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Category Archives: Attract the Right Design Clients

Brand your design business to truly connect with clients

Brand your design business to truly connect with clients

It took me a couple years to realize, that as a designer, my business brand is not solely about me. It’s about the piece of me that is relevant to them – my clients. When I look at my current brand, it’s undoubtedly my style, but it’s not all about me. My brand instead focuses… Read More »

The answer to better pay and better clients (it’s not better design skills)

The answer to better pay and better clients (it’s not better design skills)

Here’s what I know after more than 27 years into this design career… it’s not something they teach you in school and not something you find easily on your own. The key to… Better results Better pay and Better clients Is… not improving your design skills. Don’t get me wrong, design skills are important… but… Read More »

Streamline your inquiry process and say yes to portfolio-worthy projects that grow your business

Streamline your inquiry process and say yes to portfolio-worthy projects that grow your business

You see it in the movies all the time – only the cool people get into the fancy club. Imagine for a moment that your clients are the people in that line, and they want to join your design club. Who do you let behind the “red rope”? More importantly, where in the process should… Read More »

How to find the right clients – keys to upleveling your design business

How to find the right clients – keys to upleveling your design business

Time for some straight talk about up-leveling your business. I’m tired of marketing gurus and business coaches who tell creative entrepreneurs to just raise their pricing dramatically and everything will change for their business. It’s as if doubling the sticker price is the magical formula for success. Some people fall for that advice… while others… Read More »

Making a powerful first impression – crafting an effective homepage message

Making a powerful first impression – crafting an effective homepage message

First impressions are powerful… I still remember the first time I saw the man who would be my husband. He approached me with a big bouquet of flowers and a shy smile. Something inside me knew in that moment that I was in the right place. Was it love at first sight? Not really. I… Read More »

Gain client trust by choosing imagery that aligns with your message

Gain client trust by choosing imagery that aligns with your message

When should I choose my photos? Should I create my design, then choose images? or should I have a photo shoot first? Chicken, egg? Right? Which comes first? Are stock images okay to use? In this post, I answer some frequently asked questions about sourcing images for your website. TIP: Apply these same tactics to… Read More »

How to create profitable offers that attract the clients you want to work with (video)

How to create profitable offers that attract the clients you want to work with (video)

I’ve offered everything under the sun over the last 5 years as Christine Marie Studio – from a website in 10 days to discount packages for new businesses to 5-figure custom work. Figuring out what to charge and how to package my offers has not been easy. Some flourished, some flopped. My advice… Experiment. Experiment. Experiment. It’s the quickest… Read More »

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