Tips & Templates

Remote UX Jobs and What You Need to Know to Win UX Jobs & Contracts

Because remote UX jobs are a relatively new thing, the process of finding and winning these opportunities can be a challenge. Each company that’s hiring...

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Part-Time Remote Graphic Design Jobs and Everything You Need to Build a Business on the Side

Starting a freelance design business is tough. Part time remote jobs can make it 10× easier. You need clients – and finding enough leads to...

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The Top 5 Sites to Find Website RFPs in 2019

Last year we found over 100 high-quality website RFPs for subscribers our job search service. What is a Website RFP? The type of Request for...

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Website Proposal Template for Winning RFP Response

The website proposal template on this page can help you add large amounts of revenue in just a few hours a week. We created it...

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How to apply to a project on Folyo

To apply to a project on Folyo, click on the blue link below the company name. If this is an email link, this will open...

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How to get the most out of your membership

The point of Folyo is to increase the amount of opportunities and like-minded people in your network that can help you. To steal a concept...

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Realigning the Folyo Blog

The web moves fast. Trends like flat design and responsive design didn’t even exist a couple years ago. Yet some things can stay surprisingly relevant,...

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Folyo’s new home

Building a great business means building a great team. The first time I visited San Francisco I was inspired by the amount of people looking...

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Interview: Building Products with Adam Wathan

In this episode, Adam Wathan and I talk about how he creates products from everyday problems, and how he markets them by working in public.

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How to Cold Email for Job (Email Template That Actually Works)

Knowing how to write cold emails for jobs or contracts you want is one of the most important life skills there is. If you can...

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Interview: Choosing Clients with Philip Morgan

In this episode I talk to Philip Morgan about how to decide which clients to go after.

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Interview: Virtual Coworking with Margo Aaron

In this episode Margo Aaron and I talk about why all those Slack communities are ghost towns and how to make virtual coworking amazing.

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How to win more clients by presenting your experience the right way

I got a question from an experienced UI designer recently: Should I ever talk about my “15+ years of experience”? It’s a great question. The...

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The $5 Logo

An in-depth review of the fiverr platform that seeks to answer: what kind of logo can you get for $5?

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The Ultimate Follow Up Email for After You’ve Sent an Application or Proposal

Your follow up email after a job/contract application is one of the biggest determinants of whether you land the gig. Sorry to be the bearer...

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How to get a steady stream of clients coming to you

Getting fired hit me like a ton of bricks. I still remember the copy machine going off in the background moments after my boss told...

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The Startup’s Guide to Budget Design

Did you know that Stack Overflow used 99Designs to crowdsource their logo for only $512? And at the other end of the spectrum, rebranding a major company or institution...

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How to use JTBD on your website as a freelancer

You don’t hear about how JTBD applies to freelancing very often, so I asked JTBD-expert Alan Klement to join me on a live call to explore the...

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The Email Checklist for Designers

Why this works… Because Folyo depends on our customers winning projects to make money, and we never take referral fees – our only incentive is...

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Rebranding in 2018

Nathan Barry, CEO of ConvertKit, talks about what’s changed in his approach to branding, marketing, and content creation in 2018.

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How I deleted my portfolio and made $30k in 6 weeks

Have you noticed some people kill it without a portfolio? I regularly meet design firms doing millions of dollars in client work with a website...

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How to get web design clients – my 5 favorite places to find ready-to-buy design clients

In the last lesson, we talked about how to take control of getting new clients by doing outbound. Doing this takes a change in strategy....

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Jobs for Creative People: My Endless Client Generator RSS plugin with all the best Job Boards

So far in this series we’ve talked about changing your lead-gen strategy, shifting your mindset, and using AngelList to get startup clients. Next, I’m going...

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Reviewing Basecamp: The Design of Your Company

Jonas Downey, principal designer at Basecamp, talks about how to design a work structure in cycles.

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Guide to Productized Consulting

Ben Manley, founder at Knapsack Creative, talks about the nuts and bolts of running a web design agency like a product.

