Nothing beats brainstorming for coming up with fresh ideas and refining concepts. Brainstorming is a terrific technique to ensure that ideas are complete and interesting.
Front-loading is like blitzing. The idea is to go bananas at the beginning of a project and rush it. Rather than saving your long hours for a deadline push, you do them first.
The Discovery phase is the first step in the redesign process. It sets the tone for your entire project and affects all aspects of your redesign.
I don’t have numbers in front of me, but I’m guessing that most freelancers, entrepreneurs and small business owners don’t write a business plan before getting started. I certainly didn’t have a plan when I started freelancing. I didn’t write a proper business plan until I took my freelance design business from on-the-side to full-time.