Win a free copy of my new eBook: Contracts for Creatives!

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UPDATE: Congratulations to @joesteenholdt, @kevkern, and @Minus510 for winning a free eBook bundle! Hundreds entered to win and these three were lucky! Happily, for everyone else who entered, we’ve dropped the price so low, it’s almost a no-brainer. Click here to buy or peek inside here. ============= I’m getting super-excited because this week, we’re FINALLY releasing something many of you have been requesting for a LONG time: an ebook bundle all about working with contracts. The completely new, never-before-released ebook

How to make your home office a sanctuary (and never rent office space again!)

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When you’re stuck in a cubicle, all you can dream about is the freedom of working from home. Your own office, your own tools, your own decor…oh, it’s simply glorious! Then real life smacks you in the face: you’re distracted by a steady stream of interruptions, your backside hurts from sitting on your hard kitchen chair all day, and someone moved those notes that you absolutely must have for your client meeting. But before you justify the financial burden of

How to squash the dreaded ‘forever project’ and finally get paid!

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You know the “forever” projects I’m talking about – those that are three months behind schedule yet your client wants to see “just one more” color scheme or isn’t sure about the copy. When once you were thrilled about landing a great project, now you’re just hoping they’ll make up their minds and put money in your pocket. If you’re stuck in this nasty situation, follow these steps to find that light at the end of the tunnel (and then

8 Vital financial terms all freelance designers should know

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If you graduated from art school, a trade school, or even with a liberal arts degree, you know that they don’t teach you how to go into business for yourself. Suddenly, besides designing and dealing with clients, we’re thrust into this world of accounting, bookkeeping, and finances. After all, a business that doesn’t make money is just a hobby, and it doesn’t put food on the table. Unless you can afford an accountant, you learn about the financial side of

16 simple ways freelancers can stand out from the competition in 2013

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The new year is in full swing for most of us by now and I’m sure your inbox has been inundated, like mine has, with posts about new year’s predictions, resolutions, and the like. And that’s all fine and dandy. But today, I want to talk about 16 simple ways we as freelancers can stand out from our competition in 2013. I’m not asking you to set any goals. I’m not making an predictions. Some of this stuff would have

9 business terms all freelance designers must know to succeed

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Taking the plunge into freelancing is scary – we all know that. One of the reasons we’re so afraid is that we’re great designers but often know little about running a business (and that’s why many businesses fail). So to help you take your very first steps toward business prowess, I’ve compiled a list of business terms all freelance designers should know. After reading the list, leave a comment on this post and let me know which business terms I

Why your client always hates the first draft (and how to get it right the first time)

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I recently worked with a freelancer who was putting together a video for me. The deadline was tight, the project was important, and I was relying heavily on him getting it right the first time. But when the first draft came back a week or so later, I was pretty disappointed. It wasn’t at all what I was looking for. In fact, I started to worry if we would even get the project done on time because, in my mind,

4 Red flags you’re being hired by a control freak

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The last thing you want is to have a control freak hire you as a freelancer. To a freelancer, that’s like death. Of course you should always try to make your clients happy. And you should work with them to design a final project you can both be happy with. But there’s “working with” and there’s “being controlled by.” Am I right? You know the kind of person I’m talking about. You’ve worked with them before. Or at least, you’ve