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    Creating Jersey Designs Using SVG Cut Files

    [AD] This post is for a paid partnership. It’s important for all of us to take some time out from the day to day madness of a hectic lifestyle in order to relax and recuperate. In the past, I would usually do this by creating digital apparel designs, as it’s a craft which allowed me to unleash my creativity and create visually attractive designs. When I went freelance with my graphic design business, I realised that there was a gap in the e-market for this product, so I started to create and sell personalised jersey designs. Over the years, as a graphic designer, I’ve come across various file formats when creating digital illustrations for…

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    Why Email Marketing Is Important For Your Business

    [AD] This post is for a paid partnership. Technology has changed with time and made it both easier and efficient to keep connected with individuals around the world. In recent years, the use of email has taken off as a means to stay in touch with one another at home and in the workplace. Email marketing is also one of the most important techniques for businesses to stay connected with their customers. Since emails can be accessed from nearly anywhere (your personal laptop, the desktop at work or even your phone!) this makes it one of the best methods to keep customers up to date with the latest business news and promotional offers which…

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    5 Ways to Ensure Your Business Printers Are Secure

    [AD] This post is for a paid partnership. In any business environment, a printer is important for hard copies of documents. As a freelance graphic designer, I require this piece of hardware to print draft designs, reproduce copies of contracts as well as invoices and billing statements for tax purposes due to being self-employed. Unfortunately, criminal hackers are becoming more and more advanced with their methods to illegally access private information. Since printers contain a hard drive so that they can queue print jobs, they can be hacked fairly easily when the appropriate measures haven’t been taken to print securely. Most recently, there was a case of a hacker who…

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    How To Grow Your Blog As A Business

    [AD] This post is for a paid partnership. Most people would love to earn a living from their hobby and develop it into a full-time career or business, whilst enjoying what they do. I mean, the labour market in the UK is looking very bleak at the moment and with Brexit looming, the economy seems to be declining, leading to very little job prospects. For fellow content creators, blogging may be something that they are aspiring to go full time with. However, it will take time to get to this stage (I’ve been blogging for over four years now!) and be prepared to work hard. Here are a few points to consider before…

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    What You Need To Do Before Going Freelance

    [AD] This post is for a paid partnership. So, you’ve decided to offer a freelance service, chosen a business name and settled on a business structure. What next? When I decided to go freelance, I didn’t realise the sheer amount of time and effort that was required to make my business a success. Many may think that working on a freelance basis is simple and straightforward. I mean you can work whenever you want and you’re doing a job you love, right? Wrong! This is the type of mind frame many individuals fall into a trap with. Therefore, it’s essential to consider some points before embarking on a freelance position.…

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    How To Get A Career In Graphic Design

    [AD] This post is for a paid partnership. I’ve been working as a freelance graphic designer for quite a while now. Four years to be exact! It’s not been easy. In fact I’ve thought of giving up on it on multiple occasions. Not on the job itself but working freelance. However, my passion for creativity and the arts keep bringing me back. It’s a great career for someone who has a vivid imagination and is open to exploring different ideas during the design process. Plus there’s always the option of working full-time at an organisation with a group of designers. Graphic designers specialise in drawing, designing and developing ideas. This…

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    Materials I Use For Hand Drawn Graphic Designs

    [AD – Gifted] This post contains gifted item(s). As a freelance graphic designer, I tend to do most of my work on the computer using specialist software. However, on some occasions, I prefer to plan and draw using paper and art materials. My go-to places to purchase art supplies are usually The Range, Hobbycraft and Paperchase. These stores tend to have a great range of products which last a while and are of superior quality. Recently, I shifted a few of my old items and rearranged my home office. So I was left with a lack of supplies for my hand drawn graphic designs. However, I was in for a surprise when…

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    Why I Enjoy Consulting In Graphic Design

    [AD] This post is for a paid partnership. Graphic design is a very complex but interesting subject if one enjoys experimenting with colour, shape and position. The role of the graphic designer typically revolves around meeting the client to discuss their needs and the type of product they would like. Some senior graphic designers may work for large organisations and collaborate with other creatives on projects. Nowadays, graphic design can either be done by hand or on the computer. Graphic design done by computer is very common as it is an efficient way of creating and developing designs. However, graphic design done by hand can be useful to develop multiple…

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    5 Ways To Gain The Satisfaction Of Your Customers

    [AD] This post is for a paid partnership. As a freelance graphic designer, my business thrives on high customer satisfaction. Therefore, it’s essential that I do everything I can to make them keep coming back to me to buy my products and services. Here are a few ways I do this: Treat them right Give customers good treatment by being friendly and providing an excellent service to them as well as thanking them for their purchases. Dealing with complaints in a professional manner and having a problem solved efficiently also helps! A good thing to do is try to always put yourself in the shoes of your customer. I always…

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    Things To Consider As A First Time Buyer

    [AD] This post is for a paid partnership. Buying a house can be a tricky situation especially if it’s your first time. So, it’s essential to keep a few things in mind when looking for a property on the market. You should also utilise all the resources you have. I’m currently looking to invest in a property as real estate really interests me. But with being self-employed, it does get a little difficult. Here are a few things to consider: Know your budget. There are a lot of fancy properties on the market with different price tags. So, going over your budget can be a problem especially if it’s your…