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August, 2017

  • 3 August

    ALERT: New Site Re-Design Coming

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    ALERT: To all our visitors. We are currently working on a complete new site re-design and will be posting the wire-frame shortly. ┬áThe new concept is to make it easier for visitors to quickly find what they need. Watch for the wire-frame postings in the next few weeks and let us know what you think. We will be directing the …

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June, 2017

  • 24 June

    29 Ways to Promote Your Freelance Work

    Everyone is trying to promote their freelancing business. Here are some ideas to help you get a jump on your competition: 1. Referrals This is something many freelancers don’t even think about asking for a referral from business associates. You can even give them something in return such as a small-fee or discounts on services if it leads to a …

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  • 22 June

    Brainstorming or Design Thinking? What is the Difference?

    Nothing in our opinion, but some would argue otherwise. So, here is the plan for either one to show why they are the same. What is brainstorming or design thinking for? Products, services, design, concepts, interaction, UX. The Process. Let your team know you are having a creative meeting before inviting them. This includes the C-suite people. Yes; the ones …

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  • 20 June

    7 Big Time Freelancing Mistakes

    No matter how long you have been freelancing; we all make mistakes even the seasoned professional. Some mistakes are simple and others are costly. You need to stay away from the costly pones as much as possible. After doing some research with staff and friends we have compiled a list of the most common (and maybe not so common) mistakes …

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  • 18 June

    5 Reasons to Use Graphic Design in Your Business

    We are graphic designers, but tend to forget to use them in our own business, because we get so caught up in finding more clients. Business owners need to take the time and find the right graphics for their promotional materials. Graphic design can help your business prosper, but only if used the right way. Here are some ideas to …

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  • 16 June

    7 Creative Ideas to Follow-Up After Presentation

    In this day and age, it’s simply not enough to call on someone and make a presentation. If you don’t follow up at least 7 times, you are wasting your time, as well as theirs. The more time you put into getting to know your potential customers, the better your relationship will be. Because of that, you need to follow …

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  • 14 June

    How to Use This Questionnaire to Land the Best Clients

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    Your day starts out as any other day. You look at your emails and spot one that seems promising. Someone is looking for you to do a brochure and wants to know how much it will cost. So, what do you do? The first thing not to do is to rush out and email with the cost of the project. …

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  • 14 June

    How to Avoid Burnout and Boost Productivity

    The one most devastating thing is when a designer experience burnout. This is not only devastating to their business but, social life as well. It is critical that you stay focused and make the job fun and productive. Here are a few ways to ab void burnout and increase productivity: 1. The Morning Starter. Everyone has something that gets them …

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  • 12 June

    How to Use Value-Based Pricing For Design Projects?

    What is the best way to use value-based fees for design projects? What would the “value” be? I see that a lot of designers use time-based pricing (hourly, daily, etc.) Time-based pricing is horrible, for the following reasons: 1.There’s a conflict of interest between you and the client. The longer the work takes, the more you earn and the more …

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  • 10 June

    7 Ideas to Be More Creative

    As freelancers we are aware of the things we need to do to be productive. Here are a few we follow to keep ourselves more productive: 1. Your Workspace. Keep it neat and clean. Nothing can be more frustrating then trying to find the paperwork for a project then a cluttered work area. That also included the files on your …

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March, 2017

  • 24 March

    The Latest Cinegraph Design

    Cinegraphs or cinemagraphs (animated GIF styles) are the latest fad for designer’s to create a short version video that doesn’t use up a lot of bandwidth on mobile devices. The concept is to take a long video and shorten it down to run quicker. Of course the most important part is to be sure to make it as interesting or …

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  • 22 March

    The Latest For Mobile Animated GIF Designs

    Animated gif’s are a great way of bringing some action to your website without video that take streaming time depending on the mobile server. We learned that these animations load faster than videos especially on mobile devices. And the best way for us to create one is by using Photoshop. They are really easy to build after you have all …

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  • 20 March

    Are You Really a Creative Designer?

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    Some say they are creative designers and other are convinced. Which one are you? Today it seems as though anyone can be a designer with the right software. You don’t even need any training of any kind – except the software itself. The days of going to design school or working at an agency to learn the trade are quickly …

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  • 9 March

    Have a Freelance Business Problem or Question?

      Do you have a problem with a client, need a design critique, business set-up or any freelance/independent worker question? We can answer it quickly to help you move on in your business. Unanswered questions can put unnecessary stress on you and your business. This service is FREE and we don’t need to know anything about the client. Just post …

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January, 2017

  • 10 January

    NOTICE: Our Site Is Changing

    We have decided to alter our site (not the articles since they will stay in our current library) to fit the numerous requests for more information about Independent/Freelance Workers articles and podcasts.  You will see some changes to the site, but they will be for the benefit of all designers and Independent workers. If you have any suggestions or want to …

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