Michelle Schulp of Marktime Media (also a veteran CFC-er) recently wrote an excellent blog post about who creative freelancers need on their “team” to have a thriving business AND how to find those people. Here’s an excerpt — click through to read the rest.
Being a creative freelancer is exciting.
Not only do you have the independence and flexibility to make your own decisions, like what clients you have or what hours you work, but you get to do something FUN for a living! That’s not to say freelancing isn’t a lot of hard work- we all know that it is- but, at least for me, it’s still extremely rewarding. Even on the worst possible days, the days with crushing deadlines and growing to-do lists and client demands and not enough sleep, I can still catch myself saying, “Wow, I can’t believe I can do this for a living.” Creative freelancing can be extremely fulfilling.
But it can also be extremely lonely. After all, we don’t have a built-in support network of officemates and colleagues, we don’t have a Creative Director or Art Director to turn to for advice, or other people to teach us new technologies, or an Account Manager to help deal with clients. This is why it is critical that a creative freelancer build up their own support network, or team, to help fill in these gaps.
As a freelancer and graphic designer, I can’t say enough about the Creative Freelancer Conference, which I will be attending for the third time in May 2014. As a niche part of the HOW Design Live conference, I feel like this conference is the perfect size: large enough to get notable speakers and really feel that “big conference” energy, but small enough that you can still meet people and build a creative family.
- Who you need on your team
- How to build your team
- Where to find those people (online and off)
- And how to stay in touch