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In my days as an agent for art directors, copywriters, graphic designers and illustrators, I would get a lead on a new project and get to work calling in portfolios (I know, old school!) from all great independent creative talent […]

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So, you’ve decided to start your own creative agency? You probably need to hire remote workers, right? Since you’ve been part of the freelancing industry for a long time, you know that not all freelancers do things with responsibility and […]

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Today’s episode of Freelance to Founder is probably one of our most controversial stories thus far. But it also happens to be one of my favorite. Why so controversial? Because it tells the story of Russ Perry who founded a company […]

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As a freelancer or solopreneur, you’re in a tight spot legally. You probably wish sometimes that you could work closely with a lawyer to draft or review your client contracts. I mean, nothing puts a creative mind to sleep faster than reading […]

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Here’s a tough truth about freelancing: no one tells you how much of your time you’ll be spending on project management. The upside? There are tons of amazing project management tools for freelancers on the market right now. Way more […]

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Tom Ross used to be a design blogger getting hundreds of thousands of views every month. But he quickly realized almost none of those visitors really cared about him, his brand, or his business. They weren’t engaging with his brand—and […]

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Nobody likes writing invoices, but we all like getting paid, don’t we? From web designing to providing digital marketing services, starting up and running a self-owned business requires a fairly in-depth knowledge of the various aspects of working with your […]

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When I first started freelancing, I looked everywhere for a freelance invoice app to help me streamline my online business. See, I used to have this invoice template built in InDesign and stored somewhere safe on my computer. Every time […]

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When I ask my two-year-old daughter to do something she doesn’t want to do, she has no problem telling me no. When I say, “Please put your shoes on,” she says, “No!” When I say, “Stop eating that crayon,” she […]

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Freelancing, as any other job, has its ups and downs. Do you know why so many people are attracted by the idea to do freelance work? Because it sounds so flexible. Do you know why so many of them give […]

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When Courtland Allen was an 8-year-old tinkering with computers and teaching adults around him how the machines worked, he probably never imagined that many years later he would build a small company that would eventually be acquired y tech giant, Stripe. […]

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As the old saying goes – time is money. Nowhere else does this saying seems more crucial than in the world of freelancing. For a freelancer or a creative, managing the best out of his/her time is imperative. You’re on […]

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They say the devil is in the details. And “they” are right. If you want a creative business that stands out from the rest — one for which clients constantly sing your praises and consistently send you referrals — then […]

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When Nathan Barry dropped out of college a few years ago, he never dreamed he’d soon be running a company that generates over $800,000 every month in recurring revenue. But that’s exactly what has happened with Nathan’s Saas company ConvertKit. […]

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Admit it. You do it too. (But don’t worry, we all do… even the “best” among us.) Each time you decide to write new copy for your website… you don’t know where to start. You have an idea of how […]

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If you have a love/hate relationship with your day job or you just feel stuck and emotionally disconnected with your work, today’s episode of Freelance to Founder is just what you need. On the show today we hear from Joanna Wiebe, […]

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Know thyself. Trust your gut. To thine own self be true. These are likely phrases you’ve heard before. You’ve probably seen them on motivational posters, usually with a picture of a lone figure on a mountaintop contemplating customer acquisition strategies […]

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As a freelance writer, there comes a point where you face a dilemna. Should you write on one narrow topic or should you be open to accept different offers and write on almost any possible topic? Both of these options […]

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Tired of writing proposals that don’t get accepted or go unanswered? A common problem I hear is designers who spend a bunch of time and energy on a proposal, only for their prospect to reject it. Or, the prospect disappears […]

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Michael O’Neal is one of the most well-known podcasters in the world of independent entrepreneurship. His show, The Solopreneur Hour reaches a massive audience and Michael himself has become one of the most well-known and highly respected hosts around. And it’s […]

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My father was self-employed. As a kid, I remember watching my mother struggle to keep track of all the receipts, invoices, and vendor payments my father had to pay every month to stay in business. She really needed an expense […]

