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The Don’ts of Running Your Own Design Business

Whether you’ve been running your own design business for years, or if you’re just in the process of considering it, this episode is for you!

Listen as the gang breaks down some of the most common mistakes designers run into as they get their creative business off the ground, as well as common mistakes they can make for years into their run.

Since this is the first part of a 2-part episode, tune in next time for the flip-side of this discussion — the ‘do’s.

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losing a big fish design client

The Downside of Big Fish Clients

While having a big client sounds like a dream come true for any designer, it can put your business at serious risk, often with little to no advance notice. What happens if/when they decide to go in a different direction, or go through a regime change, or just fold up shop altogether?

In this episode, the gang discusses what to do to avoid this happening to you in the first place, and what to do if it does happen.

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2019 logo design trends podcast

2019 Logo Design Trends With LogoLounge’s Bill Gardner!

I can never believe it when a whole year has passed, and it’s time to once again sit down with our old pal Bill Gardner, founder of LogoLounge.

Listen in as we talk all about the newest crop… what works, what doesn’t, and what might soon be on its way out. We had lots of fun with this episode, I think you’ll feel it too as you listen!

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offboarding design clients

Client Off-Boarding & Project Wrap-Ups

A few episodes back, we talked all about how to properly onboard a new client, and kick off a project. But what do you do when the project is over?

In this episode, the gang discusses what we’ve been doing wrong in terms of vague endings, and how we plan on wrapping up projects in a crystal clear manner that leaves nothing up to the imagination. Whether you want to leave the door open to more work with a particular client, or just want to put an end to the scope creep that can come with ambiguous project endings, this episode is a must-listen!

We also tackle a listener question about how to organize all those miscellaneous design assets we use over and over again.

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graphic design tools

Design & Business Tools We Can’t Live Without

As a designer, we have a very particular set of skills. But what about the tools that we use every day that help us do what we do?

In this heartwarming episode, the gang goes over their must-have tools in 3 categories:

  1. Business
  2. Design
  3. Inspiration

Lots of fun stuff here, so gather round and give it a listen!

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audio Q&A

Answering Your Questions: All Audio Edition!

We’re finally back to answering your listener questions, and this time, we had a bunch of audio questions to get through! They cover a wide variety of topics, and we wrap up answering a few last-minute questions submitted on instagram.

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when design clients don't pay

When Clients Don’t Pay

One of the toughest pills to swallow as a designer is when we run into that client who just refuses to pay you. I think we’ve all run into this at one point or another.

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Steve Pomerantz, CEO of Freelance Collection, which is a collection service for creatives. He goes over how to avoid non-payment in the first place, what to do when you’re being stiffed, as well as 3 types of non-paying clients to watch out for.

He’s also prepared a handy little guide: 20 Types of Non-Paying Clients & Strategies For Getting Paid

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how to onboard a new design client

How We Onboard New Design Clients

If clients are the lifeblood of any creative business, the way we onboard them matters. In this episode, the each of us talks about our specific process we use to welcome clients into our business, and how we set their project up for success. Lots of tips to be learned here!

We also answer a listener question about how to answer one of the most dreaded job interview questions ever.

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2019 web design trends

2019 Web Design Trends

A few episodes back, we covered all the latest graphic design trends to pay attention to in 2019. Now it’s time to focus on the trends that apply to websites and web design!

We talk about design trends, as well as some interesting tech, tools and workflows that are trending now. Not only will these trends allow you to remain current as a designer, but some of them are going to increase conversions, and save you lots of time as well.

It’s never been a better time to be a web designer!

We also answer a listener question about backing up files.

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legal advice for graphic designers

Legal Tips & Takeaways for Designers

Over the years, we’ve gotten a bunch of legal questions submitted from our listeners. But we never feel very comfortable answering them — until now!

In this episode, the gang sits down with Angie Avard Turner, a designer-turned-attorney for creatives. She answers all OUR questions, as well as a bunch that were submitted by you, our loyal listeners.

This is a very important episode, and we had a lot of fun recording it too. There’s truly something for everyone in this episode, so pay close attention for the sake of your creative business!

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Information contained in this podcast is general in nature, for informational purposes only, and it is not intended as legal advice.  Legal advice should be obtained from an attorney before action is taken based upon this information. Listening to this podcast, in no way, creates an attorney-client relationship.