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Invoicing  For Creatives

Invoicing for Creatives | Zorb DesignsINVOICING FOR CREATIVES & SMALL BUSINESSES

 

When you’re running your own business, you have a lot on  your shoulder… The client meetings, deadlines, keeping up to date with the social media etc. The last thing that should suffer because of all this is your accounts. A good practice to avoid that is to have your systems in places.

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Branding mistakes to avoid

Branding mistakes to avoidWe’re going to start this blog by asking you why do you buy a MAC product ? Or a GUCCI or PRADA? Why do we all go for certain kind of watch or aspire to own a certain car? What do they all have in common?

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How to lay down your terms as a Designer

TERMS FOR DESIGNER

 

When we first started working as designers, we never used a contract. We kind of assumed that it was obvious that we work for you, you pay us and we all go hopping back to our perfect lives.. Read More

How to Create a Design Brief

How to Create a Design Brief

 

This week we are up cycling an old post with a little added benefit which you get to see once you’ve read on.

A design brief is the base of every design. It’s a point of reference for creating the scope of work and also for designing. It is where we pen down the expectations, outcomes and final requirements. Read More

How to make a Design Proposal

Here goes your content

How to make a Design ProposalAs designers we often tend to overlook the nitty gritty of running a business. The stuff that can sometimes (for the lack of better words) save our ass!! 

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What makes a Perfect Email Marketing

Perfect Email Marketing

Email marketing allows us to target our audience with content that is relevant to them. Whether you have 50 subscribers or 5000 the key to email marketing is to keep your content on point, interesting but also create an experience for your readers to keep them coming back for more. Read More

How to grow your Email List

HOW TO GROW YOUR EMAI LIST

If you have been keeping mailing lists for a while, you know that it’s not magically going to expand itself. It requires a lot of ground work and then maintenance to ensure that the list is always rising up. Read More

What to send to your email list

What to send to your Email List

What to send to your email list

It’s one thing to make an email list, but another to figure out what to send them each month or week. You have to make it exciting, different, engaging and believe it or not it takes a lot of thinking!! 

Before you start to create your content you want to revisit:

  • Who are you talking to – previous and prospect clients or fellow designers?
  • What is your niche ?
  • What do they want ?
  • How can you help them?

If you are not considering the above, chances are that your subscribers will soon unsubscribe. Keeping your content engaging is the key to a successful and growing email list and here are some ideas for…

What you can send to your email list :

FREEBIES:

Who doesn’t like things for free? And as designers there’s a lot we can do with our talent. Whether it be free templates or fonts, a pattern or a workbook, giving out freebies is a great way to show your appreciation towards your subbies. These don’t always have to be over the top – sometimes simple solutions to everyday problems can save people a lot of trouble.

SHARE YOUR PORTFOLIO

While social media is a great way to showcase what you’re up to, it’s often hit and miss. An email list is a wonderful tool to share your latest work and increase the traffic on your website. Not to mention it allows the subbies to see some of your previous work or blog posts as well.  

BEHIND THE SCENES

Breaking the ice by letting your subbies into your workspace or method of working is a great way to build a relationship with them. It makes things informal and more human than an automated, stereotypical “informative” email. Fellow designers might find inspiration in this and prospects would enjoy your course of action, so it’s a win win!

EXCLUSIVE SHARES

Unless you have signed an NDA, you can often give a sneak peak into a project you are working on. If you blog then an exclusive blog post just for your subscribers can give them something more to read or draw inspiration from. If they are subscribed with you then they already like what you have to say – why not use that to your advantage.

RECENT BLOGS

Off late it is not unusual for designers to be bloggers. It’s no more a nerdy practice and in fact is a great social tool. Sending recent blog articles to your email list is not only a good way to share your content but also to get feedback and learn what your subbies are interested in. That way you can target your content to the right reader. 

TESTIMONIALS

If you’re good at what you do and people appreciate your work, then it’s reason enough to share it bold and proud. It builds your reputation and increases your prospect’s trust in you as a brand.

FAQs.

Finally giving your subbies exactly what they are asking you. If one person has asked you a question about your trade, chances are, there are others who would like to know the same. Why not share your frequently asked questions with the subbies?

Bottom line is that your content is going to humans and like you they don’t want random junk in their mail.. They want something that will add value to their day, their trade and will be pleasant to look at. And there’s no harm in skipping a newsletter if there’s no content to share.. You’d rather post relevant material than send out something just for the heck of it. 

If you liked reading this article, chances are you might like Why you need an Email List.

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Why do you need an Email List

Why do you need an Email List

We have to admit, we never gathered up an Email list until about a year ago. Like many others we were on the social media pretty much everyday creating a hype, making it look big and then tapping our fingers on the table while we waited for the likes!! 

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How to make your client stay

How to make your clients stay

Now that you have swiftly sifted through the crowd and found yourself a Dream Client it’s time to pamper them and ensure you make your client stay. Getting the right client is half the job done but to make sure they never turn their back on you is another. 

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The seven sinful clients you want to avoid

We are not saying that all clients are like that but some are and all we want to do, is to put a red flag out there for you!

When you start to get your first few clients, there’s no guarantee that all the clients will be a pleasure to work with. Read More

How to scan a good client?

How to scan a good Client

It’s an obvious choice to accept any work that comes your way when you first start. We’ve been there and the more years that passed the more we realised how futile it was – Not the designing, but designing for the wrong client.

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How to score your Dream Client

How to score your dream client

Once you have set up your business, tools and got your social media feed lined up – it is now time to find your clients. The better the preparation the more confident you will be, getting out there and selling your services to a prospect.Read More

What not to do as a Designer

What not to do as a designer

As young designers we’ve made our fair share of mistakes. Things that have made us stronger, smarter and more confident in dealing with situations and clients. Guess this is what experience is. Read More

Why you need a Design Contract?

Why you need a Design Contract?

As a designer we get so excited to jump in, start creating and produce artwork that we often forget the most important steps to secure our artworks.Read More

Online Tools for Graphic Designers

Online Tools for Graphic DesignersLike any other business, there’s a lot of work that goes into being a graphic designer. Simple things such as file management, client records, payments, stock photography and most of all designing can be a lot more organised with the right tools.Read More

Promoting your business through your website

Promoting your Business through your Website

So you have a website. Now What?

Having a website is half your work done, but using it to promote your business is an ongoing process. Read More

What are the types of Websites

What are the types of websites
So, what are the types of websites. We all know that HTML and Flash websites are a thing of the past. There are new trends in website design and this article categorises them to help you understand what type of website suits you or your business.

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Design trends of 2016

Design Trends of 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year. New Start. New Trends. It all feels so fresh and exciting, come January!Read More

Decoding the colour wheel

Decoding the colour wheel

In our previous article we spoke about how it’s important to choose the right colour for your logo / brand identity.

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