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Finding Your Freelance Niche

By: Neil Tortorella on Jul 26th 2013
Finding Your Freelance Niche

Niche noun, adjective, verb, niched, nich•ing noun 1. an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object. 2. a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: to find one’s niche in the business world. 3. a distinct segment of a market. 4. Ecology – the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals. adjective 5. pertaining... CONTINUE READING

99designs Aims for Agencies with Pro Tools

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 22nd 2013
99designs Aims for Agencies with Pro Tools

“Our development of Pro Tools was driven primarily by user feedback,” explained chief marketing officer, Jeff Titterton when asked what role user feedback played in developing Pro Tools. Titterton elaborated, “We interviewed hundreds of our advanced users and these features were consistently requested.” Notably among Pro Tools’ services are enhanced privacy features such as private contests, that are hidden from search engines and the general public—though still viewable by the 99designs community under a non disclosure agreement (NDA), and... CONTINUE READING

$100 Discount for GraphicDesign.com readers to HOW Design Live, San Francisco, June 22-26

By: Julia Wild on Feb 9th 2013
$100 Discount for GraphicDesign.com readers to HOW Design Live, San Francisco, June 22-26

Discount: $100 Discount Code: HOWDES13 Location: San Francisco, CA When: June 22-26 2013 Thanks to HOW Design, GraphicDesign.com are able to offer our readers a discount of $100 to this years HOW Design Live conference which takes place between June 22nd and 26th in San Francisco. All four events will take place at Moscone West, located at 800 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103. There are a total of four events that take place concurrently over a period of... CONTINUE READING

Home Office, Not Homework (Poll Article)

By: Sheana Firth on Jul 30th 2012
Home Office, Not Homework (Poll Article)

Many professional and freelance designers work from home: perhaps due to familial or personal restrictions, perhaps because the commute to the company office is too far, or perhaps that’s just the way they like it. Whatever the reason, once a designer finds his or herself in a situation where work is performed under the same roof as laundry, a few small actions can make all the difference in maintaining a healthy life-work balance and not getting caught doing homework.... CONTINUE READING

(Poll Results) The Unpaid Wages Epidemic is Officially in Session

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 28th 2012
(Poll Results) The Unpaid Wages Epidemic is Officially in Session

The results are in regarding the Unpaid Wages Epidemic poll article and it’s clear that there is a huge issue at our feet. When we asked Freelancers: Have you ever been the victim of an unpaid invoice for completed freelance work? A whopping 96% said YES and only 4% said NO. Following that question, we asked do you use a contract before engaging in work with new clients? 60% said YES and 40% said NO. It’s evident that Freelancers... CONTINUE READING

Calling All Freelancers: Are You a Part of the Unpaid Wages Epidemic? (Poll Question)

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 12th 2012
Calling All Freelancers: Are You a Part of the Unpaid Wages Epidemic? (Poll Question)

A large majority of Graphic and Web Designers are Independent Contractors and most of us have experienced late invoices and many of us have had the unpleasant experience of an unpaid and completely neglected invoice. This is an epidemic affecting our industry and for years it seems like it has been falling through the cracks of the judicial system. According to the US Census, 10.3 Million Independent Contractors took up the work force in 2010. Last year, almost half... CONTINUE READING

Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 6th 2012
Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

Sure, there are perks to freelance life like flexible hours and the ability to work from home, but ask any honest independent creative professional and they’ll tell you there are downsides too. One of the biggest? Less daily opportunities for collaboration and interaction with like-minded peers, something The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman comically captures in “Why Working from Home is both Awesome and Horrible” Recognizing this, a growing number of co-working spaces have emerged worldwide with 537 in the... CONTINUE READING

Getting Started as a Designer: Freelance First or Agency First?

By: Preston Lee on Mar 30th 2012
Getting Started as a Designer: Freelance First or Agency First?

I love working with new designers. In fact, I spend most of my time mentoring new designers through my ebook, business critique service, and blog. One of the most common questions I get from up and coming designers is this: “Should I start out freelancing or start by working at an agency?” It’s a great question and can be a pretty difficult one to answer, but today, I want to offer some pros and cons for both freelancing first... CONTINUE READING

How I Skyrocketed My Freelance Design Business by Finding a Specialty

By: Preston Lee on Mar 6th 2012
How I Skyrocketed My Freelance Design Business by Finding a Specialty

Making it big as a freelance designer can be tough. Between the expenses of staying up-to-date with the latest tools and the added stress of competing with stock logo sites or crowdsource designers it’s enough to make you want to quit some days. Have you ever wondered what steps you can take as a freelance designer to help yourself stand out from the competition and bring in more design clients and profit than ever before? Then keep reading, because... CONTINUE READING

What Makes an Effective Graphic Design Customer?

By: Mirko Humbert on Nov 17th 2011
What Makes an Effective Graphic Design Customer?

As a graphic designer, whether you are freelancing or employed by a design studio, a day will come when you will have to face clients. Most of the time, things should go fine, but some clients can be a pain to work with. Those rare bad customers play at least a positive role, they teach you to cherish the good and effective graphic design customers. But how do you identify effective customers? We’ll try to help you recognize them... CONTINUE READING

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