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Freelancers: A room full of potential clients!

Success Tips for this year’s Freelancer Showcase & Matchmaking Happy Hour at HOWLive/CFBC. Last year I made enough new client connections at the first Freelancer Showcase & Matchmaking Happy Hour to cover the entire cost of my trip to the Creative Freelancer Conference in San Francisco—including travel, meals, and all that jazz—and I’m still...

Freelancing: Freedom + Uncertainty?

There’s an excellent article in The New York Times by Rachel Swarns about the reality of freelancing — its freedoms and its uncertainties — personified by a web developer who’s having trouble making ends meet. It recounts how he has found counsel and community through the Freelancers Union, founded 20 years ago by Sara...

Are You a Reluctant Networker Too?

Tiffany Estes of Whole Brain Creative in Portland, Oregon is a veteran CFBC attendee. So you would think she’s an intrepid networker too. Not so much, as you will see in her recent blog post for the Freelancers Union blog, The Reluctant Networker. Here’s an excerpt:  “I’m afraid of getting trapped with somebody,” I...

CFBC 2014: How to Be the Best at Networking

A recent post from Laura Foley, Networking 101: Bring Your Darn Business Cards!, got some strong comments when it was reposted on the CFC LinkedIn group, including this one from, Dana Manciagli, author of the forthcoming “Cut the Crap, Network for Success” (get a free chapter here) and one of our speakers at this year’s...

Networking 101: Bring your darn business cards!

We designers are a funny bunch sometimes. Although many of us make a living creating marketing collateral for our clients, we sometimes do a pretty bad job of marketing ourselves. And at the last HOW Design Live, I saw a stunning example of shoot-yourself-in-the-foot non-marketing: designers with no business cards. I can’t imagine why...

Creative Freelancer: Who’s On Your Team?

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...

You Need More Than a Logo: Perfect Your Pitch

“Who are you?” It’s the question every employer wants answered in a perfect pitch that informs, entertains, and doesn’t last too long (around 30 seconds according to Rob Wallace, managing partner of brand identity and package design firm Wallace Church, Inc.) These employers want to hear your story. They want you to provide a...