10 Tips For Turning Your Design Clients Into Your Personal Marketing Machines.

by Bianca Board on 21 September 2013

Do you remember when you first got into graphic design and it was all sunshine and lollypops? I remember meeting my first few clients and actually being excited for the ‘amazing’ opportunity of designing a sewerage management treatment brochure. I shit you not! ;-)

These days it gets a little harder to stay ‘excited’, doesn’t it? And I’ll admit, although I still love graphic design and web design, the passion starts to falter a little bit. Especially when you’re dealing with a difficult client  or working on the dullest website imaginable. So whaddoya do?

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How To Jump Ship From Print to Web Design

by Bianca Board on 7 October 2013

OK, the first thing is: DON'T PANIC!! The second thing is... are you ready? Print design isn’t what it used to be.

But then, you probably know that already. You can see it in the closed print businesses around town, and you can see it when your phone doesn't ring like it used to, right?

I’ve already talked about why print design is dying, so today I want to talk to you about how you can escape the slow decline and move into web design.

Hey, are you hyperventilating?? I said ‘don’t panic’ remember? Breathe deeply and go with me here!

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The 10 Questions You MUST Ask Your Client Before Designing Their Website

by Bianca Board on 15 November 2013

Okay, okay, I know the title of this blog sounds pretty familiar, right? 

But I still see designers who start out with all good intentions, then get busy or carried away with the fun part, and end up delivering something that the client never wanted. 

Or worse, they deliver something that doesn't produce ANY results for their clients. Bah-bow. 

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6 Types of Time-Challenged Designers (& How To Overcome It)

by on 29 November 2013

Now, I don’t want to brag, but I get a lot done. I’ve always been impatient and I want results yesterday so I push myself hard. I also make a habit of regularly apologising to my loved ones for the pace I sometimes set; but hey, it seems to be the mark of an entrepreneur in ‘hustle phase’, so kinda goes with the territory!

It wasn’t always like that, though. Once upon a time I struggled with getting stuff done, I struggled to carve enough time out of my day to work on my big goals and I felt like I was drowning under all the pressure. So, what changed?

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A Powerful Technique to Get Constructive Client Feedback the First Time [with FREE Download]

by Bianca Board on 6 December 2013
You’d have to agree with me when I say: “Getting feedback from a client is often like getting blood from a stone.” Well read this post to find out how to get that feedback first time... every time. And look out for my freebie at the end! You'll love it, I promise. It's okay, you can buy me a drink later to say thanks... [read more...]

How to Improve Your Design Business By Asking Your Clients One Simple Question

by Bianca Board on 13 December 2013

Do you know what one of best ways you can improve yourself as a designer and the work you produce? Basically it’s by asking your biggest critics... your very own clients.

And I know... that is a really scary prospect. When the job is done and the money has passed hands, clients can become BRUTALLY honest.

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5 Time Management Tips For Creative People

by Bianca Board on 19 December 2013

I've already blogged about how I realised that my faulty mindset was the main reason why I wasn't achieving the success and freedom I’d hoped for. But there was one more hurdle to overcome: Time management! 

Clearly with 20 staff members over Australia and a growing web design business I've cracked the time management thing (most days). So here's the top 5 tips I've learned...

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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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