15 Must-Read Tips on Managing Client Expectations

Creative Boom

The dream of landing a new client can sometimes turn into a nightmare. When that happens, it's natural to blame the client. Yet, it's often possible to stop such relationships from turning sour by improving how you manage client expectations from start to finish.

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Three common mistakes designers make when creating websites for clients

Creative Boom

A well-designed site can help clients grow, attract more visitors and even turn them into happy customers. Get the design wrong, though, and it can spell real trouble for your clients. Being too afraid to speak up and challenge the client.

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50 questions to ask clients when designing a logo

Creative Boom

Designing a logo isn't a case of just dashing off a quick sketch and hoping the client likes it. To help you out, we've put together a handy list of questions to answer your client. In meetings with clients, you can brainstorm all the ideas in the world for creating a great new logo.

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12 Graphic Design Portfolio Essentials (Top Tips for Landing Clients)

Just Creative

No truer is this mantra than when you want to impress potential clients with your portfolio. That means incorporating the latest design trends so potential clients take notice and pick you over your competitors. Clients love to know the reasoning behind your creative process.

Five ways a.design domain helps you win clients

Creative Boom

And it can be a great way to win more clients and boost your freelance practice or company. Image licensed via Adobe Stock. Getting a URL that ends in.design is simple and easy. But you don’t have to take our word for it.

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How to Win More Freelance Clients When You've Quit Social Media

Creative Boom

And it's not like posting on social media is the best way to find new clients anyway. Then read on, as we offer ten practical tips to win freelance clients without using social media. Organic search brings in over 90% of our clients and customers," says designer Mike Hindle.

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Dealing With an Absentee Web Design Client

SpeckyBoy

It also requires a healthy dose of communication between a designer and their client. Because, without client input, how can you possibly achieve a project’s goals? Of course, not all clients work this way. Prolonged silence from these types of clients is understandable.

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30 Amusing Stories of Clients From Hell

Inspiration Feed

Everybody has at least one client horror story, especially if you’re a designer or developer. Dealing with imbecile clients who just don’t understand the hard work and time it takes to create a beautiful design takes guts.

How to Get Your First Web Design Client

SpyreStudios

There are no easy hacks on how to get your first web design client. Although it is possible to get your first client in the next 72 hours, it will need more willpower, confidence, and effort than anything. Most, if not all, clients want to see the “real thing” a.k.a.

How to Provide Great Support to Your Web Design Clients

SpeckyBoy

Even if you’ve built an amazing website for your client, poor support is likely to damage the relationship. Let’s look at a few ingredients for keeping your websites running smoothly and your clients happy. When a client approaches you with an issue, it’s easy to jump to conclusions.

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Tips on Writing Effective Website Documentation for Your Clients

SpeckyBoy

Showing your clients how it works can be just as challenging. There are many ways to go about the client education process. When combined with more personal forms of training, it provides an excellent reference that clients can look back on. Help Clients Learn and Grow.

Why Third Parties Are Taking an Interest in Your Client’s Website Security

SpeckyBoy

Fending off automated attacks against content management systems (CMS), training clients, and continuously updating software take their toll. For years, security processes were primarily between a designer, host, and client. Website security is serious business.

How To Improve Your Photography Brand to Get More Clients

Just Creative

And there are many reasons why many of them are losing a steady client base. Not only will the client look at their portfolio, but also require that photographers have some form of guarantee for their work. Attract new clients. A stable brand usually gets the most clients.

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Helping Your Clients with Unexplained Website Phenomena

SpeckyBoy

Working with clients is always an adventure. One thing you can count on, however, is that there will come a time when a client has trouble (real or perceived) with their website. For example, a client sees something that you can’t. For clients, JavaScript is downright stealthy.

Create Content That Targets Your Existing Design Clients

SpeckyBoy

When it comes to marketing your freelance web design business, it’s easy to spend the bulk of your energy on attracting new clients. There is great value in keeping existing clients in the loop. With that in mind, think about the most effective ways to communicate with your clients.

How to Gain the Trust of Your Web Design Clients

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Trust is the foundation of a good client/designer relationship. Just about every freelancer has a story about an untrustworthy client. Web designers have a part to play in terms of gaining the trust of clients as well. So, how do you gain the trust of a client?

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8 Ways Freelancers Can Stand Out & Win More Clients

Just Creative

8 Ways New Freelancers Can Stand Out From The Competition To Get More Clients. But, is this really the kind of client you wish to have? Going cheap is not the solution, especially when you are trying to get your business off the ground and gain respect from high-paying clients.

A Client’s Role in Website Accessibility

Speckyboy Design Magazine

It also requires our clients to buy in as well. With that, we’ve put together this guide that is filled with ways clients can help in the process. Both designers and their clients tend to like shiny things – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Dealing With a Panicky Design Client

SpeckyBoy

Everyone has had the kind of clients that you wish you could punch – the scope creepers , the micromanagers, the non-payers. But there’s a certain kind of client in particular who is as much a danger to themselves as they are to you.

How to Present your Logo Designs to Clients – Top Tips & Tools

Just Creative

It’s presenting your work to clients. So, they convey their reasoning and vision to clients – while beginners simply send an image. A good presentation allows you to: Sell your logo designs to prospective clients. The client hasn’t seen any of your logos yet.

