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Growing Your Design Business Part 1: Managing Design Subcontractors

Growing Your Design Business Part 1: Managing Design Subcontractors

Welcome to the first episode in our series-within-a-series we like to call “Growing Your Design Business.” In this and future episodes, we will focus on growing your network of talent, allowing your design business to flourish and go places you never knew possible.

In this episode, we focus on the process of finding and managing design subcontractors. Why would you want to take this step? Many reasons: maybe you have an influx of work you can’t handle on your own. Maybe your skill set is limited, and hiring someone who can do what you can’t (or don’t want to) will allow your business to be more versatile.

We go over how to find the best talent, how to pay them, and how to oversee their work. When done right, the work done by another designer can really extend the reach of your design business, allowing you to take on more clients and do a broader scope of work.

We hope you enjoy this episode, and look out for future episodes within this mini-series!

Listener Question

This week, we take an audio question about how we as designers can best take care of our eyes. Since we rely on them so heavily for our work, we should all do what we can to make sure they work their best!

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(2) responses

Mike Baldwin

November 5, 2014

I love Adobe After Effects and without having Creative Cloud, I would have most likely never had the opportunity to play with it.
When I purchased CS4 I could do print and web. Now with CC, I can learn video, audio, more extensive web, animation to supplement my print and web skills. I LOVE CC!!


Britney Walters

December 29, 2014

Hey Guys!

I’m a new listener that just kind of stumbled across you guys on the interwebs. I am the Lead Designer at a start-up Creative agency my husband and I have been running for about a year and a half now. The journey has been really exciting and we have been getting great feedback and clientele, I just feel that there is always something to learn from someone else. In short, I’m so glad to have found you guys. A group of folks who are also doing things on their own but bring in the perspective of folks who are working at other agencies. The information is so valuable and you guys are so heart-warming, haha.

Thanks for all that you do. You have a new loyal listener!

– BW


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