Natalie McGuire is a Web Designer + Coach for Graphic Designers looking to level up the business side of their design business by showing them how to manage clients, balance projects, master their design process and workflow, set income goals, and more.
Confession: I’m a crazy person.
I’m one of those freak shows that worked full-time (at a hospital’s nutrition department for 6 years) and went to college full-time and graduated with honors (B.S. in Graphic Design + Psychology.)
Once I graduated and landed my first design job, I freelanced for countless non-profits and small businesses in my area all on nights and weekends.
Fast forward 14 years, 3 full-time employers, and hundreds of freelance jobs later, I built up my business enough to work for myself full-time starting in June of 2013.
This has not been glamorous. This has not been pretty. And this has certainly not been easy.
Working constantly + having a husband + a dog + a life(!) has been beyond stressful, and in order to balance it all, I’ve relied on a series of systems and processes that I’ve developed over the years to make my life easier and maximize my time so I get plenty of sleep, have time to work out, eat well, see my husband, walk my dog, see my friends and family and create a portfolio that I’m truly proud of.
Some of my systems include:
- 30+ draft, Mad-Libs style e-mails so I’m not writing the same responses + instructions over and over again to clients and potential clients
- Fillable PDF workbooks to manage my client’s homework assignments and keep them organized and delivering their content on time
- Calendly to schedule Skype calls with clients and potential clients
- Boomerang to automate follow-up e-mails with clients and potential clients
And here’s the biggest system that I rely on daily: Trello, my project management system that I use with my clients’ projects.
Since utilizing Trello as my project management system, my business has been massively simplified, my time and energy has been maximized, and my clients have never been happier. In fact, most of my clients after working with me start using Trello in their businesses too, and tell me I’m the most organized Designer they’ve ever worked with!
All of this is exactly what I’m talking about in my latest interview with Natasha Vorompiova over at SystemsRock.com.
If you wanna look “under the hood” at my business and how I run all my client projects’ on Trello, this other video is for you.
Next, I wanna hear from you.
IF YOU WANT TO PERFECT YOUR DESIGN PROCESS SO PROJECTS RUN SMOOTHLY AND CLIENTS FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU, THAT’S JUST ONE OF THE PILLARS I TACKLE WITH MY DESIGNER MENTORSHIP CLIENTS.
I’m currently enrolling Graphic Designers into 6-month 1:1 Designer Mentorship program designed to help you move from barely surviving in your business to become a strong, stable savvy business owner. If you’re ready to grow your web design business in 2019 with a strategic partner who gets where you’re from and where you want to go, simply contact me to book a free 60-minute Zoom call to discuss how I can help and support you on your entrepreneurial journey.