All posts filed under: Freelancing

How to Survive the Biggest Creative Job Decline of All Time

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Adding Value / Freelancing / Remarkability

Are designers, illustrators and visual artists turning into commodities? I was recently asked by a reader to discuss the health of the graphic design and creative industries in general. His concerns centre around what appear to be the ‘commoditisation’ of these industries and the people working in them, with the following example: On an online exchange, you can buy a decent quality illustration for $5 for commercial use. Read More

Three Steps to Figuring Out the Ideal Client for Your Creative Business

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Freelancing / Promotion

Before I get knee deep into this, I wanted to address some of the jargon I’ll be using to describe various concepts and ideas and get it out the way first. When I refer to prospect, I’m talking about anyone who has the potential to hire you, who has not yet done so. When I refer to client, I’m talking about someone who is in the process of working with you - or has worked […]

Promotion Ideas that Work, from 9 Varied Creative Pros

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Behind Scenes / Business / Creatives / Freelancing / Interviews / Promotion / Social Media

With so many platforms now available to us, we are lucky to have so many options when it comes to getting our work seen by the right audience. But as some strategies will obviously be more effective than others, we wanted to find out how differently approaches differ within various creative fields in the industry. We talked to 9 successful creative working in practices ranging from animation and multidisciplinary design, to fine art and textiles. While […]

How I Create More Time and Rarely Get Overwhelmed

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Freelancing / Motivation / Productivity

I still have days where I feel distracted and get less done than I’d hoped. I still have moments where I feel stress and a lack of motivation. There are also days where I spend the entire day working, but usually those days are out of a love for work, rather than a need to do it. There are still some curveballs thrown that catch me off-guard for a while too. Read More

Why Building Your Own Assets Must Come Before All Else

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Freelancing / Inspiration / Personal Development

I’m currently having one of my ‘all the buses come at once’ months where several illustration jobs have come in within the space of ten days, and I’m furiously working on several projects in time for a string of nearing deadlines. Although I’m grateful for paid work coming in, this rush of gold also means that other areas of my life and career can get neglected (don’t worry, I’ve got my personal hygiene covered). One […]

My 7 Rules for Living a Freelance ‘LifeStyle’ Business

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Freelancing / Inspiration

Editor's note: This is a guest post from digital marketing consultant Col Skinner, who works via his brand: 'Profoundry' with a range of people, helping them create digital campaigns to boost their businesses. Between 2009 and 2014 I worked full time roles at three agencies and one large fashion retailer. During this time I found myself very miserable, working for someone else. I would sit at my desk as account managers dropped more and more […]

18 Top Illustrators Tell Us Their Biggest Ideas on How to be Successful

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Creatives / Freelancing / Idea Generation / Interviews / Personal Development

Looking to those who have successfully found their way to where we are currently trying to navigate can provide an invaluable guide to avoiding the steep drops and dead ends that often come up to blindside us. There is never one singular route or clearly-etched map to carving out a fulfilling career as a successful creative professional. With every additional artist you approach, words of wisdom become more complex, nuanced, and unexpected. By putting together a series […]