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The Designing Business

PORTFOLIO: What's yours is NOT theirs

Susan Kirkland Noted author Susan Kirkland often gets email from somebody who's being hassled by a previous client or employer. They are demanding that some piece of artwork be removed from the designer's website because it was done either as an employee, a work for hire or just because they think they can make the demand. This article clears up who owns what and how to handle those requests.

Templates for Profit

Fred Showker Whether you're a new designer, or a new freelancer, you need some basic starting points to answer the questions. The 'old guard' of the design profession shuns pre-designed templates. But I don't shun them when they can turn a $20 per hour profit into an $85 per hour profit! Templates for Profit

Your Book as Your Business Card

Book as Your Business Card What is 6" by 9," usually weighs roughly one pound, and is giving an increasing number of business leaders an advantage over the competition? A book. 'The book as a business card' has added a new and powerful tool for marketing ... Your Book as Your Business Card

Easy timers and counters

Easy timers and counters Having problems keeping track of time -- or timing events or schedules? This app provides unique features such as tilt and shake control, timer linking, and customized pictures and text. It comes complete with unique tilt and shake control, timer linking, and provision for customized pictures and text. Easy timers and counters

Sales Boost for Creative Professionals

Sales Boost for Creative Professionals These days you would think freelancers, designers, illustrators, photographers and other creative professionals need to get into high gear marketing themselves. But instead of searching for that elusive "magic wand" to bring a sudden influx of projects, listen to some sage advice from Mark Dollan , Founder/CEO of Creative Briefcase, that will help boost sales for creative pros

Sending invoices made easy

For the small business or consulting firm, Involer is a simple, easy to use invoicing application for Mac OS X where you can create, print, export and track the status of your invoices within a single, easy to use interface. With Involer, you can be up and running with your company in just a few seconds, and sending invoices in minutes. Easy invoicing for business

Colour My World

Quite unexpected, this article appeared in our mailbox with a note from one "Retired Major Martin" saying "Please publish this." As we read the article, we knew you might enjoy it :
      "... the need for faster and bigger video cards developed into a pixel race game with macho 'whose is bigger' mentalities. Of course, bigger meant more dollars spent." Or, should we call the article "What will the future bring?"

The Leadership Vacuum

Nick Tassler talks about the future work force What will we lose with the next generation? Nick Tasler, TalentSmart's global research leader takes a look at the future's work force and what exactly constitutes a high quality leader -- but what he finds is a huge gap between Boomers and Millennials in self-management -- which will become The Leadership Vacuum

Another boring PowerPoint? Oh No!

PowerPoint tips and presentation techniques you can learn to improve your presentations It makes you cringe when someone says "watch this powerpoint" because you know it's going to bore you to tears! In these three articles from CIO you'll learn a collection of PowerPoint tips and presentation techniques you can learn to improve your presentations - PowerPoint Tips: Keep Your Audience Awake

Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business

Start a business Just starting out in business? Launching a freelance career? Here are killer mistakes to avoid when starting a business excerpted from So, You Want to Start a Business? by Ed Hess and Charles Goetz 8 Killer Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business

Why Bad Spending Happens To Good People

Nick Tasler  Why Bad Spending Happens To Good People Everyone needs good spending habits -- particularly as the economy slows down. In today's over stimulated, over saturated world it's even more important to develop a sharp awareness to where each dollar goes. Noted author Nick Tassler explains some tips to live by and Why Bad Spending Happens To Good People

New Product Blueprinting

Product blueprinting Dan Adams says the only way to win in tough times is through organic growth. Companies must consistently come up with differentiated new products customers want to buy--and that means finding clarity in the "fuzzy front end" of the process. New Product Blueprinting

Picking up the Pieces of my Life

George Engel is the Naked Serviceman This month George relates a little problem he had downloading some graphics for his May newsletter -- which turned into big problems after turning off his Windows anti-virus software... Lessons learned ... again!

Start a business now??? Some say yes

Start a business These tough economic times have many Americans looking for work -- and looking for more ways to make ends meet. Authors Ed Hess and Charles Goetz have some advice you might not expect to hear right now: Start your own business! The $tart-Up $olution

Business: The Land of Difficult People

Difficult PeopleFrom Tibet to Mexico to the Balkans, every culture has its own cherished folktales. Now, Terrence L. Gargiulo and Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D share their wisdom for dealing with typical workplace characters drawn from the world's treasury of folk stories -- in the Land of Difficult People continue reading...

Business: Advice for Design Creatives

Business news The financial news of the past few weeks has left many a business owner panicked -- guess who gets hit the worst? Creatives! But David Giannett says you can actually use the economic downturn to create a better organization. Surviving the Economic Downturn

Economic Apocalypse: Eight Steps Your Company Can Take to Survive It

The private business sector is in trouble, and the final showdown is coming. If you're one of the 75 percent of mid-sized companies that's not increasing in value, it's time to adapt or die. Private business guru Rob Slee explains what you need to do right now to stay alive. Become a Midas Manager

Direct Marketing Primer

 Lynne Saarte and Janice Jenkins present a four-page primer on direct response marketing. First, Janice addresses "generation y" marketing. Topics covered are using your database, marketing with postcards, and measuring your direct response marketing campaign.

How much should I charge

Fred Showker In the Design Cafe I provided an answer to one of the most frequent questions we receive -- about pricing creative services. Whether you're a new designer, or a new freelancer, you need some basic starting points to answer the questions...
* How much should I charge??
* How do I find and get new clients?
* Lead Services: Pros & Cons

Business: The ultimate design brief

shaun crowleyYour design can only be as good as the brief you worked from. The best projects are borne from briefs that are open enough to inspire ideas, while being specific enough to feel workable. Shaun Crowley shows how you can elicit these kinds of briefs by providing clients with The ultimate design brief

Business: Marketing & Strategy for 2008

Three excellent short pieces help you fine tune your business for the coming year:

A quick Tune up for your computer

Wesley Warren Is your PC not running like it used to? Bogged down by too many startup items, slow to load, slow to restart? Maybe it's time for your annual end of the year PC tune up! Wesley Warren of Vexcom.com shares these tune-up tricks for your Annual PC Maintenance: A quick Tune up for your computer

Business Advice from Adriana

You Are the News: Citizen Journalism

Paul Sullivan of OratoThis is an important article -- and we hope to bring you more coverage on the topic. Citizen journalism allows writers and viewers alike to decide for themselves what is timely, relevant, and newsworthy. Five Reasons Why Citizen Journalism is a concept whose time has come
Then, Paul Sullivan, editor in chief of Orato.com, takes a moment to tell us a little bit about this multi-faceted Web site and the future of citizen journalism. Common Questions about Citizen Journalism

Promotional ideas of the season

Fred Showker We're back again with more ideas on using scratch pads for your seasonal promotion -- this time I've included templates, layouts and even a starter kit. If you haven't put your promo into motion yet, perhaps you should ask What's a little padding between friends?

The Padding Magic Padding Press

Magic Padding PressWhen you read the padding press articles and instructions here, you might be asking yourself how to get a padding press. Hugh Lyman, engineer and inventor contacted me to show me his new padding press design -- and this is a knock-out -- the one you need is the Padding Magic Padding Press

Business: Rise of the Designer / Copywriter

shaun crowleyMarketing-savvy designers who complement their design service with copywriting can expect more lucrative projects and plenty of on-going work. Marketing consultant Shaun Crowley looks at a few copywriting designers who no longer tell their clients "I'm a designer not a writer". Rise of the Designer / Copywriter

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