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Building Your Business Through Relationships

Michael Janda with Julian Rotondo talk about their experiences growing their design businesses through building real relationships with their clients. People do business with people they trust. In order for a client to trust you, they need to know you and have a deeper relationship. It is time to stop being afraid to get out from behind your computer and to go and meet with your current clients face to face…then get involved in networking groups and start building new client relationships.

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How to Succeed as a Remote Designer

How to Succeed as a Remote Designer

Michael Janda and Elize Todd discuss techniques that can help you succeed as a remote designer including: organizing your workweek in advance, setting a daily work schedule, using a Slack channel for clients, and the importance of video conferencing. Your clients must see you as an extension of their team. Work to build real relationships with them through onsite meetings and video conferencing.

Elizé is a UX design strategist, educator, and YouTuber. She specializes in working with startups and small businesses, from design strategy to hiring and mentoring.

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You Need a Portfolio Clause

You Need a Portfolio Clause // Michael Janda and Arcui Usoara discuss how you need a clause in the terms and conditions of your proposal/contract that says something along the lines of, “The designer retains the right to use the work product in their portfolio, website, social media channels, and other related materials for marketing purposes.”

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How to Transition from Logo Design to Brand Strategy

How to Transition from Logo Design to Brand Strategy // Michael Janda and Jacob Cass discuss the ways that a designer can transition from logo design to brand strategy. This service offering will position you away from the Fiverr designers of the world and allow you to increase your value to your clients and the amount of money you can charge them to work with you.

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Handling Trade Requests

When a Client Wants to Pay with Trade, Michael Janda and Cassi Nicole. // How to handle a client who wants to pay with a trade of services. // Clients offer to trade all kinds of crazy things for design services. I once had a client offer my agency a freezer full of beefalo meat in lieu of some of their payment. In this video we discuss some things to consider when a client offers a trade deal. Most importantly, YOU are in control of your business. YOU dictate the terms, not your client.

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