Author Archives: Ilise Benun

About Ilise Benun

Ilise Benun, founder of Marketing Mentor and co-producer of the Creative Freelancer Conference, works with creative freelancers who are serious about building healthy businesses. Connect with Ilise's expertise through books she authors, conference sessions and DesignCasts.Sign up for her Quick Tips.

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Proposal Tips for Creative Professionals

From the blog of Peter Giffen, writer and editor, I love his take on Requests for Proposals or, as he refers to them, “Request for Perplexity.” Here’s an excerpt from his post entitled, “Why Do RFPs Hurt So Much?”: Don’t Be More Corporate Than the Client Clients hire agencies because they are creative and...

4 Actions Plans for Especially Creative Professionals

If you want better clients in 2015, you need an action plan. They come in all shapes, sizes and prices, from simple to complex. Here are some excellent ones tailored to creative professionals and highly recommended:  The 2015 Marketing Plan + eCalendar. Created by Marketing Mentor (that’s me!), this plan simplifies marketing mayhem by guiding you through...

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Free Browser for Creatives

Here’s a special offer we just came across — a browser designed with your needs in mind. And it’s free for the holidays! Bespoke is a creative browser tailored to visual minds, making it easy to discover, save & share ideas in a single platform. Watch the Bespoke movie here. With Bespoke you can...

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Holiday listening: Top 8 CFBC #podcasts of 2014

CFBC/HOW Design Live only happens once a year, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Check out the most popular podcasts from 2014 featuring HOWLive speakers: Creating a Business Action Plan – with HOWLive/CFBC speaker, Corwin Hiebert Pricing as an intimate act – with HOWLive/CFBC speaker, Jason Blumer Surviving as a creative pro...

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When You Love What You Do Too Much….

There’s an awesome new online “show” for solopreneurs — it’s called “Solopreneur” on the Whatever It Takes Network — and the host, Terri Trespicio, really gets us. She interviewed me for the show last month (watch that one here), but her most recent episode is ever better! She addresses what happens when you love...

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Black Friday Deals!

No waiting in line! No standing in the cold! Get your Black Friday Deals from HOW, My Design Shop and Marketing Mentor. Save 50% Site-Wide on in My Design Shop including everything “Ilise Benun” — including Proposal Bundles! Plus don’t miss the Black Friday Bundle in the Marketing Mentor Shop — here’s what you get: NEW Package Pricing...

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Halloween Costume = Big Prizes from @FreshBooks

Here’s a good reason to dress up for Halloween — FreshBooks is having a contest and you could win: The gift of time: Get dinner delivered to your doorstep three times a week for a month to free up your evenings for rest and relaxation Cleaning, schmeaning: Take back your weekends by having a...