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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[Podcast] How to get your freelance career started through oDesk

For a while, I’ve avoided posting about online freelance marketplaces, but this take on it from freelancer, Jake Jorgovan, answers the real questions freelancers have so you can know who should use it, when and how, as you build a freelance business. Plus, a recent report states that 10% of businesses (up from 3%) are...

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Email Newsletters Are Not Dead — Far From It!

There was a discussion recently in our very active “Creative Freelancer Conference” LinkedIn Group about the current thinking on email newsletters as a marketing tool for freelancers. I haven’t weighed in yet but David Carr has a great article in the New York Times (6/30/14), “For Email Newsletters: A Death Greatly Exaggerated,” on the fact that...

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Freelance Design Work for In-House Teams

Has your in-house design team produced something incredible? Enter in-house work into the In-House Design Awards! Conference presenter Andy Epstein joined us for a live chat as part of HOW Design Live Online, sharing his insights on freelance designers working on in-house teams. Andy Epstein started his career as a freelance designer and illustrator....

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Freelancers on the term “Freelancer”

More than 3 years ago, one of the posts that got the most comments was one called, “Is Freelancer a Negative Term?” It’s 2014 and there are more and more freelancers taking the leap into full-time freelancing. And this question came up again in the online course I’m teaching through HOW Design University, “How...

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Tips to Conquer the Rest of 2014 via @PhotoShelter

Can you believe we are already almost halfway through 2014? The good news: You still have six months left to bring in business and end the year strong. Actually, there’s just over 200 days left, so you’ve got a lot to work with. If you didn’t make it to HOW Design Live or the...

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Why Every Freelancer Should Take a Vacation

Being self-employed means you can take a day off—or a week, or a month, or even more—whenever you like. Yet ironically many freelancers find it stressful to take a vacation. Even mentioning the subject typically triggers one of two intense visceral responses in a freelancer’s “lizard” brain: “Ack! I don’t have enough work! I...

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Pricing Tips for Freelancers (+ Resources too!)

More and more mainstream publications are writing more and more frequently about the challenges of freelancing — here’s one more article from Alina Tugend (@atugend) of The New York Times “Personal Business” section (from 5/31/14) called “Tips for Those Who Set Their Own Salaries.” In it she cites Lindsay Van Thoen from The Freelancers...

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An Action Plan for Freelancers

In the latest episode from the Speaker Podcast Series for this year’s Creative Freelancer Business Conference, I talked with Corwin Hiebert, a business manager for freelancers, visual artists, and entrepreneurs, about how to create a Business Action Plan, which is much simpler (and can be better for creative professionals) than a traditional business plan....