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How To Accept Payments As A Freelance Designer
How To Accept Payments As A Freelance Designer 1 1 Nick Saporito

On sites like Upwork, Freelancer and Fiverr, accepting payments as a freelance designer and establishing working terms are things you need not worry about. The site handles it for you. If you’re setting up your own website and online business infrastructure though (like I recommend you do,) you’re going to need a way to get…

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Do You Need A Website As A Graphic Designer?
Do You Need A Website As A Graphic Designer? 1024 602 Nick Saporito

I see too many designers relying on other sites to host their work and conduct business, and I think it’s a mistake — a mistake I made and paid for myself in the past. You may not think you need a website to conduct business as a graphic designer, and technically you don’t, but I’d like to shed some…

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How not to get scammed as a freelancer
How Not to Get Scammed As a Freelancer
How Not to Get Scammed As a Freelancer 850 500 Nick Saporito

When you’re doing business on the internet, you’re usually dealing with strangers. It’s very easy to be scammed if you’re not careful. I’ve been hustled a few times in the past myself, but I’ve learned from those mistakes, and in this post I’m going to share my tips to avoid being scammed as a freelancer.…

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Facebook Ads For Freelancers: How To Get New Clients
Facebook Ads For Freelancers: How To Get New Clients 850 500 Nick Saporito

If there’s one thing I’m always in search of, it’s ways to market myself and find new design work online, even if I don’t necessarily need it at the moment. It’s an invaluable skill set to have, and given how rapidly the online landscape changes, you’ll never find yourself struggling to stay in business if…

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fiverr is bad
Fiverr is Bad for Designers? Not Necessarily. Here’s why…
Fiverr is Bad for Designers? Not Necessarily. Here’s why… 850 500 Nick Saporito

A common idea that I often see discussed in the design community is that Fiverr is bad — outright evil. It drives down the price of creative work for everyone else in the industry, and people are going as far as giving up on design as a career choice because the future of the industry looks grim.…

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advice for graphic design freelancers
Advice for Graphic Design Freelancers: 6 Mistakes I’ve Made in 5 Years
Advice for Graphic Design Freelancers: 6 Mistakes I’ve Made in 5 Years 850 500 Nick Saporito

I didn’t realize this much time had passed, but this November will mark 5 years that I’ve been in business as a freelance graphic designer. In 2011 I discovered a site known as Elance (at the time,) and decided to try it out and see if my design work was worth paying for. Fortunately, I…

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Upwork isn't doing too well
Upwork Going Down? What That Would Mean For Freelancers
Upwork Going Down? What That Would Mean For Freelancers 850 500 Nick Saporito

If you currently use Upwork, either as a client or a freelancer, it may be time to start making other arrangements. According to some data I’ve recently seen in a very interesting article, the company isn’t doing too well and Upwork going down may be a very real possibility. Upwork was formed as a result…

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Why Spec Work Is Bad: “Risk-Takers” Who Don’t Want To Take Risks
Why Spec Work Is Bad: “Risk-Takers” Who Don’t Want To Take Risks 850 500 Nick Saporito

Spec work is a very polarizing subject among designers and creative professionals. Personally, I think it’s far too complex and ambiguous a topic to speak definitively about, so I’d like to discuss this in detail and go over the various types of spec propositions I’ve received as a designer and offer my own personal insight…

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Using Youtube To Get Design Clients
Using Youtube To Get Design Clients 850 500 Nick Saporito

Last October I wrote a post about using Youtube to get design clients, but a lot has changed since then. My channel is now significantly bigger than it was at that time, with over 13K subscribers, over 700K total views and now averaging over 100K more views per month. So I feel compelled to follow…

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Preparing to Quit Your Job and Become Self-Employed
Preparing to Quit Your Job and Become Self-Employed 848 310 Nick Saporito

For most of us, graphic design starts out as a hobby, but as our skills progress over time we can’t help but be intrigued by the prospect of using it in commerce. Creative/digital media, graphic design services in particular, are a highly valuable and sought after skill that’s always in demand, and it can be…

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