Your Design Client's Top 5 Complaints & How to Avoid Them

by Bianca Board on 2 July 2014

There’s nothing I love more than sitting down in front of my lappy when I get out bed (whatever time that may be) and reading the latest articles from my favourite blogs. One article that got me wired the other day was one about the top 5 complaints that design clients have.  

It was such a good read, I really wanted to share what I learnt with you and give you my take on it. Here goes...

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6 Web Design Specialities to Get Excited About

by Andrew Coyne on 19 June 2014

If you’re one of my ProPartners, or a designer who’s passionate about supplying great web designs to their clients, you’ll agree with me that getting your business out of first gear is one the hardest things to do.

In fact if you’re still new to the web design game, you could still be stuck in first gear. Heck, I know some guys who are still stuck in first gear and they’ve been in the game for two years now!

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7 Damn Good Reasons Why Being a Freelance Designer is the Best Job In The World!

by on 23 April 2014

This week I’m going to do something a little bit different and I’m going to celebrate why being a freelance designer is positively the most awesomest thing you can ever do.

You see... I love running my design business and running the Web123 ProPartner program, but there will always be that little part of me that will fondly remember starting out as a freelance designer...

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The 12 Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Key Jobs

by Bianca Board on 16 April 2014

If you’re the owner of a design business, you’re probably like me; driven, passionate, committed and determined to let your business take off.

Naturally it’s your baby, and often it’s difficult to shake off old habits. What old habits am I talking about? Well....

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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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