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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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7 Tools Nobody Told You You’d Need As a Graphic Designer
7 Tools Nobody Told You You’d Need As a Graphic Designer 848 310 Nick Saporito

Everybody talks about the design software, everybody talks about design principles and best practices, and everybody talks about how to find clients. Not many people talk about the little things, though – those in-between resources that are not only helpful, but necessary to help get you through your work day as a graphic designer. Allow…

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Using Social Media to Develop Business Relationships
Using Social Media to Develop Business Relationships 848 310 Nick Saporito

In my freelancing guide I made a point to emphasize the importance of building ongoing business relationships with your clients and how crucial it is to building a steady, full-time income. If you want to be successful as a freelancer, you need referrals and repeat clients. No matter how well you promote, market or advertise…

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How Much Should You Charge For a Logo?
How Much Should You Charge For a Logo? 848 310 Nick Saporito

Asking how much a logo costs is like asking how much a car costs. What kind of car? New or used? Is it a luxury sedan or an economical compact? Are you purchasing it from an authorized dealer or a classified ad? How much mileage does it have? What condition is it in? So on and…

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Do You Need a Degree to Be a Graphic Designer?
Do You Need a Degree to Be a Graphic Designer? 848 310 Nick Saporito

I’ve been a freelance graphic designer since 2011 and in that time have worked for over 1,000 different clients to-date. My work has spanned a robust variety of clientele, ranging from smartphone accessory startups to intra-company hockey teams to branches of Fortune 500 companies and everything in-between. Despite the vast diverisity of people I’ve worked…

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You Need to Start a Youtube Channel
You Need to Start a Youtube Channel 848 310 Nick Saporito

I haven’t been on Youtube for very long. I initially opened an account back in February of 2014 just to subscribe to and keep up with a handful of channels I liked. It wasn’t until June of this year that I decided to start creating and uploading content of my own, but in that short…

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