it’s vital in the client-designer relationship. Continue reading “Power, Positioning & Pricing for Creatives With Blair Enns”

Episode #30: Avoid These 12 Mistakes When Pricing Your Design Work

Pricing design work

Do you know what to consider when pricing your work? Are you charging enough for your work? Do you worry if your price was right after sending an estimate? There are many ways to figure out how to price a project, and how you do so and present it can affect how the client perceives the value. Either you will be perceived as an expert and command respect, or you risk be seen as not understanding (or underestimating) the scope of the work and your work being perceived as low quality. Here are 12 pricing mistakes to avoid to be more profitable. Continue reading “Avoid These 12 Mistakes When Pricing Your Design Work”

Episode #24: 7 Mistakes When Presenting Design Work and Asking for Critique

Graphic designer presenting design work

Are you making any of these mistakes when presenting design work to clients? Find out and learn how to present design work, so you get more respect and less pushback on your designs. Also, find out mistakes you might be making when asking for critique from other designers and others in general. Plus, don’t miss this one seemingly harmless question you should stop asking clients. Continue reading “7 Mistakes When Presenting Design Work and Asking for Critique”

Episode #17: Talking Confidence, Bullying and Negotiation With Ted Leonhardt

Ted Leonhardt and his illustrations

Ted Leonhardt and I talk about confidence (or lack thereof) and bullying and how they affect our value, setting our rates and negotiating salaries. Continue reading “Talking Confidence, Bullying and Negotiation With Ted Leonhardt”

Episode #10: Ever Feel Like an Imposter? With Tanya Geisler

imposter complex

Do you ever feel like your work isn’t good enough? Do you lack confidence presenting your design ideas? Do you find it hard to give yourself credit where due? This stems from imposter syndrome. Find out how it can help us or hold us back personally and professionally. Continue reading “Ever Feel Like an Imposter? With Tanya Geisler”