All posts tagged: advice

How to Live with Purpose, Even if You Don’t Have a Clue

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Inspiration / Motivation / Personal Development

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Dostoyevsky If I were to ask you to define your purpose in one sentence, could you? Congratulations if you can. You are in the minority. Most of us understand that living a fulfilled life requires this mysterious quality of having purpose. Read More

How a Death Metal Rocker Built a World Renowned Graphic Design Company

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Brand You / Inspiration / Interviews

Radim Malinic is a good friend of mine who consistently amazes me with his ability to produce things of true quality. I suppose this is less of a surprise when you consider that his main philosophy is to focus on quality work, no matter who you're working for. Just looking through these images demonstrates his eye for colour, structure, strong design, and great presentation. His graphic design business Brand Nu was built from scratch, and now […]

Notes on How to Price Your Work Like a Hero

Business / Freelancing / Money

I often get asked about how to best price one’s freelance work when working with clients. How much should you charge? Where do you start? How do you charge at a level that means you keep a client interested, maximise the amount of money you get for your planned (or finished) work, while retaining your self-respect? [For SoundCloud audio of this post scroll to the bottom and listen.] Read More

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 […]

11 Ways I’ve Made Money in the Last 8 Years, From Illustrator to Consultant

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Business / Money

Editor's note: This article refers to earnings that accrued 8 years prior to the date the post was written. You’ll hear me talk a lot about the importance of earning money and driving revenue as a priority over all else. Too many of us scoot around the importance of a strong, humming cash flow, instead placing more emphasis on things like pursuing passion; dreams, and ‘doing what you love’. These are all important, but you will […]

9 Things I Would Tell My 17 Year-Old Self

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Brand You / Inspiration / Money / Motivation / Productivity

You’ve probably seen one or two blog articles in the ether with a similar title. This one will be different. It has been written based purely on my own experiences. It is unlike anything out there because only I have things I want to tell my 17 year-old self based on my own unique experiences. When I was 17 (I’m 30 now), I was getting ready to graduate from a prestigious boarding school in England. […]

How to Dominate Your Market and Win as a Creative Freelancer in this Slow Economy

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Business / Motivation / Productivity / Selling / Taking Action

The message we’re getting about the global economic situation via the media is clear: it ain’t great. And it does not look set to improve any time soon. Particularly for the masses. The self employed, and small to medium businesses look set to struggle for the most part for a long time to come. For the most part. Read More