Tips & Templates

The Best Website Proposal Template and Other Tools for Designers

Are you sick of wasting time writing proposals that don’t close? Without a system for creating proposals, website design RFPs and other contract design opportunities…

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Where to Find the Best Website RFPs in 2019 (Updated)

“There are many good organizations that have to go through an RFP process to hire anyone. And those are good jobs to go after. People…

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A Breakdown of Basecamp’s Product Design Process for Software

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

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The Best Graphic Design Job Boards for Freelancers (Updated for 2019)

How to automate your checking these graphic design job board In the last lesson we introduced you to Feedbin. I’m a bit of a Feedbin…

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How to Get Web Design Clients Fast – in 7 Steps

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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Freelance Designer or Studio? What’s the Best Way to Sell Yourself?

Here’s a question I get a lot from Folyo members and it’s a good one. I run a small studio. Should I present myself to…

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Creating a Custom Blog Design for my Small Business

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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How to Setup Email Filters for RFP / Job Alerts

Occasionally someone asks me about filtering Folyo projects for them based on a specific niche or keyword. The great thing about Folyo running on email,…

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Examples of Professionalism for New Freelance Designers

Imagine you’re at the restaurant. The food is OK, nothing special but not bad either. But the waiter somehow remembered your name from the last…

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Where to Hire a UI Designer in 2019

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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Client Intake Form Template to Automate Emails without Losing Your Soul

You probably do a lot more sales activity than you think. Most of it is mind-numbingly boring and repetitive, yet, you keep doing it because…

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Best Books for Web Designers (Updated for 2019)

As a freelance web designer, you have a lot on your plate. I’ve been there and these books have helped me build a successful business….

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Best UX Portfolios Examples for Freelance Designers (Updated for 2019)

At Folyo we help companies find UX designers by matching them with the best UX portfolios and designers for their project. Here’s how the process…

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AngelList Review: Does AngelList Work for Freelance Designers?

OK. So in my last lesson I gave you the top 5 places to go to get high-value UX / frontend design clients. These 5…

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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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What is my Dream Job? Disney World… and Here’s How I Made Into a Business

Folyo is all about building a business that lets you do the work you love and that’s why Rob asked me to share my story…

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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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Graphic Design Pricing List: “How Much Does a Website Cost?” and other pricing questions (Updated for 2019)

This week we surveyed our design community about pricing to give you a crystal clear idea of what freelance design costs in 2019. The result…

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How to End an Email: The Email Line That’s Client Repellent

I discovered how to end an email at a time when my business was going through a particularly bad dry spell. I was responding to…

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Awesome UX Designer Job Description Template

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 to apply.

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Recruiting Plan Templates for Awesome Hires, Every Time

Hiring can be a bit of a catch-22: you don’t want the very important (and highly-paid) people at your company wasting time on things like…

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

Part time remote jobs can make starting a freelance business 10× easier. Why? Because when you’re starting out you need one thing: clients – and…

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Awesome Web Designer Job Description Template

Here at Folyo we asked real designers to help us write the web designer job description of their dreams. The goal is for it to…

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Dribbble Jobs Review: How Much it Costs and How it Works In-Depth

We recently purchased two Dribbble Jobs products for finding a designer. This is a review and comparison of the platform based on what we found….

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Remote UX Jobs Now Hiring and What You Need to Win a UX Contract

Remote UX jobs are a relatively new type of design work. That’s why we started Folyo. We wanted to help UX designers find the work…

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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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How to Get Web Design Clients with Your Portfolio

How do I get web design clients with my portfolio or website? If you’ve thought this, you’re not alone. Most of the agencies and freelancers…

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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