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Graphic Design Proposals -- The Way to Win 'Em

The first thing you need to know about writing a graphic design proposal is that it's not that different from any other type of proposal. You want to show your client that you understand what they are looking for, that you understand the problem they are trying to solve, and that you can give them what they need.

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Choosing the Right Accounting Software When You're Self-Employed

Accounting. Ugh. The bane of every creative freelancer's existence. If you're self-employed and you love to write or design or develop, you still have to manage your money and pay taxes. Of course you can do this by hand, or pay someone to do it for you, but there are several online options of companies that will help you track and manage expenses.

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Charge By The Hour, Charge By The Day: Tips for Scoping and Pricing Your Proposal

You get an email. An old client is looking for someone to start working on a new project. It looks like a perfect fit for you. What's next?  Scoping and pricing your proposal. Scoping is the first step. By understanding exactly what you are willing and able to deliver to your client, you help the client understand what you're offering, you can ensure that the project is one you want, and...

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The Ultimate Presentation: Closing the Deal

You've done the research. You've written thousands of words. You've submitted a proposal. The client has expressed interest in your proposal. You've gone back and forth, negotiating the details. Now, they want you to come in and give a presentation. What does this mean? Don't panic. It means you have the perfect opportunity to close the deal.

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One Tweak At A Time: Figuring Out Your Business Proposal's Tone and Style

Writing a proposal is a little like writing a resume, except with a lot ( lot ) more information. You want the details, style, and tone of your resume to align with the personality of the company that you are applying to, and the same is true for a proposal. If the company hates the proposal, they will probably hate working with you. This, however, is not necessarily a bad thing.

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How To Prequalify Leads Before You Begin Writing a Proposal

The truth is, you don't need all the work. And all the work doesn't need you. Some projects are just not worth the time and energy necessary to do them well (or even submit a proposal to them), and some will cause you far more anxiety and nightmares than the financial stress of refusing the job in the first place.

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