Creative Revolutionary: Alisa Bonsignore

If you saw the HOW Design Live mailer, you probably read about Alisa Bonsignore, a writer and editor in Northern California who is also a 4-time veteran of the Creative Freelancer Conference. (That means Alisa has been to as many CFCs as me — and she’ll be there this year too!)

We think of Alisa as a “creative renegade” and we’re featuring her story on the conference web site. Here’s an excerpt:

By the end of my first Creative Freelancer Conference, I had gotten the nerve to fire my most difficult client (done by phone from the bridge at the Chicago Hyatt); I had a tagline for my business thanks to Dyana Valentine‘s Pitch Perfect session; I had a list of action items that was as long as my arm; and I had met some spectacular people and cross-pollinated my brain with all kinds of ideas that wouldn’t have come to me while sitting alone in my home office. The “wow” factor was amazing.

Within two months, I had overhauled my website; spoken with an accountant; had an attorney create a master services agreement for me; changed my marketing materials; and raised my rates. And I also, very gradually, practiced saying “no.” I’m still working on that last one.

Need some inspiration to keep yourself dedicated to the creative solopreneur life? Read the rest here — you’ll find tales of lone wolves who found a satisfying balance between creative excellence, positive client relations, and profitable businesses.

Are you, or is someone you know, a creative renegade? Email us at with the subject line “Creative Renegade” to tell us your story or nominate a peer. If you’re profiled on this page, you’ll receive an exclusive “Creative Renegade” icon to post on your website, social networking site, or just print out and post above your desk!

And if you aren’t yet registered for CFC, sign up here and take advantage of the combo $100 discount: $50 early bird before Mar 30th + $50 Marketing Mentor discount with promo code “CMM12″