Freelance Design Work & How to Freelance

Succeeding in freelance design requires smart work and business habits that can pave the way to prosperous design careers for many who desire this path. Get expert guidance on managing your freelance graphic, web design business or bringing your dreams to life by starting your own design business.

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Time To Start Your Freelance Business?

If you are a: Moonlighting freelancer In house designer who may one day go freelance New freelancer who isn’t sure if you can make freelancing work A veteran… freelancer who wants to take your business to the next level …then it just might be time to take my brand new 2-week, online course, “How...

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7 Freelance Virtues

Whether you're just starting out or have been a solo pro for decades, we can all thrive in 2014 by renewing our commitment to these 7 freelance virtues.

Retainer Arrangements = Predictable Cash Flow

In last week’s online event, Strategies for Creative Freelancers (which you can still access — it’s not too late — use promo code “CFWIN14″), the issue of retainers came up as a way to steady the work flow and, importantly, the cash flow. But many freelancers aren’t sure where to start. This is an...

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Tips for Networking in 2014

When you think of networking, do you think of slimy schmoozers pushing their business cards on everyone they encounter? That’s one kind of networking—but certainly not the only kind, and definitely not the most effective kind, especially for freelance designers. Networking—connecting authentically and personally with real people—is still, hands down, the most effective marketing...

A Growing Niche for Print & Publication Designers…

For all you print designers who don’t want to learn HTML and just wish you could find a niche where your print and publication design skills are valued…here it is. A recent New York Times article has the answer for you: hobby magazines. According to the article, “…as readers increasingly turn to the Internet...

Turn More Prospects into Paying Clients

Did you know that one of the biggest marketing challenges for creative professionals is turning prospects into paying clients. That’s what we in the “marketing” business call “closing the sale.” But often, when a creative pro comes to me for help, a major complaint I hear is, “I am losing too many good prospects....

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CFC Success: From struggling freelancer to 2-year contract

I got this message today from Nick Matarese, a freelance designer in Delaware who attended CFC 2013 for the first time in San Francisco this past June. Looks like it was the right decision for him…. I am emailing you to say thank you. Earlier this year I was feeling quite lost in my freelance...