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.

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Why Rejection Is Difficult for Creative Professionals

Why is rejection so difficult for creatives? Or is it for everyone? That was one of my first questions for Poet and Creative Coach, Mark McGuiness, in Episode 3 of the HOWLive Speaker Podcast Series. He believes it’s completely normal to have trouble with this. “We really care about our work, so of course...

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How’s your business fitness?

People always laugh when I tell them I’m watching my weight. It’s easy to see why if you’ve ever met me. I was the “scrawny” kid in school. For most of my life I’ve enjoyed a fast metabolism that burns through food very quickly. And I’ve been drawn to hobbies like dancing and living...

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Just a Reminder: Your Business Is Not About You

It’s a tricky concept but essential, so I’ll keep harping on it. So many aspects of your creative business are actually not about you. Your elevator pitch is not about you. The homepage of your web site is not about you. Your positioning statement is not about you….and on and on and on. If...