Carson becomes a professional

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. This is the first of the series of five pieces, which explore: How to land a brand design assignment, learning to negotiate, getting a job at the firm of your choice, and taking control of salary negotiations.... March 26, 2013

IOU: What To Do When the Chips are Down

My friend Susan Kirkland is back again this month with some sage advice for those freelancing or running their own business in the creative world -- trying to survive in an edgy economy. March 19, 2013

12 Essential books for graphic designers, creative professionals, freelancers

The most frequent questions we get on an ongoing basis are questions about management. More and more people are launching their own careers into the creative fields with little or no formal education. But to be a success, you have to know the rules. Arm yourself with these and you cannot go wrong :
* Inside the Business of Graphic Design: 60 Leaders Share Their Secrets of Success
* Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business
* Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer
* The Graphic Designer's Guide to Pricing, Estimating, and Budgeting
* Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines
* The Creative Business Guide to Running a Graphic Design Business
* How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
* Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers
* The Designer's Guide To Marketing And Pricing
* 2012 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market
* Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators
* Start & Run a Graphic Design Business October 1, 2012

Time Tracking and Billing for Freelancers

Here's another time tracking and billing software application highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices. Fanurio is mainly used by freelancers who prefer a professional solution over pen and paper or spreadsheets to keep accurate records of their time and invoices. July 11, 2012

The Art of Saying No

Research from the University of California in San Francisco shows that the more difficulty you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Saying no is indeed a major challenge for most people. Anyone who suffers from the stress that comes from over commitment can get help themselves by following these simple strategies for saying no. June 11, 2012

Invoicing for Humans, and their Macs

This is called "Invoicing for humans" because we know creative people have a thing against billing -- yet really need to keep up with the revenue stream. This Mac app is created to make invoicing workflow easy and quick. It includes elegant document template, clients and products databases and is EU VAT regulations and sales tax compliant April 26, 2012

How is your online reputation?

New Nielsen statistics find that online reviews are widely trusted by consumers~~and that level of consumer trust is always increasing. In light of this, businesses need the services of companies that will help you manage your reputation now more than ever. As online reviews gain prominence, reputation management becomes essential. April 23, 2012

Time, Expense, and Mileage Tracking

As we've preached for many years, you'll never know how much to charge -- unless you know how much it costs! For that you need effective, competent time tracking. With TDF Tracker time, expense, and mileage tracking you can keep it all straight right on your iPad! August 25, 2011

Interview like a pro

A good designer knows how to INTERVIEW the client for complete understanding of the project. This mobile aide was developed to give anyone the tools they need to conduct, catalog, and review interviews effectively and professionally. And, it works on your iPhone or iPad! August 24, 2011

Best Digital Signature

As we move to a more digital world, even lawyers and accountants have embraced digital paper like PDF and others. Yet, any legal document is only as good as its signatures. For your contracts, NDRs, model releases, and even receipts and purchase orders, digital signature software is a must! July 25, 2011