How to Help Your Clients Overcome Fear of Commitment

SpeckyBoy

Because of that, a commitment-phobic client may become overwhelmed. When clients can’t make the necessary decisions regarding their website, there’s very little a designer can accomplish. The following are some ways to help even the most skittish of clients move forward. -->.

Helping Your Clients Master eCommerce

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Among the biggest challenges is finding out exactly what a client wants and needs. First, it’s all about showing clients the lay of the land. Let’s take a look at some ways to help clients make sense of eCommerce. This is where client training plays a big role.

The Grumpy Designer Wonders: Why Are Clients So Cheap?

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Yet, that’s what so many clients have come to expect. With that in mind, let’s take some time to discuss cheap clients and how they limit what a designer can reasonably accomplish. This inevitably leads to clients who want that one extra feature.

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Illustrator Jessica Meyrick on developing a style, working with clients you love, and the power of the female form

Creative Boom

Having known that she wanted to be an artist from an early age, Jessica has realised this ambition by signing up with The Jacky Winter Group to work with clients such as the Boston Globe, Facebook, Apple and Penguin Random House to name but a few.

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How to Stop Getting Burned by Your Design Clients

Speckyboy Design Magazine

It seems like every designer has a horror story or two (or seventeen) about getting ripped off by a client who refuses to pay. ” But really, it’s often the only thing you can do if you find yourself in an unfortunate money situation with a client. Choose Your Clients Well.

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What Your Clients Need to Know About a Website Redesign

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Clients may not fully realize how much work goes into building a great website. Redesigns are among the toughest concepts for clients to grasp. Both clients and designers have to buy in. As is often the case, a designer’s ability to educate clients is key.

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How Novice Designers Can Improve Their Client Rosters

SpeckyBoy

It’s something that most young freelance designers face, especially as they improve their skills and become better designers, yet their client roster is still as uninspiring as ever. Every time we meet with a client, we have to sell them on our ideas.

Why Web Design Client Referrals Aren’t a Slam-Dunk

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Booking new clients this way can allow you to forgo at least some of the costs involved with traditional marketing. Plus, there’s something to be said when an existing client goes out of their way to tell a friend about you.

How to Help Your Clients with Website Content Strategy

Speckyboy Design Magazine

First, clients are generally not content creators. Here are a few ways you can help your clients with their website content strategy. Search out the key selling points and discuss them with your client. The goal is to help your client to narrow their focus.

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How to Improve Your Communication With Clients

Speckyboy Design Magazine

When you drown your clients in information they don’t need to know, they’ll usually have a similar reaction. When a potential client asks about what kind of design services you offer, do you tell them something to the effect of “oh, a little bit of everything?”

Clients Make Too Many UX Decisions. Here’s How to Stop Them.

SpeckyBoy

The boundaries between a web designer and their client can often become blurred. Designers, in an effort to please paying customers, put client feedback into action – even if it leads the project in the wrong direction. Let’s explore some ways to keep clients at a safe distance from UX.

Finding Your Comfort Zone with Clients

Speckyboy Design Magazine

It also requires communicating with both current and prospective clients. But client relations? While I’m far from perfect, I have learned some valuable lessons about gaining comfort and confidence with clients. Meet Clients Where They Are.

4 Ways Clients Can Hurt Project Outcomes (and How You Can Save the Day)

SpeckyBoy

Clients can be especially difficult to deal with in this area. With that, let’s explore some ways that a client could negatively impact the outcome of a project. It stands to reason that you can’t help a client achieve their goal if no one knows what it is.

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The Types of Freelance Design Clients You Should Avoid

SpeckyBoy

Maybe your teachers warned you to be as discerning as possible when taking on new clients (or maybe they told you the opposite, but you knew it was BS), but reality is often a rude awakening from what you expected when you first started working. A bad client is bad news , period.

Freelancers: Collecting Comprehensive Creative Brief from Your Client

HONGKIAT

The bakery incident bears a striking similarity with a typical scenario at an advertising agency or a design studio, when a creative brief is collected from a client. How to Work Better with Clients. How to Work Better with Clients. Info about the Client Company.

Dealing With Sudden Client Designer Syndrome

Speckyboy Design Magazine

We’ve all been there: a client really, really wants to make a change to your design that, as a designer, you can immediately tell will result in disaster. What are your clients’ true desires , you ask? If they can’t, it’s probably time to find a new client.).

Jumping Through Hoops for Prospective Web Design Clients

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Booking new clients for your web design business is challenging. Once in a while you’ll run into a prospective client who plays the part of the sly host. You’re trying to land a new client but have to endure the third-degree.

Building Client-Proof WordPress Websites

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Handing off a new WordPress website to a client offers a great feeling of satisfaction. But, if your client is responsible for managing content themselves, those pixels may no longer be so perfect after a while. You may not be able to stop a determined client at every turn.

Examining the Evolution of the Typical Web Design Client

Speckyboy Design Magazine

But, what about our clients? It’s fair to wonder how the typical web design client has evolved over the same time period. As someone who has been a freelancer since the late 1990s, I’ve witnessed a lot of change in client attitudes, knowledge and expectations.

What to Do When a Web Design Client Leaves

Speckyboy Design Magazine

Have you ever noticed that most freelance web design advice is related to gaining new clients? Instead of rehashing all the old strategies for increasing business, let’s talk about what happens when a client heads out the door.