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”

AiF Comic - 2 - The Tools Don't Make The Artist

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…]

Having the Guts to Never Negotiate Your Freelance Rate

Never Negotiate Your Freelance RateWouldn’t it be great if every client paid exactly what your time was worth?

That’d be ideal, but in reality, most clients will arbitrarily ask for a lower cost for the sake of getting a discount.

If you asked me last year, “What would you do if a client’s ideal budget was 25% or even 10% less than what you quoted, would you still accept the project?” My response would probably have been, “Heck yeah! I’m a reasonable guy. I need the money this month, and the work would be great for my portfolio!”

But when you think about it – how professional do you look if you can be pushed over so easily?

What’s to say the client couldn’t take the reins on the entire design process? “Could you make this change?” “Can we start over – I don’t like this direction anymore?”

How does that underpaid project feel now? Pretty crappy, huh? I’m sure you’ve been in a similar position.

Client’s are alway looking for the best price, and yes, some will try to nickel and dime you. For those type of clients, you have to stick to your guns.

You want to only work with clients who give you the respect and professionalism you deserve.

What I’m about to share with you is a personal story where a client approached me for a new logo and tried to negotiate the cost down multiple times. But I stuck to my guns and landed the project at full cost! What’s important here is how I approached the situation, set expectations, and stayed professional.

This isn’t going to be a surefire way to land every project at full price—that’s just unrealistic. You won’t land every project, and you’ll have to be okay with that. Hopefully my story and the email samples I share here can serve as inspiration for you one day when you inevitably face this type of scenario. [Read more…]

Adventures In Freelancing Comic #1 “Freelance Isn’t Free”

Freelance Isn't Free - Comic by Brookes Eggleston

Our friend Lance is just starting out in freelance, and he’s still got… a lot to learn. It may seem like this sort of client behavior is unavoidable, especially when their mustaches appear so trustworthy, (trustaches, for the uninitiated) and you rush into a project before receiving payment.

Fortunately for us, Brent’s been freelancing a little bit longer, and has some advice ensuring this never happens to you:
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