There is a spectrum that exists, running between working for someone else and working for yourself. Theoretically, the ultimate state of the ‘working for yourself’ end of the spectrum is having money work for you and not requiring to do any work at all.
Seven years ago, I started legitimately freelancing for the first time.
I was so stoked. “If I can find just one or two new clients every month,” I thought to myself, “I’ll be making more than I could at a desk job, doing something I love and with more free time than ever.”
There are many reasons why creative professionals do really well in business.
They have an exceptional product. Their skills are refined and glass sharp after years of practice. They’re motivated. They are on top of their finances. They know how to create work that is commercial, and they are great at marketing themselves.
As freelancers, many of us know the feeling. Despite all of our best efforts, we can hit a point when our pipeline runs dry. We have no clients and very little money in the bank.
Hello Red Lemons. Today I wanted to give you some ideas for making more time in your life.
Some of these you may already do. Most of these may be unusual to you. All of these will create more time for you.
If there’s one thing that has surprised me most about working freelance, it’s the sense of community amongst those who work for themselves.
Everyone, no matter how experienced, seems interested to hear the stories of others: what inspired them to set out on their own, how they dealt with any hesitations before taking the leap, and how they controlled their nerves once they began.
Two of the best things you can do for your business are 1) coming up with fresh, innovative ideas, and 2) maintaining an inspired and motivated vigour in you as a business owner, freelancer or creative person.
Here’s something to think about. Many of you run creative businesses that rely on word of mouth advertising and promotion. A lot of the business you get comes from people talking about you in a positive light, getting good reviews, referrals and recommendations.
It’s an experience many creatives have suffered, particularly early in their careers – taking on a project that promises exposure rather than financial reward.
Often poorly defined and almost never accompanied by a written agreement, the nature of these projects allows the client to tweak, twist, turn, and change the scope of the project at their whim.
My awesome Red Lemon Club subscribers have been sending me career pains, struggles and gripes in large numbers over the past four years. There are many things we as creatives struggle with, are confused by and just plain don’t understand.
The world is moving. Recession or not, there is no doubt that human society is experiencing rapid change, progression, and a shift in the way we interact, do business, create, and experience reality.
I’ve put together a list of some of the bigger and noticeable challenges being faced by those in the creative industries in today’s world. I’ve also included some suggestions on what you can do to deal with them.
Getting ahead inevitably requires communicating with the right people, especially influential ones. But it’s not always easy to get through or even get noticed. Read our comic for ideas that could help you succeed: