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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Your First Promotional Materials as a Freelancer

There’s so much you don’t know when you first start your own creative business, whether you dive in with a plan (or without) or are nudged by outside forces. Beyond the nuts and bolts of running a business, you don’t know whether you have hidden talents for managing others or whether dormant genes for...

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Want a rockin’ contact form? Here’s how…

photo from Shutterstock A good contact form can do so much more than get a prospect’s name and phone number. It can help determine if a client and project are a good fit—and reinforce your idealness for the job. On my contact page, I ask (and provide answer choices) for the following questions: What...

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Pizza in Hoboken with Luke Mysse

I just had pizza in Hoboken with Luke Mysse, who closed his design business after 18 years and rode 4200 miles across the country to STOP SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition), thanks to sponsors like Xero.com and other who donated to his Kickstarter Campaign. (Read more about it here and here on the CF Blog. And...

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Package Pricing for Creative Services: Is It For You?

Lately, I‘ve been helping creative professionals develop “package pricing” to offer their prospects and clients, but the main question I get is, “Is it right for me?” How do you tell if your work is appropriate to package? One important question to ask yourself is this: Do you offer a variation on the same service to...

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PhotoShelter’s new guide! How to Market Your Photography

Have you downloaded PhotoShelter’s latest guide yet? It’s called How to Market Your Photography –and it’s free! Whether you’re a photographer or some other type of creative professional, the tips in this guide will help you create a marketing plan, tackle SEO, blog better, succeed with social media, and take advantage of email marketing. And check out all...