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#5MinuteMonday: How to Achieve Success with Your Designer

In today’s episode, find out the 5 essentials to get the perfect designer for your next project in less than 5 minutes. We all know there’s nothing more frustrating than not knowing what’s going on with your project but that ends today. Whether you found them on Fiverr, Upwork, they are a freelancer, run their own business or are an agency, you need to know the answer to these 5 questions before you sign on the dotted line. Listen in to find out some of Christine’s best ways to set up no-fail communication channels so that your designer can deliver.

Good luck on your search for success, my friend.

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Christine is the founder of CL Designs and the host of Brand Party Podcast. Christine has traded in climbing the corporate ladder for climbing mountains around the world. She helps lifestyle businesses realize their vision and connect with the people most important to them through branding, web design, and social content creation, with a holistic brand 360 perspective. Saying no to dull and clunky visuals and yes to consistency, creativity and efficiency form the core of her approach.

What to Listen For

  • Start here. Your project will crumble before it gets started without this check-in. (1:49)

  • Do they even know what they are doing? Assess a potential designer with ease and confidence by finding out their system and platforms for communication. (2:24)

  • This isn’t just a pay check. How to politely ask if your new designer supports your vision? (3:05)

  • Speed Recap: 5-point checklist to achieve success with your next designer. (3:35)

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About this show: As featured in Top 10 New & Noteworthy Canada & Top 10 Art & Design Canada, Brand Party Podcast will energize you to invest in your brand in new ways. Join me for tips, insights, and actions you can take to make your brand a priority in your business. My guests and I deliver honest, to-the-point advice you can implement RIGHT AWAY!


Partial transcription provided from the episode. Note: Although the transcription is largely accurate, in some cases it is incomplete or inaccurate. It is posted as an aid to understanding the episode for those who may be hard of hearing or those looking for additional resources. How many of you have landed on or and don’t know where to start?

You keep scrolling and do nothing. Overwhelm kicks in. Analysis paralysis ensues.

I get it. Whether you’re exhausted by decision fatigue to figure out which designer to hire, to trying to navigate the software yourself, hopefully these tips can help you on your search. Because we all just want to find someone who truly gets it, right? The road to success isn’t always a well paved path. It takes some digging and some clarity to achieve it together. Here are some tips to consider when working with your next designer.

1.) They have the personality to boot More and more each day, teams are growing with the person in mind. That person you hire needs to mesh well with your core values, work ethic, and synergy with you and the rest of your growing team. Definitely keep in mind what their relevant experience is as it will reduce the learning curve. But consider the person behind the screen equally. Book a quick ZOOM and see if you’re a good fit.

2.) They set clear expectations

There’s nothing more frustrating than not knowing what’s going on with your project. Whether you’re transparent about the scope or skillset you’re looking for to having a distinct goal in mind for the project, share that with your designer! Transparency and authenticity goes a long way. Setting boundaries will also allow you both to get on the same page moving forward. Understanding what you’re going to get out of it, how to manage it post-project, and when their hours of communications are will allow you to get on with what you do best. 3.) They create reliable communication methods

Maybe your two favourite words are communication and deadlines too? If you’re always the one sending those reminders and are being left in the dark - it’s time to find another designer, my friend. Decide on a platform that works mutually for you both, whether it’s via email, Asana, Google calendar or a combination to keep one another clear and accountable to get the job done.

4.) They will power through I know that you want your brand to make a difference in the world, and that you need a designer who cares about your business values as much as you do. At the end of the day, you need to get that job done. Perseverance and determination speaks volumes. If you’re looking for someone dependable, who can deliver - even when the wifi is weak and the deadline is tight - that designer will become your weapon of choice. 5.) They support you

Entrepreneurship is hard. You’re doing a kickass job. Having an ally in this crazy world can be such a life saver. Your success is my success too. We can indeed grow together and lift by raising one another up.

You want to find someone who can show the world exactly who you truly are without having to deal with a big agency who treats you like a number, or a freelancer you met online who doesn’t understand what it’s like to run their own business and face the challenges like you and I do. Good luck on your search for success, my friend! Enjoy the Brand Party? Leave a rating & review to share all the fun we've had. Until next time!



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