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  1. Great tips for self-evaluation and self-development! Most of the tips are relevant for any kind of creative work. To paraphrase Brian Clark, I would add to #30: keep designing every day! This is the secret to build experience. Some of my best design ideas, not limited to web design, come from the frustration of dealing with bad designs.

  2. Here Is My Best Tip For You

    Please decrease font size to about 67% of what it currently is. No one should have to scroll to read every 4-5 lines. It’s obnoxiously large.

  3. WOW!!

    really great tips Rafal :-) Thank you so much!!
    I’m a 19 years old freelancer from Germany and I was working very aimless the last time!
    Your tips help me & my work very much :-)

    Best
    Thorben

  4. I agree, designers should charge based on value of the project not time. Clients also don’t like this. Keeping a third party to store portfolio is also great because sometimes you don’t want all projects to show up on your portfolio so you can upload it on a 3rd party service like Behance.

    I must say all these tips are very unique and practical also. Thanks a lot Rafal for sharing.

    • I don’t think you can find high paying clients on services like elance or 99designs that can help you build a reputation as a good designer.

      • I don’t know much about elance. But there are lots of clients who pay high amount of $$$ for projects in 99designs.

        I like your tips a lot though 😉

        Cheers!

        • If you win the project… Clients pay money not for just your concept, but 100 other concepts too. So, if you post your work there and compete with other designers, you automatically lower your own value. It’s not a good positioning as a designer. Unless you can afford to win 1 out of 10 posted projects (that would be a good rate though). Even if some clients like your work and then return to hire just you, they’ll expect you to do some cheap work.

          Trust me. I was there and I tried all of these services. I worked on elance and I worked on 99designs. I was young and I thought that’s the way to get out there, but I got nothing from these services except for cheap clients who wanted me to make 10 concepts to choose from and pay 1/10 of what I wanted to charge.

          You can slowly build your own client base from your own website. It takes time and a lot of effort, but you’ll get long term results. Check out my other post: http://rafaltomal.com/what-really-sells-your-freelance-design-service/

          • While I agree that that 90% of clients on freelance sites are just looking for the cheapest offer, I managed to find a few really good ones (I work on Elance).

            But you have missed one important thing. It is not the same if you do work on Elance(or similar) and live in France or USA, or you live in Croatia, Poland, Hungary, etc.

            You can actually have a nice living when you convert the US dollars to local currency if you live in less wealthy countries.

            But most definitely, every designer/developer working there should be looking to find better clients through different channels, because the ones that appreciate good work and are willing to pay accordingly are few and far between.

  5. This is a great article for designers! I really liked your advice to never stop learning about design theory. Things change very quickly in our modern day, and keeping up with your line of work is very important.

  6. Out of the thirty things you listed, I found numbers 16 and 11 were the most important. With number 16, you would always want to seek advice and criticism from other designers. They would be able to help you improve your work while making a better name for yourself. With number 11, this could be said for any kind of work. This just makes sure you are protected in the event the client cancels halfway through or refuses to pay.

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