10 Business Tips From Designer Bill Drenttel

Esteemed designer Bill Drenttel recently passed away, and Michael Beirut shared this text from a 1991 presentation in a post on Design Observer (now defunct).

The talk was titled “Everything I know about business in one minute.” It resonated with me and I hope it does with you also.

  • Focusing on making a partnership work is more profitable than focusing on making money.
  • Love your employees more than you love your clients. 
  • The best new business is your current business.
  • Price projects by asking yourself what the client’s lawyer would charge.
  • It’s better to be hired for your work than for your price. 
  • When it comes to getting paid, the first of the month is better than the thirtieth. 
  • Making money off mechanicals, printing and computers turns your business into a commodity. 
  • The books in your library are more important than the numbers on your balance sheet. 
  • In order to love your work, take vacations.
  • Power, in business, comes from sharing money and valuing love. 

via Daring Fireball

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