Establishing and managing a business so you can make a living from your creative work — your way — isn’t easy and probably not what most of us expected when we started out. With all the competition out there, and now with AI looming as both an asset and a threat to creative work, how will you stand out? How will you make a living? How will you continue to build your business, attract your best clients, and become know for significant work? In this episode I offer 4 ways for your consideration.
AI is disrupting the creative industries in a variety of ways that are both beneficial and detrimental. In this episode we consider the problems and advantages of using AI as a freelance creative and propose answers to these questions, among others: “Why would a client pay me when they can create a thing themself for free using AI?”, “How can I use AI tools to support my business?”, “How can I protect my work from theft?”
To stay in business freelancers need clients, and we’re commonly asking where to find more clients. The obvious freelance platforms and talent agencies aren’t always the best choice for a variety of reason, and they shouldn’t be your only choice. In the episode I present the case for making client prospecting a regular part of your marketing activities, and offer ways to diversify your prospecting through relationship building.
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
How and why we freelance creatives need to manage expectations.
Some warning signs freelancers tend to overlook because they want the project.
Are you using a creative brief in your project development process? The creative brief helps your clients trust you better for a variety of reasons. In this episode I share what a brief is and how your client relationships and freelance business can benefit by using them.
Succeeding as a freelance creative begins with how you think. How you think affects how well you do creatively and business-wise. What you think either hinders or promotes. We all struggle with limiting beliefs and negative thinking, but we don’t have to embrace them. In this episode I share for your consideration a mindset shift through the analogy of gardening and farming. This may make a difference for you if you’re struggling as a freelance creative.
Anticipate and plan ahead to respond well in any circumstance. Things don’t always go the way you planned, especially when it’s more than just you
As a freelance creative, you get to design your own success. Your whole life relies on your ability to achieve your professional objectives, so success isn’t optional. Setting significant goals is one of the most powerful things you can do to accelerate your business. Here are essential insights and a strategic approach to goal-setting that can help you ensure success and longevity.
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