8 Ways to build your business fast with $4 per day (the cost of a daily coffee)

If you’ve ever looked into personal finance, you’ve probably heard some sort of advice that sounds something like this:“If you saved $4 every day instead of spending it on your morning coffee, you’d have nearly $1,500 plus interest in your pocket at the end of the year.”But giving up your morning coffee (or afternoon pastry,...

Business tips from 4 creative pros who are crushing it

As I mentioned before in this post, recently I interviewed 9 amazing veteran freelancers, each on a different challenging topic they have personal experience excelling in.From hiring employees to overcoming self-doubt, here are bits of the wonderful information four of them had to share (more coming soon):On finding your niche and marketing to itVeteran marketing...

How to get tons of new clients (without spending a dime) with the “human billboard” Method

My brother is a fitness nut. He owns gyms, trains in gyms, and basically lives in them too. If you’ve seen “Pain & Gain” with Mark Wahlberg – he’s kind of like that (minus the psychopathic, hostage-taking shenanigans…).But he’s also a brilliant marketer. And a few years ago he created a system for filling personal...

4 Easy ways to free your mind and watch your productivity soar

Do you feel like you’re always working but not terribly productive?Have you ever felt like an unorganized baboon making up an excuse to reschedule yet another obligation that you accidentally double-booked?Does your brain feel cluttered? When you’re really trying to focus, does it spit out distractions like, “don’t forget to…” or “Yikes, it’s already Wednesday?...

What kind of contract should I use for small or ongoing projects?

Have you ever struggled to write a contract for ongoing work?You’re not alone. One GDB reader commented:Love the article you posted today about freelance with a contract. I’m curious, I can’t seem to find much out there for inspiration on writing a contract for revolving work. For instance I’m working with an agency that’s giving me...

2 huge mistakes most designers make that push clients away (and what to do instead)

Recently, over at Reliable (our new PSD to HTML & WordPress company), we had an interesting situation…A “tough cookie” wrote in asking for a quote on his project. But he didn’t hesitate to tell us that he was also looking to outsource overseas, and he was asking for proposals from 10 other companies, too.We were #11.Well,...

If I were starting from scratch, this is how I’d grow my design business

This is a really relevant topic for me. My creative agency just opened a new branch called Reliable: our PSD to HTML & WordPress company. So we had to start from scratch, hit the drawing board, and figure out how to grow.It’s a different market with different customers, needs, and problems than those of our agency.There’s...

What I learned from interviewing 9 successful freelancers

Think of someone you really admire as a freelancer.Have you ever wished you could just contact them out of the blue and ask permission to question them for 20 minutes on a specific topic they’re really knowledgeable in?Last month, that’s just what I did. I interviewed 9 successful freelancers on topics like:hiring employeesovercoming self-doubtworking with...

Three client-types that are guaranteed to bring tons of business

Last time I checked, 74% of our new business came from word of mouth referrals. That’s just downright staggering isn’t it? Pretty much three quarters of our clients came from people jibbering on about how awesome we are (or something to that effect, we’ll just go with that to stroke my ego okay?)You do good...

How we solved almost EVERY problem a freelancer can face

One of the most powerful lessons I’ve ever learned came from my first mentor, my half-brother Steve. I called him complaining about some clients and the crazy revisions they wanted and he said…“You know, dude… When stuff like this happens, there’s really no one to blame. It just means you’re missing a system to deal...