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7 quick tips to grow your business without spending lots of money

A lot of us in the creative workforce start our businesses by bootstrapping. Whether you want a side gig that pays for some fun “extras” or a full-fledged web design agency, you’ll probably do some bootstrapping right in the beginning. The good news is that you’ve got innumerable options for growing your business without having to spend a ton...

How to package your services to upsell clients

If you’re ready to grow your business and increase profits, there are a few ways you can go about it, no matter what type of creative business you’re in. The first strategy that probably comes to mind is to find more clients—it’s the natural next step, right? Then maybe you have the idea to find higher-paying clients. Even better, right?! But there’s...

3 subtle but success-stifling mistakes every freelance designer makes (and how to avoid them!)

Nobody likes making mistakes. Sure, there’s that whole “fail faster” thing where you convince yourself that failure is a good thing because you can grow and learn and now you won’t waste your time on something that’s ultimately going to fail. That’s not what I’m talking about, though. What I’m talking about are the flubs. The dumb...

5 tips to create a captivating portfolio on your website

As a project-based company, it can be challenging to find the right way to feature your work without overcrowding your website or negatively impacting the user experience. But, showing off your work in a clear, visually-appealing manner is important because it proves your expertise, builds credibility, and visualizes the quality of your work for your...

Do you have a creative ritual yet? Here’s how to find it

You may be a creative professional, but that doesn’t mean you’re just a creativity widget that can be cranked every time you need a new idea. You need habits and routines that feed your creativity, to keep up your energy and inspiration during the design process. It’s especially important for those of us who make a living through some form of creativity...

4 ways to think more creatively every day

When you work in a creative industry, there’s an expectation that your creativity switch is always set to “on.” But ask any designer, and they’ll tell you just how untrue that is. Working on client projects all day, everyday is the dream, but the constant work-flow can make it difficult to keep the creative juices flowing. Plus, by the time you go through...

12 creative ideas to escape designer’s block

Some days are brilliant and oh so inspired. Other days, it’s like your creative muse could hit you over the head and you still can’t seem to come up with any good ideas. Even though creative blocks are a normal occurrence, it can be extremely frustrating for designers, developers, and any type of creative to run into. You’re not alone though;...

10 ways to stay positive as a creative professional

Let’s face it—working in the creative industry is challenging. Whether you run a freelance business or work for an agency, there are a lot of non-creative things to keep track of (budgets, processes, client relationships) while also trying to stay newly inspired and constantly creative. And when you’re juggling so many different types of tasks while...

6 alternatives to lorem ipsum

When a new client chooses to work with you, there are numerous factors that go into their decision to choose your agency over another. One of the most compelling reasons a client will choose your agency is if your brand persona resonates with them and their business. Making sure that your brand persona is reinforced as often as possible for your...

Understanding UX: what we can learn from rage clicks

We’ve all been there. You’re on a website looking for something specific, you find it, you click it, and…nothing happens. It’s frustrating, and sometimes, you’ll take out that frustration on your mouse. This is probably the most common example of what developers refer to as “rage clicking.” When a user is rage clicking on your site, there’s probably...

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