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Rafal Tomal

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Balancing the Ups and Downs of Running a Service Business

Balancing the Ups and Downs of Running a Service Business​ Running a business can often feel like you're strapped into the wildest rollercoaster with no idea what twist or turn is coming next. I've been there and it's both exhilarating and daunting. In my best month, I soared high with earnings hitting over $95k. The next month, it’s a plunge into a $15k loss. Yeah, it’s a wild ride. And here's the thing – it's completely normal. There are going to be amazing days and some not-so-great ones....

about 1 month ago • 2 min read
Free Figma style guide template

FREE Figma Web Style Guide and Starter Templates​ In today’s newsletter, I’m thrilled to share something special with you: my free web style guide for Figma. It's a simplified version of the design system we use over at DesignKit.us. Think of this file as your design springboard. You can use it as a starting point for your own creations. Adjust the colors, play around with typography, add more UI elements, or expand the color palette to suit your needs. It's designed to be flexible and...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

How I Run My Design Studio​ It's been four years since I gave my freelancing a makeover, transforming it into what is now 8px.studio. It's been quite a journey, growing from a solo venture to a design studio with two full-time designers and a bunch of talented contractors. When I embarked on this journey, I made a conscious decision to measure success differently. For me, it's not just about the numbers in the bank account. It's more about how this venture fits into my life. Does it make me...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read
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A couple of years ago, I hit the reset button on my design business and my life. Back then, I felt stuck. Like many, I believed success meant building a perfect business — hiring a team, scaling up, and making detailed plans for the future. I was caught up in doing what I thought I was supposed to do. Every step was about reaching some industry standard, not about what I really wanted. The joy of designing, my true passion, was getting lost in the noise of ‘business growth’. That’s when I...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

Hi there! As we approach the holidays, it's a great time to reflect on the year. Think about all you've achieved. Even the small steps are progress in our field. If things didn't go as planned, focus on what you've learned rather than what didn't work. Think about what you want to achieve next. Plan clear, achievable steps to reach those goals. Also, explore my new newsletter format below, where I share an article or tutorial for skill-building, a quick design tip, and a personal reflection...

2 months ago • 2 min read
RafalTomal.com

Hello Again 👋 Hey there! It’s been a while… If you’re wondering how you ended up here, it’s because you subscribed to my newsletter, downloaded one of my free resources, or purchased a product from RafalTomal.com. Regardless of how you got here, I’m extremely grateful to have you here and I hope you’ll stay tuned for what’s coming next… I began my journey several years ago by sharing my free design tools and everything I learned with other designers. My personal brand has grown over the...

3 months ago • 3 min read
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