All posts filed under: General

QuickFire: Common Questions Asked by Working Creatives, Answered in Short

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Brand You / Business / Freelancing / General

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. I thought it would be useful (and fun) to throw together a post that quickly answered some of the common issues and questions many of you have, in what I call a Quickfire Post. That’s right, […]

How to Create Big Ideas Through ‘Zero Thinking’ Right Now

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Creativity / General / Motivation / Personal Development

As creative professionals, the work we do requires idea generation. Our business relies on thinking up good, new ideas all the time. Creativity is the act of generating new ideas to build, make, improve, develop, and ultimately satisfy the users of products and services. When we are at the point of requiring to come up with a new idea, be it for the design of a building, writing a screenplay, illustrating a character, or composing […]

10 Productive Things to Do in Your Extra Time

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General / Improve Online Efficiency / Motivation

Even if you’re a networking meistro, there will often be times when you have little or no commissioned work coming in. It’s easy to take this as a confidence knock or grab the chance for an un-scheduled holiday, but this free time can be used productively to further your career. From working on your dream project to learning new skills, your time is your own to use as much or as little of as you choose. Here are […]

18 Tools for Destroying Distraction

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General / Improve Online Efficiency / Motivation / Personal Development / Resources / Social Media

There is no question that a dilemma exists over the need for creative professionals to create time and space for working on amazing and high quality projects and the existence of an endless stream of distraction, both from the world around us and through the internet. This article should provide you with a large resource of software tools to help you block out distractions and get more done. “Man must shape his tools lest they […]

Ten Essential Business Tips for Creatives

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Administration / General / Money / Networking / Referrals

To be happy and fulfilled, creatives need to spend the majority of their time creating. To be successful in business, creatives need to spend some time (not a lot!) taking care of basic business concerns. Here's a list of essential business tips to keep you focused on what's most important. 1. Make Good Offers and Promises Don't sit back an wait for work to come to you. Make offers to help your clients improve their business. […]

10 Ways for Creatives to Reduce Procrastination Without Planning

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General / Improve Online Efficiency / Personal Development

Procrastination, whether lacking in energy to finish a project, or being distracted by email, is stopping us from working effectively on our creations and projects and is taking valuable time away from promoting the work we have. Many of us want to cut down on time spent on wasteful activities, and much has been said about how to reduce procrastination. Despite this, many of us still procrastinate! I think a lot of this has to […]

Scott Belsky on Organization, Promotion and Building Respect

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Brand You / General / Interviews / Resources

To start Red Lemon Club's new series of interviews with industry professionals and gurus, I'm very excited to invite Scott Belsky, CEO and founder of creative network and company Behance, for a discussion on the creative industry. Scott, who has been focused on working to understand how creatives can best organize themselves and their projects since the start of Behance, provides some fascinating insight into the origins of Behance and shares with us some useful […]

The Human Side to Online Self Promotion

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Brand You / General / Networking / Remarkability

There is no doubt that the internet has developed into an extremely useful tool for the purpose of self-promotion. Particularly with the introduction of social networking, the potential to engage with a range of people in similar industries to yours, not to mention to connect with new clients, has improved the effectiveness of many self-marketing strategies. In response to this, more and more of us are making use of the web's resources to win clients, […]