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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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Client Onboarding: Part 3 – The Client Meeting – RD162

Client Onboarding: Part 3 – The Client Meeting – RD162

Think of the client meeting like a job interview, which in a way it is. You are interviewing the client, and the client is interviewing you. This meeting is less about the design project and more about discovering if this client is someone with whom you want to have a working relationship. Both parties need to feel comfortable working with each other before anything else can proceed.

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Client Onboarding: Part 1 – The Process – RD160

Client Onboarding: Part 1 – The Process – RD160

Client onboarding is the process of turning potential clients into paying clients. It’s the process of introducing them to your business, addressing their questions and concerns, and ensuring they understand the services you offer and your processes while providing those services.

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Understanding Priorities – RD159

Understanding Priorities – RD159

Understanding priorities become important once the ball is rolling, money is coming in, and your design business is out of the infancy stage. At some point, you need to take a measure of what it is you are doing with your business, compared to what it is you want to be doing with it and ask yourself, “am I saying yes to stuff I probably shouldn't be saying yes to?”

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Time For Tomfoolery – RD158

Time For Tomfoolery – RD158

This week's release falls on April Fools Day. The one day of the year where tomfoolery, shenanigans and levity abound. A day when you put all seriousness aside and let out your inner practical joker. I decided to use this episode to share some of the practical jokes I’ve been part of over the years.

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Protecting Your WordPress Website – RD157

Protecting Your WordPress Website – RD157

I want to share something that happened to me this week. I came home from a nice lunch with friends to both an email and urgent voicemail message from a client saying someone had hacked their website and their URL redirected to a porn site.

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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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