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September 21, 2014

DEAL - Finally, a (font) family’s love for less than $10

A good (font) family is made up of all sorts of weights, shapes, and mildly amusing icons.

For just a few hours more, you can pick up the complete Eveleth Letterpress Font Family. As vintage as your dad’s underwear and as distressed as a single mother, this metaphor for fonts got a little disturbing, so we’re going to jump ship on it.

Sixteen fonts that include numerous icons, emblems, and shapes, and all sorts of customization options, and it’s all over 80% off. Check it out here.

Hurry, this deal is a limited time offer. 

September 15, 2014

A new client was referred to us. She set an appointment to have her website evaluated and to set up a marketing strategy.

She came in and I began the full website evaluation. With every tip or suggestion I made, she would literally sink further down her chair and sigh with total frustration.

Me: Your website actually looks great, but I do see that there are some elements that could be changed to help Google rank you better.

Client: Ugh… why didn’t the last four web design companies that I hired do all of this?

Me: They’ve coded you a very nice custom site, but they may not have known what your goal was. What would you like your website to actually do for you?

Client: I want more traffic, more conversions, more subscribers to my podcasts, more sells, and more interaction on the blog comments. And I need it happening NOW! I’ve been at this for 8 years.

Me: That is a long time, but we’ve only just met, so you’ll have to have some realistic time frames in mind if we start to help you.

Client: Well when I call you and start to scream and cry-yelling at you, I give you permission to tell me that you have to go before you hang up on me.

Me: Thanks for the warning. I don’t think we’re a good fit for you.

September 14, 2014

DEAL - Take action with your life. In fact, take four actions.

Good news! You know those clients who think you can create artwork with the push of a button? Someone decided to follow-through on that idea.

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For only a few more hours, you can pick up four Photoshop actions designed to turn photos into beautiful works of art. Check out the deal here!

This deal (12USD, 50% off!) will only be live for a limited time at MightyDeals, so if you’re interested, act ASAP. 

September 07, 2014

[DEAL] Finally, we’re a complete (font) family

For designers looking for a strong, simple font (sans complications) to take home to the family, this deal is for you. 

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With softened geometric features, seven different weights, and a “can do” attitude for most jobs, this font makes the perfect date. Two different styles mean that no matter which way you swing, there’s something in the Uni Sans Font Family for you. 

For $19 (an 89% discount!) you get 14 fonts for commercial (or personal ;) ) use. Check it out!

August 28, 2014

[DEAL] Freelancers, put on your pants, it’s time to do business.

Most freelancers want to deal with business side of their business as much as Oprah wants to deal with other letters of the alphabet.

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But good news! Instead of spending time worrying about the legalese in your contract, you can spend it doing the work you enjoy.

For $29 - less than the regular hourly freelance rate in the US - the Freelance Starter Kit over at Mighty Deals includes all sorts of resources a freelancer needs, including contract templates, well-reviewed e-books, and complete branding identity sets.

Check out the deal here.

[Oprah in no way endorses this deal or wants us to use this photo of her]

August 27, 2014

FREE WORKSHOP FOLLOW-UP

Wow, what a response we had for our workshop!

If you haven’t been following Clients From Hell for the past few days - or if we’ve burned up our goodwill and our messages are in your spam now - we hosted a free workshop with Tom Ewer on how to get started as a freelancer.

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Missed it? No worries -  you can check out a recording of the workshop. It’s free!

Get the recording here.

We’ve had a lot of people ask after the MightyDeals promotion for the Freelance Starting Kit we mentioned during the talk. You can pick that up here (currently 40% off) .

August 26, 2014

Our free workshop is going live in six hours!

Six hours until our free workshop on how to get started as a freelancer!

Want to start your own business? We can help get you find your feet.

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Clients From Hell readers get to enjoy a free workshop with Tom Ewer, manager Leaving Work Behind and Paid to Blog. We’ll be discussing whether or not freelancing is right for you, what your service/craft/product should be, and how you can find your first few clients (and how to avoid the bad ones!).

The free workshop will go live on August 26th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 6pm GMT.

Click here to register for free.

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August 21, 2014

[WORKSHOP] Get started freelancing

How to Get Started Freelancing - Workshop for CFH Readers

Ever want to work for yourself?

Tom Ewer, creator of Leaving Work Behind and Paid to Blog, will be speaking with our editor-in-chief about how he quit a safe and lucrative job to start a business where he earns a full-time income while working part-time hours.

You can read one of Tom’s articles on setting rates here, or you can read about how he gets freelance gigs here.

During the workshop, we will discuss whether or not freelancing is right for you, what your service/craft/product should be, and how you can find your first few clients (and how to avoid the bad ones!).

The free workshop will go live on August 26th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 6pm GMT.

Click here to register for free.

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August 10, 2014

[DEAL] For less than $50, get high (resolution design elements)

Designers who want to be as smooth as the vectors they produce need to check out the Creative Edge Design Bundle for sale over at Mighty Deals. The whole pack is 95% off and the elements are free to use for personal or commercial purposes.

Pick up the whole pack for $49 for the next 48 hours! It includes over $1000 worth of design elements that will help you convince your clients that clip art isn’t the only option.

Check out the deal here

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June 12, 2014

Free Workshop Follow-up

Wow, what a response we had for our workshop!

If you haven’t been following Clients From Hell for the past few days - or if we’ve burned up our goodwill and our messages are in your spam now - we hosted a free workshop with Brennan Dunn on how to set better rates, get better clients, and be a better freelancer.

Missed it? No worries - register now and you can check out a recording of the workshop. It’s free!

Register here

Who is Brennan Dunn and why should I care about the workshop?

Brennan has a story that is likely similar to your yours. He was a technical expert, not a businessman. He had a full-time job, but he wanted to work for himself, on his own terms. He researched rates, set himself up at a reasonable-sounding $50 an hour, and, much to his disappointment, he found he had traded one boss for several.

Now, after a lot of mistakes, research, and work, Brennan boasts a successful business and he was kind enough to share those hard-earned lessons with our readership.

If you’re interested, make sure to register to get a recording of the workshop.