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Healthy Business Relationships for Freelancers

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by Laura Spencer This tutorial turns the common myth of the lone freelancer on its head. It explores the types of business relationships freelancers need and why each is important. It explains how you can make your relationships stronger. I’ll also examine an area of relationship building freelancers often neglect: face-to-face networking. Business relationships are the core of my own …

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Freelance Consultant’s Guide to Interviews

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by Celine Roque For freelancers and consultants, client interviews can be a major challenge, especially if you’re shy or prefer to communicate via email. While job interviews are equally challenging for employees, they typically go through these once every few years or whenever they’re switching jobs. For freelancers, interviews take place with every new client you bring in. This means …

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List of 30 Creative Designers Traits

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We have developed a list of the Design Creatives Traits and compiled it over several days. We don’t all agree on each one, but agree that most apply to all designers. The list was compiled after realizing how many things we all have in common as designers. Here is the list: 1. The Creative Designer can let their imagination run …

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9 Artists For Creative Inspiration

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We like looking through websites to find creative artists that can give us inspiration and we found 9 of them on Behance. Of course Behance has a lot more of them, but we can’t fit them all, so we chose these few. You will probably get some design inspiration from one or the other, but hopefully they will give you …

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6 Illustrations To Get You Thinking…Really Thinking

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I came across some illustrations that made me stop and think about what I was seeing. Each one has the same creative artistic technique, but all have a different message that makes you look twice and think about what you are seeing. Some of them I have to admit made me not want to think any further and pass them …

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Disney Studios 92 Anniversary Video

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Disney Studios 92 Anniversary Video. We all remember the Disney movies that probably got our art and design careers moving forward. The characters and animation was the basis of me getting into advertising and design. Walt Disney had a way of getting you to really believe and feel that the characters were real. Today I look back at the type …

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The Best Portfolio Design 101 PDF

The Best Portfolio Design 101 PDF Your portfolio is your brand. It is how you are perceived to those who see it on-line or in person. It shows your abilities and the type of work you are capable of doing and if you can fulfill the needs of their projects. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned pro or …

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7 Great Creative Photoshop Plugins

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7 Great Creative Photoshop Plugins These plugins will help with the design end of Photoshop and make a lot of chores much easier. We have tried them and had an issue with the NKS55 loading it through the Adobe Extension Manager CS6. After giving error messages we found it loaded and not a problem, so if you do get an …

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New Ask John Podcast

New Ask John Radio Podcast We have a new radio podcasting section titled Ask John. Here is where you can ask questions about advertising, marketing, freelancing, design, consultation and business. Are you starting a new freelancing business? Have an existing business and have questions? Now you can Ask John privately and he will send you an email response. The questions …

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5 Fantastic Hacks for Designers

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5 Fantastic Hacks for Designers We have found some new sites that can greatly add to your design business. Each one was tried and they all are promising depending on your needs. And best of all they are free. Give them a try and please let us know what you think. 1. Office Hours This is a great resource if …

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