When you’re just getting started as a freelancer, it can be hard to justify adding any new expense to your fledgling business. In the early months of going out on your own, it can take some time to become profitable (and get paid!) and at the beginning, your focus is primarily on making rent and praying that you’ll be able to eat more than oatmeal and ramen noodles for every meal.

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Creating the written content for your online portfolio can seem like an overwhelming prospect when considering the entire process as a whole. Each page requires multiple necessary elements for telling the story of your business and work, while also encouraging visitors to get in touch with you to discuss business opportunities. If writing really isn’t your thing, the idea of sitting down and getting everything done can be something that ends up getting pushed back indefinitely.

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The term “digital nomad” gets thrown around a lot as the ideal for making money doing what you love, in a way that makes you location independent. Severing your connection to physical locations and time zones enables you to make world travel more than just a once-in-awhile vacation plan. As a digital nomad, you can bring your work just about anywhere you please, jumping from country to country as often as you’d like.

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There are many different aspects to being a successful freelance designer. You have to manage everything from bookkeeping and marketing, to presenting and invoicing. There’s a great deal of variety to a freelancing career, but also a number of different areas to handle all at once. It’s often a good idea to compile some essential resources to speed up different aspects of the design process. Chosen carefully, resources can make a big impact on your productivity and success in each stage of a project.

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December 25th is just around the corner, so we’ve created a list of icons, patterns and illustrations to inspire and enhance your holiday design project. From hipster santa and watercolor wreath illustrations to shiny, shimmering snowflake patterns and classic Christmas icon collections, we have all of the festive elements you need to create the perfect greeting card, flyer, stationery, wrapping paper, website backdrops and backgrounds and more for Christmas.

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There are many different occasions for which to give gifts during the year, regardless of what exactly you celebrate. On top of gift-giving holidays like Christmas or Hannukah, there are plenty of additional gift-giving occasions to be thinking about: birthdays, graduations, and other rites of passage.

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Professional presentation matters, especially on the Ebook scene. Whatever your topic, these templates bring clean design and structure to your text. When using a template, it’s as simple as plugging your text into whatever page layout you choose. Have a specific color scheme in mind, or photos and graphics to add? You’ll love the easy customization of these Adobe InDesign templates.

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