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Episode #81: “Freelancer”—The Other F Word

Many designers call themselves freelancers when they really aren’t. They’re doing much more than what a freelancer does. In many cases, the word can actually hold you back. Find out why I think “freelancer” is the other F word. Read or Listen ““Freelancer”—The Other F Word”

Episode #80: Which Fish Are You?

Are you a small fish in a big pond, or a big fish in a small pond? If you’re a small fish in a big pond, you need clarity, so you can be a bigger fish in a smaller pond and get the right clients and the right design work. Read or Listen “Which Fish Are You?”

Episode #79: Reflect, Refocus, Recharge

Reflect, refocus, recharge.

Let’s talk about reviewing our goals, celebrating our wins and refocusing ourselves and our businesses for the next year. Reflect, refocus, recharge. Read or Listen “Reflect, Refocus, Recharge”

Episode #75: Squash Self-Doubt and Own Your Expertise

Own your expertise as a designer.

So many designers are afraid to call themselves an expert. They lack confidence, and that creates a snowball effect in their business: not charging enough, losing out on work and more. Find out how to squash self-doubt and own your expertise.

Read or Listen “Squash Self-Doubt and Own Your Expertise”

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.
Read or Listen “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. Read or Listen “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! Read or Listen “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. Read or Listen “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. Read or Listen “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. Read or Listen “Power, Positioning & Pricing for Creatives With Blair Enns”

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