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Resourceful Designer - A Graphic Design Podcast

Resourceful Designer offers a graphic design podcast aimed at helping home based graphic designers and web designers streamline their business.

Each week, I shares advice, tips and resources to help you with all aspects of running a successful graphic design business.

But who am I?

I'm Mark Des Cotes, a graphic designer and web designer. I've been designing for over 25 years and I've been running my own successful graphic design business for more than 10 years. I thought it would be fun to host a graphic design podcast and share some of the knowledge I've gained over the years. If you want to know more about me please visit the About page.

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Starting A Design Business From Scratch – RD149

Starting A Design Business From Scratch – RD149

Since launching Resourceful Designer in 2015, one of the biggest struggles I’ve seen from my audience is starting a design business and finding clients. I realise that I've never actually said what I would do if I had to start a design business from scratch. Until now. 

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Progress Over Perfection – RD148

Progress Over Perfection – RD148

If you attained perfection, there would be no more motivation to carry on because everything after that point would be a step-down. That’s why I choose the title Progress Over Perfection. Because perfection is unattainable, your goal should be to make progress instead by continually improving your design skills. You do that by practising. There will never be a time in your life when you don’t need to improve your design skills.

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Taking Measure Of Your Design Business – RD147

Taking Measure Of Your Design Business – RD147

No specific time of year is best for reviewing your design business, but January seems like the most popular time for taking measure of things in your life. Spend a bit of time taking measure of where things stand with your design business and make whatever course corrections you need to make.

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Three-Tier Pricing Strategy – RD145

Three-Tier Pricing Strategy – RD145

I learned of the three-tier pricing strategy many years ago, but I never gave it much thought in regards to the design industry. Until recently that is. A few months ago I came across it again while reading a business book. A day or two later I was watching a YouTube video, and a designer mentioned using a three-tier pricing strategy in his design proposals. 

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6 Mistakes Freelancers Make – RD144

6 Mistakes Freelancers Make – RD144

To the uninitiated, running a design business sounds easy. You find clients, you create designs for them, they pay you, repeat. Freelancers, however, know there is so much more to it than simply designing. And yet, even armed with that knowledge there are still several mistakes freelancers make when it comes to running their business.

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10 Money Saving Tips For Freelancers – RD143

10 Money Saving Tips For Freelancers – RD143

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Holiday Gift Ideas For Designers – RD142

Holiday Gift Ideas For Designers – RD142

It’s November, and that means the holidays are just around the corner and everyone is looking for gift ideas for friends and family. I don’t know about you, but every year I dread the question “what do you want for Christmas?” I don't know what to say when someone asks me that question.

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Hi! I'm Mark Des Cotes

I'm a designer just like you. Let's see how we can do more designing and less of the other business stuff that takes up our precious time.
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