7 Awesome Resources For The Freelance Designer, by Lidia

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One of the challenges of being freelancer or running your own small business, is that you become everything - in my case, I didn't just become the graphic designer, I became the office admin, the artworker, the account manager, the art director... And on top of all that, I had to be in charge of new business development to make sure the work kept coming in. How to stay on top of all these roles, when it's just you? After a few years, everything becomes second nature - without realising it you're multitasking, making quick and effective decisions. For me, one thing I usually worry about it staying up-to-date with the latest trends in this ever moving industry we call design. It is essential to learn and be aware of what's happening out there to be able to offer your clients the best service possible. There are endless tools, tips, blogs and tutorials out there to help you along the way. Below I've listed some resources I find the most useful in my day to day:

Graphic Burger.

A collection of premium quality design mock-ups offered for free to the design community.

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card design mockup

Unsplash

A beautiful collection of high-resolution, free (do whatever you want) photos.

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sunset

Iconfinder

Iconfinder provides beautiful icons to millions of designers, developers and other creative professionals. It now hosts the worlds largest collection of premium and free icons, with over 570,215 icons in stock.

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iconset

Font Squirrel

DaFont is a site that many of us end up using in the hope of finding a decent free font that we can use, however it doesn't always promise the best quality. If I'm in the early stages of a project and want to explore type styles, FontSquirrel is an easy to use site with hundreds of free fonts.

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type

Fount.

Have you ever visited a site and loved the font they use, but didn't know the name? With this bookmark tool you can easily identify any web font on any site. It’ll also tell you the font size, weight, and style. How cool is that?!

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deskshot

Mashable

With 42 million monthly unique visitors, Mashable informs, inspires and entertains the digital community. With the latest news in technology, media, business and entertainment, I can never get bored of my daily visit to the site.

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iwatch

Social Media Today

I love this site. A must if you want to stay up to date on the latest stats, tips and news on social media around the world.

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iphonecamera