How Feast Design Co. chose their niche (and why you should, too!)
Emily Belden

Emily Belden

Emily Belden is the best-selling author of rated-R memoir, Eightysixed. She is also a public speaker and mom of two out of control rescue dogs. Her second book, Randolph Street, is due out later this year. Find her on instagram or twitter at @emilybelden or

  • How Feast Design Co. chose their niche (and why you should, too!)

    June 12, 2017 by Emily Belden

    A few years ago, I met a public relations guru in Chicago who was just starting out at her own firm. Like most people in her position, she ate up any and all new business opportunities that came her way, even if she wasn’t entirely passionate or interested in their field. As time went on,…

  • How to use content to grow your development business: An interview with Krista Rae

    June 6, 2017 by Emily Belden

    Developers, by nature, work in a very churn-and-burn industry. You know the feeling: A client comes around with a project and then you immediately hit the ground running to code it. By the time that one’s done, it’s on to the next website or doing maintenance on the last! It’s no wonder that when you’re…

  • How to start growing your side design business

    March 27, 2017 by Emily Belden

    If you work a full-time job, congrats! An ever-competitive workforce and tightening budgets amongst companies all across the globe make you one of the lucky ones who is gainfully employed. That said, if you’re still feeling like just having a job isn’t as entirely fulfilling as you’d hoped, you’re not alone. The whispers of a…

  • 3 tips for designers to improve communication with clients

    March 22, 2017 by Emily Belden

    Listening to your clients is one of those things that’s easier said than done. Sure they write the checks, which means you should be all ears. But then again, they rely on you as the design expert, so it’s also your job to speak up and sound off. In this post, we’ll summarize three of…

  • 5 productivity hacks every designer can benefit from

    February 13, 2017 by Emily Belden

    Life hacks are simple and everywhere – for instance, try putting Nutella on everything. But productivity hacks, especially for designers, can be a bit trickier to discover, especially when your workload is piling up and the clients you work for are demanding. Never fear, we have gathered some of the more genius and doable productivity…

  • Tips to set a successful schedule and maximize productivity

    December 27, 2016 by Emily Belden

    One of my favorite things about attending conferences is the organization and flow that comes with the agenda for the meeting. When things are scheduled accordingly, my time is maximized, my productivity is at an all-time high, and I truly feel like I am getting the most out of whatever I am doing. Applying the…

  • 3 quick tips to stay focused as a freelance designer

    December 7, 2016 by Emily Belden

    The freelance life is coveted by many creatives. Flexible hours, freedom to work when and where it’s most convenient for you, and the ability to be your own boss are just some of the attractive things about leaving the corporate world behind and becoming a freelance professional. But like anything that has its benefits, there…

  • 4 ways to be the best web designer your clients have ever worked with

    November 21, 2016 by Emily Belden

    As a member of the creative team, it’s likely that you are pre-programmed to focus on the project instead of the people behind it. While that is crucial to the success of the task, taking a step back and thinking about how you are perceived by your clients is also extremely important for your business…

  • 4 ways to think more creatively every day

    November 4, 2016 by Emily Belden

    When you work in a creative industry, there’s an expectation that your creativity switch is always set to “on.” But ask any designer, and they’ll tell you just how untrue that is. Working on client projects all day, everyday is the dream, but the constant work-flow can make it difficult to keep the creative juices…

  • 3 underrated habits of highly successful designers

    October 14, 2016 by Emily Belden

    Being a designer is about so much more than just knowing how to maneuver the latest and greatest design programs. To be successful in the world of design, you need to master the art of being efficient and productive. You also need to be adaptable, and while you may not always be in a client-facing…

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