Creative Freelancer Blog

On the Creative Freelancer Blog, guru Ilise Benun—founder of Marketing Mentor and co-producer of the Creative Freelancer Conference—and a host of other prominent experts in the field tackle all things freelance. Get the scoop on freelance graphic design work, how to start your own graphic design business, networking, building strong relationships with clients, designer resources, and much more. Freelancing can be a seemingly complicated and daunting career prospect for any designer—but it doesn’t have to be. The Creative Freelancer Blog breaks it down, demystifies it and gives any designer the tools they need to successfully go solo.


Get early bird rates for HOW Design Live…by Feb 3.

We have an incredible schedule lined up for HOW Design Live and the Creative Business track (which I have programmed) this year. If you haven’t already signed up, do it today—early bird rates end February 3rd (that’s Tuesday)! Are you a creative business owner, freelancer or solopreneur considering a 2-day ticket? The majority of the Creative Business sessions...

Graphic Design Proposals 101

Biggest Pricing Mistake: Are you making it?

If you itemize your pricing on graphic design proposals — literally listing out what each service costs — it could be time to stop. It’s actually one of the biggest mistakes I see creatives making. This “Chinese menu” approach subtly implies that your services can be ordered “a la carte” and that clients can pick and choose what...


Command The Fees You Deserve: Jan 21-23 Live Online

I’m in San Francisco, prepping for my new online course, Command The Fees You Deserve, which will be streaming live this week (Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 21-23, 2015) from 12-6 PM Eastern (9 AM-3 PM Pacific). It’s free to RSVP and download the bonuses — so do it now! I don’t really imagine you’ll be...


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...

Jill Anderson of Jill Lynn Design

How to Make Your Web Site 2015-Ready

A little simplicity, clarity and space to breathe seem like great ways to approach a new year, don’t they? They’re also super-relevant ways to approach web design that looks like it belongs in this century. In my latest blog post, I share 6 website updates I’m personally making to get my website 2015-ready. Here are 2...