All posts tagged: money

The Freezer

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Motivation / Personal Development / Productivity

The freezer. It’s a stretch of time. It’s a way of thinking. It’s a point on a path. Most are familiar with it; many are moving out of it, and a few have long since left. You’re in the freezer when you: Are reacting, rather than creating. Don’t believe you can make money doing work you love. Don’t move. Do work that bores you. Consume more than you produce Don’t have enough money to relax into […]

Why Motivated Creatives Think Like Andy Warhol

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Creativity / Inspiration / Productivity

“The minute you’re satisfied with where you are, you aren’t there anymore.” — Tony Gwynn A sustainable business is a growing business, not a static one. This might seem like a simple concept, but it is an idea that most business owners do not consider. To stand out, to continue to earn well, to stay motivated, and be noticed, you must focus on growth. Read More

Over 65 Ways to Make Money From Your Creative Skills

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Business / Money / Resources

I’ve spent most of my life devising wacky and occasionally reasonable schemes for making money. As an artist with an interest in business, I’ve often found myself wedged between the two seemingly alien worlds. Earning money from creative expression has always been a contentious issue because many think that money impinges on the integrity of the creative work. 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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Missing ‘Gap’ to Getting Rich With Your Creative Skills

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Money / Motivation / Promotion

For a lot of us, the idea of getting rich with our creative products and services doesn’t often, if ever, enter our minds. It seems hard enough as it is to find and get clients and customers, and keep a regular income coming in, let alone get wealthy from it. Riches and being creative are not two things that go in the same sentence, unless you are a sleaze-bag or make skulls out of diamonds. […]