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How to write your Web Designer job description to attract the right people

You’re getting ready to start a new project. Let’s make sure you put yourself in the best possible position to pick the right fit for...

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7 Best UX Portfolios For Hire Right Now – Agency Work

Agency UX designers need to be great at things outside of the design, like talking to clients and getting their feedback. This makes hiring a...

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UX Designer Job Description

A simple UX Designer Job Description sample template that’s easy to understand and customize – and outlines of specific responsibilities, requirements, and instructions for how...

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Writing a cold email for a job (what NOT to do)

By sheer circumstance, I’ve been in the unusual position of seeing thousands of cold emails sent by freelancers looking for work in the last 3...

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The Email Line That’s Client Repellent

My UX design firm had gone through dry spells before but this one was particularly bad. Each day, the stress mounted. The importance of every...

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How to use a job board

Since 2013, I’ve helped hundreds of designers find clients. This has lead to also occasionally helping companies choose which designers to hire. If you’ve ever...

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Epic Graphic Design Pricing List: “How Much Does a Website Cost?” And Other Pricing Questions

If there’s one thing nobody seems to want to talk about, it’s pricing. Most designers don’t publish their rates, and good luck getting a company...

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The Monthly Retainer Agreement Email Sample Template

Monthly retainer agreements are the gold standard of freelance client work. Why? Because they take care of one of the biggest pain in the butts...

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13 Jason Fried Quotes on Getting Clients for Freelancers

Take a look at how Jason made millions of dollars in client work before ever building Basecamp.

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Dribbble Jobs: How Hiring on Dribbble Works

A few days ago I tried an experiment: I purchased two expensive Dribbble products for finding a designer, and compared them. The first one was...

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19 David Ogilvy Quotes on Finding and Selling Clients

The approach to sales that David Ogilvy outlined in his books.

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How to start your emails to clients so they want to hire you

When humans open an email there’s only one question we ask ourselves. If you’re sending an email you can get around this mindless human flaw...

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How to get dream clients from your portfolio website

If you work with clients, the single most powerful way to increase your revenue is to stop freelancing and start consulting. And there’s no better...

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The 20+ Best Email, Proposal and Website Templates for Designers

These templates for designers are the absolute best resources I’ve found to helping hundreds of design firms get clients. Most designers don’t know that 90%...

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A Short Field Guide To Finding Designers

As someone with a hybrid designer/developer profile, I end up hanging out with a lot of developers and entrepreneurs. And when the conversation turns to...

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Seth Godin’s 7 unconventional rules for getting clients

When Seth Godin started Seth Godin Productions, a book packaging design consultancy, he operated out of his studio apartment in New York City. Just years later,...

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Walt Disney’s 16 unconventional rules for getting clients

A look at Disney’s approach to selling starting as a freelance cartoonist and beyond.

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How to find high-quality freelance design leads every single day

There was a time when all month I’d worry about where my next project would come from. I felt helpless. The online community didn’t help....

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How to send your portfolio to clients so they pick you

Yep, I used Folyo as a freelancer way before I took over the app in 2014. Needless to say I loved it. It made connecting with clients...

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How to write a positioning statement on your website that makes clients hire you

Virtually every freelancer uses confusing terms to describe their work. Just try explaining one of the terms below to a normal person: Chances are you...

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How to create a portfolio website actually get you clients

Your portfolio exists for one reason. To help you get clients. Yet most freelancer portfolios are actually pushing away clients without realizing. To make sure...

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How to make selling freelance design less stressful and more fun

One of my favorite pieces of advice from the king of client work, David Ogilvy, is: “you should approach [finding clients] with light-hearted gusto”. I like...

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How to kill scope creep, complete projects faster and make clients love you for it

It’s human nature. There’s was a point in the project where progress stopped — a rabbit hole appeared, a feature bloated out of control, communication tired — and suddenly...

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How to create more client referrals and repeat work

I’ve written a lot about how to write emails that win you clients the past couple of years. Even though all my advice has been soaked in...

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Emails to Clients

Real Examples of Emails to Prospective and Future Clients (with the Lines That Worked) Emails to clients and prospects get judged in a split-second. Yet...

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