Many freelance designers struggle with boundaries, taking on and putting up with bad clients. But setting boundaries with clients means good clients and a better, more profitable creative business. Find out 10 signs you need boundaries and how to set them.
Episode #142: How to Make 6 Figures as a Freelancer
Want to make $100,000 a year as a full-time freelancer? Find out what I did and what you can do to make 6 figures as a freelance designer, even in your first year of freelancing full time. Also find out what to do before you do it.
Episode #135: Top 11 Creative Business Books for Designers
Find out what books are on my list of top creative business books for freelance graphic designers to help you with starting your own business, sales and marketing, getting clients, positioning, pricing and profit, confidence, mindset and more.
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Episode #132: The Talent, Not the Tool With Don Bolognese
Renowned artist/illustrator/painter Don Bolognese joins me to talk about how it’s the designer’s talent—not the tool—that’s vital for a successful creative career. He shares interesting stories and insights from his 67-year career and how it evolved over time with changes in technology.
Episode #127: What Questions Should a Graphic Designer Ask a Client?
By screening prospects and asking strategic questions, designers change the conversation from design to problem solving, get more respect and increase the perceived value of their work. Find out what questions a graphic designer should ask a client.
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Episode #110: How to Get Taken More Seriously as a Designer
Sometimes it can be hard to get clients or coworkers to take you more seriously as a graphic designer instead of seeing you as an order taker. Find out 8 ways to get taken more seriously as a designer and treated like an expert, not an order taker.
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Episode #107: 5 Business Lessons I Learned the Hard Way
Many graphic designers suffer from business issues that are actually symptoms of a bigger issue. Once you realize this, you can transform your business. Find out 5 business lessons for designers that I learned the hard way, so you hopefully don’t have to.
Episode #90: Selling by Helping With Nick Gulic
Do you have trouble charging more for your work? Does the sales process make you nervous or feel sleazy? Do you need more confidence when talking to prospects? Nick Gulic, who regularly sells $10k and $20k brochure sites, talks about his sales process and selling by helping.
Episode #89: 11 Mistakes That Hurt Your Freelancing Business
Are you making any of these common freelancing mistakes that most freelance designers make? Find out if you’re making any of these 11 mistakes that hurt your freelancing business and what to do about them.
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Episode #85: The Client Is Not the Enemy
Situations may arise when working with a client that make you feel like you’re on two different sides. But the client is not the enemy. Find out how to deal more effectively with situations that make you feel like you’re on two different sides.