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.

An Interview with Adam Ladd, Fresh Off Making the HOW 100

Adam Ladd has worked in branding, art direction, and magazine layout, and along the way, he happened to see and use type—a lot. Having been the art director and designer for both HOW and Print magazines, you've probably seen his work, especially if you were a regular reader of those two publications.

Are RFPs a Waste of Time?

Wondering whether that Request for Proposal is a waste of your time? Check out Ilise Benun’s 10 criteria to help you decide whether you should spend your time elsewhere.

Should You Price Hourly?

So many designers hate talking about money, which makes pricing one of the most dreaded aspects of being self-employed. Perhaps that’s why so many designers resign themselves to pricing their services by the hour. But hat is truly a tragedy—and here's why.

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Connecting the Dots of Marketing: How One Designer Does it

If your marketing for your design business is a bit all over the place, it may not even be worth your time. After all, the key is to reach the right people with the right message at the right time. But exactly does that look like for a designer? Ilise Benun of Marketing-Mentor.com shows...