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Why clients often undervalue graphic design (and how to persuade them otherwise)

Creative Boom

Image licensed via Adobe Stock Many clients don't fully appreciate what graphic designers can offer them. At the extreme, some clients look down their noses at you and think of you as a menial 'scribble monkey' who knows how to use Photoshop but little else.

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The Importance of Diversifying Your Client Roster

SpeckyBoy

For freelance web designers, this means not relying too much on a single client or project. The reality is that clients will come and go. And while losing a client could cost you significant revenue, the goal is to be able to survive and move on.

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The Website-Related Skills Your Clients Really Need to Know

SpeckyBoy

And one area that requires a lot of attention is making things easier for clients to manage. So, no matter how many customizations we’ve done, clients are still going to need to do some things for themselves. Helping Clients Help Themselves.

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How to Help Clients Round Out Their Ideas

SpeckyBoy

Working with clients requires a lot of exploration. The trouble is that unless your client is incredibly tech-savvy, they could have difficulty in providing fully-formed ideas. Instead, we must help our clients understand what they need and how it will impact their projects.

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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.

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Why It Takes Commitment to Work with Clients

SpeckyBoy

The ability to work with multiple clients is one of the perks of being a freelance web designer. It’s crucial to not only focus on a project’s outcome, but on our relationships with clients as well.

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The Case for Showing Freelance Clients Your Authentic Self

SpeckyBoy

Whatever the actual expectations of our clients, we might feel the need to project an image of having it all under control. Yet there can be a stigma attached to letting clients see us as we are – flaws and all. Not all clients are going to be happy with your answers.

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How to Find Prospective Clients on LinkedIn

Inkbot Design

How to Find Prospective Clients on LinkedIn. A good profile with lots of professional connections will help you build trust and credibility with potential clients so that when you need to sell them something, they'll be much more likely to buy from you.

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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.

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Getting Clients to Care About Their Website Long Term

SpeckyBoy

When you’re excited about a project, you inspire others to be as well – including clients. Suddenly, a client who was so elated pays significantly less attention to what is going on. How can we get clients to care about their website for the long term?

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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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What You Can Learn from Picky Design Clients

SpeckyBoy

Every designer has run into “that” client. You spend too much of your time trying to mollify one client while other projects fall by the wayside. There are some big-picture benefits of working with picky clients. And that doesn’t only apply to choosy 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.

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How to Find Out What a Web Design Client Really Needs

SpeckyBoy

One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with clients can be determining what they want and need. If you’re unsure of what a client needs, you’ll have great difficulty in building a website that serves both them and their users in the best possible way.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to Effectively Critique a Client’s Ideas

SpeckyBoy

We learn about our client’s needs, then design a website with them and their audience in mind. For their part, clients are pretty good at telling us if we’ve hit the mark (or not). Clients bring ideas to the table as well.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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. -->.

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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 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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When to Say “No” to Clients For Freelancers

HONGKIAT

The inevitable request from a client to revise a design to make it more… something. The client isn’t sure what exactly, but they know that whatever they’re looking at on the screen isn’t quite "there" yet. 11 Signs of Problematic Clients You Should Let Go.

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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.

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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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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.

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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?”

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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.

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The client is always right. // Poster Collection on Behance #agency #freelance #humour #print #color #vibrant #client #poster #art #clients #typography

Designspiration

The client is always right. // Poster Collection on Behance #agency #freelance #humour #print #color #vibrant #client #poster #art #clients #typography

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The client is always right. // Poster Collection on Behance #agency #freelance #humour #print #color #vibrant #client #poster #art #clients #typography

Designspiration

The client is always right. // Poster Collection on Behance #agency #freelance #humour #print #color #vibrant #client #poster #art #clients #typography

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4 Reasons to Suggest Conversational AI to Your Web Clients

Design Beep

When you work on web design projects for clients, you’ll always have ideas for how they can make their project better. Of course, clients tend to be picky and specific about what they want and often reject suggestions. Your clients may not know what will serve them.

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