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3 things I wish I knew when I started freelance designing

Jumping into the freelance design business is a big deal! I’ve been trying to find cheat codes and shortcuts. But you can’t skip steps as you build your freelancing business.

3 things I wish I knew when I started freelance designing
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Campfire 26: How to uncover your customer’s needs, so you know what to design next?

Great designers use questions to identify opportunities, reveal underlying needs, and understand user context to help teams and stakeholders make better decisions.

Campfire 26: How to uncover your customer’s needs, so you know what to design next?
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The unsaid truth about working from home

I'm sure you've often heard those tips about working from home. And if you failed to apply any of that obvious advice, here are the real underlying challenges.

The unsaid truth about working from home
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Campfire 25: Practical time-management tip for product designers

As product designers, we’re all familiar with white space. The term is directly associated with design, but I was wondering why don’t we apply such design principles to our own lives?

Campfire 25: Practical time-management tip for product designers
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Senior product designer interview questions (and how to answer them)

Finding the right people is extremely difficult. Not only is the market constrained, particularly for tech companies, but the unwritten rules for hiring are frequently incorrect.

Senior product designer interview questions (and how to answer them)
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Campfire 24: How to find your target audience as a freelance designer?

As a freelancer, it's your job to define your target audience rather than allowing it to define yourself. Then, once you've identified your target audience, you go after them, track them down, and persuade them that you're the ideal designer for them to work with.

Campfire 24: How to find your target audience as a freelance designer?
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10 tips for maintaining great relationships with your clients

Working with international clients introduced me to a completely different method of interacting with people when I first began working with them in 2015.

10 tips for maintaining great relationships with your clients
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Campfire 23: How to survive a recession as a freelance designer?

We all know it's coming. Most people treat it as a bad thing. Some people will thrive after it. It's better to be prepared for a recession (as much as you possibly could be) than struggle.

Campfire 23: How to survive a recession as a freelance designer?
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Building your design career ladder

A product designer is indeed a very outstanding job title. The title "product designer" always sounds fantastic, regardless of the product — whether it's a new flagship from Apple or a small CRM for your local cafe. And at least half of us have no idea what product designers actually do.

Building your design career ladder
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Campfire 22: One thing that will help you boost your design career

One thing that led me to some of the most exciting things and experiences of my life. I made many mistakes and failed a lot along the way in my career. But, in the end, everything worked out well.

Campfire 22: One thing that will help you boost your design career