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41 Creative Ways to Get People to Respond to You

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Networking / Promotion / Remarkability

I hate having to stay in touch with people. New people, especially, scare me. I’d much rather spend my time not meeting all that many people, creating, writing and eating Kit Kats. Most of us don’t want to be rejected or look weird in front of people. The truth is, however, that being bold and contacting people - new people and people you already know - will create opportunities. Read More

Is Promoting Your Art Desperate?

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Money / Networking / Promotion

Self promotion and marketing have a bad reputation. Drawing attention to ourselves, our art, and our brands feels like we're showing off or sends the message that we are desperate for work, love and attention. People construct zany narratives to accompany the idea of self promotion, such as the cheesy car salesman, or dodgy late night infomercials. These narratives are drilled into us often whether it be through the friends you talk to, your family […]

4 Key Things to Do to Gain Attention for Your Product When Nobody Knows You

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Networking / Productivity / Promotion

I was recently contacted by a designer who had just launched a new range of greetings cards. He wanted to tell the world about his new creations and start generating some sales, but only had a tiny audience to tell. With no one seeing his work, he has to put work into building the audience he needs and bringing attention to his new brand. This is why it’s so important to work on building a […]

How I Work with Top Clients and Gained Freedom by Building My Own ‘Village’

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Clients / Inspiration / Networking / Promotion

Becoming self-reliant needs to be one of - if not the biggest priority for everyone. Whether you are employed by someone else, run your own business, invest in other businesses, or work freelance, knowing what to do when you are on your own is vital. Self-reliance is freedom, and there are many things that contribute to your understanding of what is required of you to be totally free. Self-reliance does not mean living the life […]

The Best Way to Contact People for Generating New Paid Work

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Clients / Networking / Promotion

I regularly emphasise that the best thing you can do for your freelance business (or any business, really) is to regularly connect with relevant people. The more of this you do, the more you are ‘front of mind’ and in the thoughts of your prospects and people important to you. This is where a lot of your opportunities for work and projects will come from. These people can include prospective clients, but they can, and should, […]

How Opportunity Can Be Found Through Everyone You Know

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Business / Clients / Networking

If you are a freelancer, an entrepreneur, work for yourself or a salesperson of some kind, leads are likely the lifeblood of your business. Well, more specifically, cashflow is, but you can't get paid without bringing in leads. Leads are people who have demonstrated an interest in buying from you or hiring you in some form. In other words, leads are the embodiment of opportunities. Each and every person we reach out to, whether it […]

5 Steps To Stop Feeling Like an Imposter

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Brand You / Clients / Networking / Promotion

Editor's note: This is a guest post from bow-tie making entrepreneur and designer Tim Aton, who writes more good stuff, over here. I wonder if you're familiar with the term 'Imposter Syndrome?' It can wreak havoc on any designer’s self esteem. No matter what level you're at, no matter how many clients you have, at some point, every designer has asked the question: “am I the real deal?” or “am I worthy enough to call […]

Why Following Up Will Lead to More Opportunities In Your Life

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Business / Clients / Networking / Promotion

How important do you consider your network of contacts to be to your business? Whether you want to generate a new client project, ask for advice, make a sale or grow your network, your creative business relies on the effectiveness of the communications you make with people who you can serve, and those who stand to benefit you (money, advice, referrals, influence…). [Scroll to bottom for SoundCloud audio version, read by Alex]. For most of […]

How to Get Illustration Clients Course for Illustrators Launches

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Brand You / Business / Networking / Promotion / Selling

9 years in the making, I finally bring to you 'How to Get Illustration Clients'. This course comes in response to my own frustrations and failures, as well as the feedback I get from all of you regularly about struggling to bring in client work consistently, and even knowing where to start. The course does exactly what it says on the box. Build your business and work on projects you care about this year if you're […]

9 Things I’ve Learned from Sleazy Internet Marketing Tactics That Have Changed My Life

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Money / Networking / Promotion

I’ve always been fascinated by building and running businesses. Finding ways to generate money and to make an impact from one's own creative ideas and one's own hands, without working for someone else, have been a life-long interest. I first picked up the book: Starting an Online Business for Dummies when I was about sixteen in a bookshop in Denver, Colorado on a family holiday driving through the mountains. Since then, I’ve played with using the […]