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…]

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…]

Do you have what it takes to become a successful freelancer?

Do you have what it takes to become a successful freelancer
FAIR WARNING: What I’m about to share with you is harsh. I get real and I share actual numbers. Hopefully by stepping outside of my comfort zone, I can motivate and inspire you to have the right mindset to succeed at freelancing.

By the end of this post, you’ll walk away with a fresh perspective and a mindset that will fuel your desire to accomplish goals and succeed. [Read more…]

How to Generate Consistent Freelance Work Without Chasing After Clients

Stop Chasing After Clients to Find Freelance Work

Are you struggling to find clients consistently?

Let me guess: since you started freelancing, you’ve experimented with nearly every method of finding clients. You’ve poured hours into job sites, cold-emailing potential clients every day, walking into offices, passing out your business cards – you’ve tried it all at least once.

It’s hard work trying to make it on your own, and it takes a lot of hustle.

Word of mouth and cold-emailing may be the most effective methods of finding clients when you’re starting out, but they never guarantee work. If anything, it’s a lot of wasted time that leads to dead-ends or no replies.

What if rather than spending hours a day chasing after clients, they came to you?

Now that’s the dream. The good news?

It’s 100% possible for you to be in that position: to have clients come to you for work rather than chase after them.

How do I know this? Because I did it.

Today, I’m going to share my experience with you and how you can follow the same steps I took to transform your freelance business. Be open-minded and take action on what you’re about to read – for the sake of your freelance career. [Read more…]

How to Find the Time to Start a Freelance Business

How to Find the Time to Freelance

Doing what you love for a living is an appealing idea. But following your dream to freelance seems too good to be true, so you stick to what pays the bills. Sound familiar?

You do what needs done to get by, but does that mean you should shelve your passion?

Absolutely not.

Although it might seem impossible to find the time to make your passion your job, it’s 100% doable. It starts with your commitment and then figuring out the best way for you to carve out the time to make it happen. [Read more…]