7 Ways I Deal With Designer Burnout

by Bianca Board on 11 April 2014

I’m no stranger to burnout. In fact I’d go as far as to say I’m quite the elite pro these days.

My biggest burnout was just last year when I spent 9 months solid working 80-100 hour weeks to bring my  ProPartner Program to life. I honestly felt like I gave birth to a 400-pound baby elephant after we launched but the hardest part was that I couldn’t take a break...

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5 Ways to Kill Your Client / Designer Relationship

by Bianca Board on 4 April 2014

Famous actor and voiceover artist Harlen Hogan, made a famous quote: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

But the only problem with this quote is that it implies to some that once you’ve made that first great impression, that you and the client are set for life.

And boy, through years of experience, I can tell ya, you ain’t. Once you’ve successfully landed your dream client, you need to keep them close to you on a tight leash to keep them happy. Because it only takes one mistake to potentially lose them. [read more...]

8 Reasons Why Design Mentoring Is So Important For Both Parties

by Bianca Board on 26 March 2014
It wasn’t long after I left design school that I realised it didn’t matter how good my design education was, we never stop learning. And later on, you never stop teaching either.

I hired my first mentor after just one year in business before online courses and the web had really taken off. I rang this guy from a marketing company asking him to help me with some market research and...

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Professional Rejection and How to Deal With It

by Bianca Board on 19 March 2014

As an entrepreneur and as a designer, nothing gives me a bigger kick than when I successfully deliver something to a client and they love it. What can I say? I love praise! It’s why I decided to take the plunge into running my own business.

In fact, I’d go as far as to say that pursuing that gratitude is what drives me when it comes to becoming an entrepreneur. I just love helping people. Now.. that all sounds ‘nice’, but unfortunately, there is a flipside to this professional ‘love in’.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Give Away Ideas

by on 13 March 2014

Here’s a million dollar question. How do you prove to a potential client that you’re awesome?

You could tell them you’re a web design rockstar, and they might believe you. But, more likely, they’ll just think you’re up yourself (no one wants to hire an arrogant designer). Instead, you could show them your portfolio and hope it speaks for itself, but that’s usually not enough. So, what’s a designer to do?

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How to Quote Without Going Broke

by on 6 March 2014

I receive a lot of emails from new freelancers wondering how to cost projects profitably, how to set healthy margins... you know, all the stuff we don’t get taught in design school! 

Sometimes we get too busy to handle a job ourselves, so we hire a design contractor to handle it for us. That’s a great position to be in, but not if you’re not charging enough... 

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7 Things to Include in Your Web Design Contracts

by Bianca Board on 28 February 2014

When you meet a client, it's usually at their most PASSIONATE, just when they’re about to start a new project or reinvigorate an old one. They believe in you, they trust you to bring their idea to life. 

It’s a wonderful and creative time, and that’s GREAT, but the sad reality is that even the best relationship can go sour...

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5 Things to Ask Yourself to Avoid Design Meetings from Hell

by Bianca Board on 20 February 2014

Now before I continue this article, I want to tell you loud and clear that I love my clients. Do you love your clients? Because I love mine.

They allow me to live the dream of being a truly independent designer! 

Thanks to them I have flexible work hours, I can work where I want (no gray-walled offices for me!!!) and I can produce the designs I want to create.

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