To succeed in business as a freelance creative requires shifting from functioning solely as a creative — an illustrator, a designer, a photographer, a copywriter, an artist — to functioning as the owner of a creative business. In this episode I share half a dozen shifts we need to make in how we think about what we’re doing, and why.
As a follow-on to a recent episode, I go in-depth into why and how it’s important for both our clients and us to ensure our
What do you do when a client wants to treat you as an employee rather than an independent freelance business owner? I answer two questions from freelancers dealing with this conundrum: the first centers on a retainer agreement and the second is dealing with a performance review. I present the case for why you’re not an employee, and ways you can respond if you find yourself working with a client who wants control. A third question deals with how to protect your work during a creative review.
We all have them… those fears and uncertainties that restrict our forward motion. In this episode I share some insights about fear, risk, and consequences, and how you can accelerate through your own freelancing fears and leave them in the dust cloud behind you.
Something that’s often disregarded is the value of creativity to business. There’s the mindset that, “You’re doing what you love to do. It’s creative, it’s fun. You shouldn’t expect to be paid much for it because your payment is in the enjoyment of what you do.” The thing is, though, that we need to look at what we do as having value beyond just the enjoyment.
What we actually do as professional creatives. By way of a true story to illustrate the point, I share a mindset shift for visual creatives
“No” is a power word… It might seem counter-intuitive to turn down a project when you need the income. But saying NO is sometimes the
To manage your time focus on work-life integration, not balance.
How and why we freelance creatives need to manage expectations.
Some warning signs freelancers tend to overlook because they want the project.
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