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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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...

If you don’t know who your target market is….

I’m in a Facebook group where last week a designer posted his portfolio and wanted feedback. It was difficult to provide much feedback, however,  because he hadn’t tailored his portfolio for anyone in particular. When it was suggested to him that he choose a market, he asked, “How do I figure that out?” to which Tara Alemany, of Aleweb Social...

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Breaking Up With Design Clients

I love this episode of Solopreneur with Terri Trespicio in which she is walking through Boston in a blizzard extolling the similarities between break ups with romantic partners and with design clients. In this video, Terri speaks candidly about how difficult it is not to take the loss of a client personally and yet how...

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Give me your best number…

I love recapping a year in numbers. There’s something about fitting a whole year into a neat little blog post that makes me feel like anything is possible. In my latest post, I shared my favorite numbers from 2014. Here are some of them: responsive websites designed + developed – 30 conferences attended – 3 (WordCamp, Web...

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Share the love with your freelancer network

About a week before the Thanksgiving holiday I had an additional reason to be thankful — a bit of extra cash I didn’t have to do a lick of work for. Okay, that’s not completely accurate. I did do one small thing to earn this “free money.” I hit the forward button in my...