The Easiest Way To Self-Promote Your Freelance Graphic Design Business

Self-Promoting Your Freelance Business

Getting your name out is the key to finding new client work and growing a following. But the first hurdle to climb over is figuring out how.

Where do you start? Do you need to spend money?

Although there are no “quick-tips” or set paths to getting your name out there, it’s not impossible. In this post I want to share with you the easiest, free way you can self-promote your freelance graphic design career and how to get your name out there. [Read more…]

Adventures In Freelancing Comic #4 “Professional Homebody”

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Working from home is every bit as awesome as it seems. No strife of a daily commute, no expense of unavoidable meals out, fuel, or rented office space. And perhaps best of all, all the comforts of your own, personalized office, maybe even shared with your significant other. I know for myself, spending about 80% of my working time in my home office this past year has been a dream come true.

Especially with winter coming on, though, there’s the inherent danger to have too much of a good thing, so here’s some simple productivity tips to keep in mind for the shut-ins, the introverts, and self-employed slipper wearers. [Read more…]

How to Find Your Creative Passion & Go All in on One Thing

Finding Your Creative Passion

Do you struggle with finding the kind of work you’re passionate about?

Right now you might take on client work, and it’s really anything you can get.

I’m sure you’ve heard about “niching down”, but how do you niche down on the right thing?

This is a very common situation to be in. It’s a struggle to first find what type of work you’re passionate about, but to then curate it to be the only work you’re accepting in your freelance business.

It’s scary to only offer one or two services as a freelancer. But it’s what you need to do to in order to grow.

If you want consistent work – work that you truly enjoy – then it’s time to find your creative passion and to go all in on one thing. [Read more…]

Adventures In Freelancing Comic #2 “The Tools Don’t Make The Artist”

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One of the most common questions asked of any artist, craftsman, or designer is curiously one of the most useless.

“What tablet do you use?”
“What kind of ___ is that?”
“What’s your favorite brand of pencil?”

Of course, this question can be asked innocently enough. It could even be coming from a desire for a recommendation they can trust.

A more misguided intention is the source of most of these inquiries, though: By obtaining ___, my ability will match theirs.

This mindset can be a serious pitfall, for a few reasons… [Read more…]