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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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...

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How to Turn Your Gorilla Client into a Monkey

Don’t get me wrong. I like gorillas and monkeys too, but when it comes to business, it’s smart to keep a close eye on how your gross profits are divided up amongst your client roster. Any client that is 20% or more of your gross profits (fee + mark up) is a gorilla client. A...

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You can’t mess with policy

I think calling something a “policy” immediately makes it more official. A few of my unspoken policies include: I will not check my email before I make my bed. Ilise Benun is the only person I will agree to speak with before 9 AM. If you ignore our scheduled phone call twice, and don’t apologize,...

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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...