• 4 Years of Gridcore Graphics with bakerdays

    4 Years of Gridcore Graphics with bakerdays

    [AD – Gifted] This post contains gifted item(s). Wow, I don’t know where to begin! I can’t believe that Gridcore Graphics has been running for so long now and that I have a devoted audience too! This is also my first ever collaboration with a brand; very fitting to celebrate my business and blog’s 4th birthday, right?! So, thank you to bakerdays for sending me this delicious gluten/wheat-free sponge cake! The jam and buttercream filling totally hit the spot and I was impressed with the brilliant icing design on the cake. Best of all? The cake fit right through my letterbox! I’d like to thank every single one of my readers/followers/fans…

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    5 Ways To Save Money

    Every one of us is probably trying out new ways to make and save money. As a freelancer, it’s become one of my top priorities to penny pinch and be all around savvy. Here are some of my favourite ways to do so: Use discount codes, vouchers, coupons etc – Seriously, these are amazing and have saved me plenty of £££ in the past. Whether you’re shopping online or in-store, always be sure to check out websites for free codes, vouchers or coupons. A simple google search will bring you plenty! Some websites also have deals such as 10% off your first shop. Certain stores also have freebies when you sign…

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    Misconceptions About Graphic Design

    You know when someone judges something without knowing anything about it? Yeah, it sucks. The majority of the time they are wrong! Here are five misconceptions people have about a career in graphic design: Anyone can become a graphic designer – Nope, this is just like saying only Photoshop can be used to design. But really it all comes down to the skills and talent of the user. There’s no point of having Photoshop on your PC if you don’t know how to use it. Besides, a graphic designer needs to be up-to-date with the latest trends so they can create impressive designs. You need a degree – It may…

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    5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming A Graphic Designer

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job as a graphic designer. But there are days when I’d just like to step away from it all and here’s why: 1. It’s all about the clients  You’re obviously designing for your client, so their needs come first. What you may think looks great, might not seem the same for your client. This can sometimes become a little tedious with the continuous back and forth on draft designs. One way to overcome this obstacle is to think like a problem-solver rather than an artist. 2. You’ll be staying up all night I’ve done this more times than I can remember. Especially…

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    The Best Sites To Find Freelance Work

    As a freelancer, work can sometimes dry up and it’s hard to determine the amount of my earnings. This can make budgeting and planning for the future difficult. However, I’ve recently discovered that there are job sites specifically for freelancers. Here are the best sites to find freelance work: People Per Hour – A marketplace to apply for available jobs or create your own job listings. It can be a bit difficult to get around for new users. There are also commission fees for each job completed. Upwork – A platform where other users offer jobs in return for payment. There’s a great community with fast customer support on this site.…

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    Why I Prefer Online Shopping

    It’s that time of year again when queues stretch outside the store doors and people hurriedly snap up last minute gifts. Adults are arguing over parking spaces and are in a frenzy over the food, whilst the kids are throwing a strop. I’ve become more than accustomed to this yearly occurrence and much rather stay at home, which is why I prefer online shopping. In recent years, I’m so glad that e-commerce has started to take off because I absolutely loathe wandering around stores (more like an obstacle course…) filling my trolley whilst manoeuvring to avoid narrowly hitting a spoilt toddler kicking down a storm in the bakery section or…

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    5 Ways To Motivate Yourself

    Working as a freelance graphic designer can sometimes be draining and suck the creativity out of me. I find that to-do lists stop working and I procrastinate on goals. But, here’s 5 ways I’ve found to motivate myself and start seizing the day again: Be positive – negativity can drain your motivation and energy. Thinking about the good which will come out of the opportunity always recharges my motivation. It also energises me to continue with my work. Start small – breaking down larger tasks into smaller, manageable ones always boosts my motivation. This helps me to keep moving forward and celebrate my small achievements which further increases my positivity.…

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    5 Ways To Relax After Hard Days Of Work

    Most of you may think working on a freelance basis from my home office may be a dream, but even for me there are days when deadlines are looming and I feel like I haven’t made much progress on anything. I tend to put in extra hours and work til late, but after this I enjoy relaxing. Here’s how: Have a hot shower – there’s nothing like washing away all the stress of the day under a hot shower. Shower gels enriched with specific essential oils for relaxation are great too; I recommend lavender oil! Get into some comfy clothes – even though the temptation of staying in my PJs…

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    A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Graphic Designer

    Freelancing maybe a dream for many. I mean, who can say no to the flexibility, a relaxed uniform and being able to call the shots?! Not only is there unlimited earning potential, but alot of costs are also cut down whether that be from commuting or forking out at lunchtime and social evenings with colleagues. However, there are downsides: isolation, no guaranteed paycheck and hustling 24/7. Here’s a day in my life… 9am: The alarm bleeps loudly and wakes me up. I check my mobile phone for messages or calls from potential clients. My entire day depends on how many projects I’ll be taking on, so I have to keep on…