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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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Clarifying Your Brand Message – RD186

Clarifying Your Brand Message – RD186

When it comes to designers. Most people don’t know what you do on a day to day basis, nor do they care. And the reason most people don't care is that most designers are not clarifying their brand message when it comes to presenting themselves.

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Are You An Investment Or An Expense? – RD185

Are You An Investment Or An Expense? – RD185

As a business owner, what is your number one goal? If you answered anything other than growing your business, you need to rethink your priorities. Any business owner who’s first goal isn’t to grow their business, might as well throw in the towel and find a job working for someone else.

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Deductible Business Expenses To Be Aware Of – RD184

Deductible Business Expenses To Be Aware Of – RD184

Are you aware of all the things you can claim as business expenses when running a home-based design business?
You've heard the saying, “You need to spend money to make money”? People quoting that often neglect to inform you that some of the money you spend running your design business, can be recuperated as business expenses.

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With Age, Comes Wisdom – RD183

With Age, Comes Wisdom – RD183

As I approach my 50th birthday, I can’t help but reminisce and ponder the choices I’ve made in my life, the paths I’ve followed, and of course the journey that’s still ahead of me. And I’ve come to appreciate that with age, comes wisdom. And what use is wisdom if you can’t share it with people?

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Are Updates Leaving You Behind? – RD182

Are Updates Leaving You Behind? – RD182

Think about the last time you updated a piece of software. Whether it was an app on your phone, a website plugin or theme or an application on your computer. When you updated it, did you look at why it was being updated by reading the release or change notes?

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Convincing Clients Why You're Better Than Discount Designers – RD177

Convincing Clients Why You're Better Than Discount Designers – RD177

Let me start by saying that I've never lost a client to discount designers. I've had clients question my higher prices, but in the end, they ended up hiring me. I know that many designers have difficulty justifying their costs to their clients so I thought I would share what I do when a client asks “Why should I hire you when I can get that designed cheaper elsewhere?” 

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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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