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Whether we consciously realize it or not, the truth is that we creative-types have been blessed with skills that not everyone possesses — or, at least, that they don’t utilize. We are, in many ways, special. As such, our skills […]

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Just a few years ago, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner was a recently graduated financial analyst with loads of student debt. Now her blog, Making Sense of Cents, is a seven-figure operation. For the last few months, she and her husband have really upped […]

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One of my earliest clients was a fashion design company in Los Angeles who asked me to create a print ad for use in one of the larger industry trade magazines. Excited to be creating a design with such a […]

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Just give up. I get it. It doesn’t sound like this is an inspirational post about getting things done when I start out by telling you to pack it in, but it’s the truth. I don’t mean it in the […]

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“Failure is just an interesting way of collecting more data.” It’s an interestingly optimistic way to look at life and at business and it’s a fantastic introduction to our most recent guest on the Freelance to Founder podcast, Brennan Dunn. Brennan […]

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I think it’s every blogger’s wet dream: Get your posts on the first page of Google, get LOADS of traffic for free, and have all your business problems solved forever because so many people are seeing your work and loving […]

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Local clients. If you are a big fish in a small pond and are making it work, good for you. But I see comments like these below from freelancers all the time: “People won’t pay top dollar where I live […]

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Let’s not fool ourselves, inbound marketing is not a quick-and-easy 3-step job. In fact, it’s a process that requires constant attention, analysis and refinement. Maybe for that reason, those that are more likely to get involved in inbound marketing are […]

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I spent eight months, from August 2016 to March 2017, developing my first ever e-course. The one that was going to end my time-for-money struggles forever, give me more passive income than I could ever dream of, and make me […]

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It happened to me today. I was talking to a client who didn’t understand the difference between “design” and “layout.” Sigh. In fact, I don’t think a day goes by without a client asking what we in the creative industry […]

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I want to share a few of the common money and pricing mistakes freelancers do that can sabotage their earning potential. These were things I was doing in my design business and didn’t even realize it. I’m going to show […]

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Managing a team of employees is something everyone needs to be good at, but since the working world is changing, you need to learn how to deal with remote teams of freelancers effectively. Transition from an employee driven workplace to […]

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Are you a newish freelancer who’s been told that you have to “get out there and promote your business” in ways that require you to talk to strangers? Well today, I’m going to save you from a world of discomfort, […]

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Let me ask you a question: if you needed surgery would you seek out the best specialist you could afford, or would you go with the nearest general practitioner? Me too! And your ideal clients are no different. During my […]

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Just for the fun of it, type in “accounting software” into your favorite search engine and see what appears. When I Googled it, I found a list of apps, ads and reviews of the top online accounting software programs. Figuring […]

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Thinking of becoming a freelance transcriber? After all, how hard can it be right? Download an audio file. Listen to it on the go. Settle down and type out what you hear in a word processor. Simple right? Well, not […]

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Clients come, and clients go. But as a freelancer running a creative business as your livelihood, you can’t afford the income to go. That has to keep coming. To ensure that it does, you have to continuously build (and rebuild) […]

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As someone who started out her life as a confirmed introvert, I can relate to anyone else’s fear of networking. Walking into spaces full of strangers, I could tell which ones were the power players I needed to connect with. Problem […]

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We all make mistakes. And, if you are a creative freelancer and own a creative business, you have made — and will continue to make — a ton of them on projects for your clients. That’s a given. The variable is […]

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Breaking up is the hardest thing to do—especially when you’re a freelancer. But, sometimes, you just need to do it. The reasons, of course, vary depending on exactly why you decided to become a freelancer in the first place. For […]

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You perform a service. Then you get paid. That’s the definition of business in a nutshell. But what if your clients take their sweet time when it comes to compensating you? You need cash now. But in this case, your […]

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Whether you fear to spend your life doing a job that you have no passion for or you have been in the workforce for a while and are entering a mid-life crisis, it is common to consider a career change. […]

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The way you present your work can be the difference between getting your client’s approval and going back to the drawing board over and over again during the project, while both you and your client get frustrated. Below are a […]

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