2015 Year in ReviewAfter two amazing back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014, I wasn't sure if 2015 would be able to top it. But it totally did. I hope that by sharing my accomplishments I can inspire you… Matt Olpinski • 6 min read Getting ClientsPricing & RatesProject Management
Why You Should Charge 100% Upfront (and How to Actually Do It)Have you ever been stiffed by a client? You convinced them to hire you, everyone was eager to get stared, and everything seemed to be going great, but the client either paid you late or… Matt Olpinski • 4 min read Getting ClientsMarketing & Positioning
How to Identify and Attract Your Ideal Freelance ClientWouldn’t it be wonderful to have the perfect clients always reaching out to you for work? It’s not only possible, but completely attainable for any freelancer. The key to attracting the right clients starts… Matt Olpinski • 4 min read News & OpinionProductivity
Gravity Forms + ConvertKit: The Killer Combo That Defeated MailChimpWhen I first started my newsletter, my goal was to cultivate an audience that I could educate and offer paid products to in the future. So, I quickly researched popular email marketing platforms and chose MailChimp, but… Matt Olpinski • 4 min read Productivity
How to Organize Your Gmail Inbox (and Create a Labeling System)When you look at your inbox each day, how do you feel? Do you dread opening Gmail because of all the emails that need your attention now? If you're anything like I was, you'd be… Matt Olpinski • 5 min read LifestyleProductivity
How to Maximize & Manage Your Time as a FreelancerFreelancing awards us the freedom to choose the hours we work, but it is important to have a plan for your days and weeks, even if that plan changes from time to time. Matt Olpinski • 3 min read Productivity
12 Essential Freelance Tools That Will Keep Your Business Running SmoothlyBeing in business for yourself comes with a lot of added responsibility. Gone are the days when you can focus on your work and leave the billing, scheduling, client management, project management, and new business development to… Matt Olpinski • 8 min read Client CommunicationGetting Clients
How to Convert Your Leads Into High-Paying ClientsAs freelancers, we put a lot of time and effort into getting new leads, but we often forget how to close the deal once they arrive. A new lead isn’t much to brag about… Matt Olpinski • 4 min read Getting ClientsProposals & Contracts
How to Write a Winning ProposalDid you know that writing a winning proposal starts long before the proposal is written? When you get a new lead, it’s up to you to ask qualifying questions that determine if the client… Matt Olpinski • 5 min read News & Opinion
6 Things I Wish I Learned From New Media Design at R.I.T.Design students often graduate without some of the most vitally important "real world" skills necessary to thrive in their creative field. Yet, many of them feel prepared to totally dominate the industry on graduation day. I… Matt Olpinski • 6 min read Getting ClientsMarketing & PositioningPortfolio Websites
Get Hired With The Perfect Online Student PortfolioIf you are pursuing a degree in any digital or creative field, it is no longer optional that you have a personal website to show off your best work to potential employers. Thanks to many… Matt Olpinski • 5 min read Client CommunicationGetting Clients
10 Signs You’re About to Work With a Difficult ClientIt's difficult to know which clients to work with and which ones to avoid. It's not always easy because that can sometimes mean rejecting potential income and a new portfolio piece, but working with the… Matt Olpinski • 7 min read Getting ClientsMarketing & Positioning
The Golden Question No Other Freelancer Is AskingThe freelancing market is more oversaturated now that it has ever been before. If you really want to stand out from the crowd, simply asking this question will tell the client that you know… Matt Olpinski • 2 min read Career TransitionsMarketing & Positioning
How to Successfully Kickstart Your Freelancing CareerWhen I first started freelancing, I didn't quite know what I was doing. Here are 6 simple tips for taking your freelancing career to the next level as you work towards getting more projects and… Matt Olpinski • 5 min read Client CommunicationProject Management
The Most Effective Way to Present Your DesignsEveryone has an opinion about the way things look. Even the most trusting clients will have revisions and change requests waiting for you after you present your work. But why? After all, they hired… Matt Olpinski • 3 min read Marketing & PositioningProject Management
The Purpose of WireframesWireframes are the skeleton or structure behind the user interface. They don't define the "look and feel", but rather the layout, hierarchy, and interactions that make a good user experience. Matt Olpinski • 2 min read
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