Tips & Templates

Remote UX Jobs: What You Need to Win UX Jobs & Contracts

Remote UX jobs are a new thing. So the process of finding and winning these opportunities can be a challenge. Here Are 2 Questions You’ve...

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The Cold Client Introduction Email Template (That Actually Works)

When I sent the following introduction email template to clients on Folyo a few years ago, it won me, personally, over $30,000 as a newbie...

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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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The Job Application Follow Up Email Template (That Won’t Creep Them Out)

I’ve seen some horrible “follow up email” templates getting shared around recently. Take this example by The Muse, which suggests you send the following: Thanks...

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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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The Top 5 Website Design RFPs Sites for 2019

Last year I found over 100 high-quality Website Design RFPs for subscribers of my job site. Why RFPs? Because most of them had great budgets...

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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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7 UX Designers to Hire Right Now for Your Agency Staff

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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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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How to write your 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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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 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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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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Radical Productization

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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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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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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My Endless Client Generator: An RSS plugin with all the best UX projects

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 NOT get clients over email

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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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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