How To Get Design Projects To Finish On Time

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You may think that this article is about completing a project within a client’s deadline. But it’s not. This is about how to make sure clients don’t stall their own project. How can this be? The client wants everything to be done as soon as possible, surely? Well, no. Not if they haven’t fully thought […]

How Web Designers and WordPress Developers Can Get Clients Online

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I have worked with over 200 clients who’ve contacted me though this site since 2006. It always amazes me how WordPress developers especially don’t use WordPress to get more work. Stick with me on this one. There’s a lot of good stuff here about what works NOW, even though SEO, Google and online behavior has changed so […]

12 Powerpoint Slide Design Crimes and How To Solve Them

Powerpoint Slide Design Crimes and How To Solve Them

Although many over-sensitive designers may wince at the very mention of the words “Microsoft Powerpoint”, the fact remains that many of my clients have to use it. Powerpoint is as ubiquitous as it is unpopular. Just because you are using what some consider to be an instrument of torture, doesn’t mean that you can’t be kind […]

Don’t Be A Web Designer

Don't Be A Web Designer

I write a lot about my web design business on this blog. I have also two successful products called Running A Web Design Business, an e-book and a video course. But I always say that you shouldn’t provide only a web design service. This is because, since I started the business in 2006, only about […]

Justify Your Web Design Work To Your Clients

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One of the biggest mistakes we as web designers can make is thinking that our creative work will sell itself. It’s an easy mistake to make. After all, when a client chooses me out of all of the other web designers around, I feel like they made the choice because they implicitly trust what I […]

How To Increase Your Web Design Prices

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Web designers are, generally, afraid to raise their prices. However, a good web designer will develop a website for a client that, if regularly updated, will be a powerful marketing tool for years to come. And, that’s worth money. The client billing life-cycle Usually, if you’re billing for website design and development, you start off […]

DMP 007: Marketing for Freelance Creatives with Alex Mathers

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I’m really excited to welcome Alex Mathers to the Design and Marketing Podcast. Alex is a freelance illustrator who has been on my radar for many years primarily because of his excellent RedLemonClub site for freelance creatives. I joined his mailing list back in 2009 (I don’t think I’ve been on any other list for […]

How To Deal With Nightmare Clients

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Wait … did someone say nightmare clients? Well, they do exist. To some they’re known as “late payers”, others refer to them as “time wasters”, I like to call them “ex-clients”. But here’s our definition of a nightmare client: a client who either wastes time or money (which is, essentially, the same thing: time = […]

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