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In addition to the numerous free articles published here, you can further assess your design business’s health with these three free tools.

1. Design Firm Health Calculator. Find out your firm’s effective hourly rate (what each hour produces compared to what you might earn working for someone else).

2. Freelance Hourly Rate Calculator. Are you charging enough as a freelancer? This calculator will help you know what you should be charging (or better, how to benchmark your fees).

3. Freelance Design Career Suitability Survey. Are you personally cut out, and practically ready, to run a design firm? Take this 50 question survey to find out.

You may also want to take DiSC survey. I recommend the DiSC classic profile. I am not a certified DiSC practitioner, but I can be hired inexpensively to help evaluate your profile.