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Business Guide for Artists and Designers

The perfect book to answer the most pressing questions about setting your creative freelance business: The Pocket Business Guide for Artists & Designers by Alison Branagan. The book gives 100 useful business tips, especially helpful for fresh graduates and those just starting their creative business journey. We love that it is divided into sections (business, promotions, legal stuff, money, and last thoughts) that are designed to walk you through what you need to know to achieve success. ...

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Say ‘No’ to Freelancing for Free

For some reason, people get confused by the ‘free’ in freelancing. Teamup Team Even after you’ve established yourself as a ‘freelance business’ some clients will ask you to do ‘spec work’, ’wireframes’, or ‘just a quick sketch’ for free. This type of client wants you to prove yourself before beginning a project. Does that sound reasonable? If you’re thinking yes, look at it this way: would you be asking for free appetizers before the main course at a restaurant? Of course not! So how should you respond? For your sake, and the sake of the freelance business community: say, ‘No, thank you.’ Why? Because a client like this who ‘doesn’t know if he/she will like your work’ and who ‘isn’t ready...

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Creative Live: Online Classes

For all creatives, and those who wish to be, we have a great resource for you. Whether you want to master your craft, pursue a passion, or learn something completely new, CreativeLive will help you do that. CreativeLive is a website that offers classes taught by famous industry leaders in Art & Design, Photo & Video, Craft & Making, Music & Audio, Money & Life. We love that it also has an ‘on-air’ category, where you can watch FREE online classes 24/7. Isn’t that awesome?! Imagine watching a class taught by your favorite designer! ...

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TEEM App: Small Business Management Tool

Every small business owner knows the struggle of keeping track of your business and creating the work that keeps it running. It’s hard! And if you’re a one-woman company? Difficulty x 5, because you’re not only the founder, you’re also the designer/ accountant/ marketer/ finance person…etc. It’s impossible! How can anyone manage? Don’t worry. We got you. Our tool will help you manage your finances, create custom proposals and contracts, with ease and efficiency, so you can focus on doing what you love. We know you’re a strong and independent BAWS, who doesn't need anyone, but it's okay to get assistance. We’re here to help! Go to https://www.teem-app.com/ for a free trial. ...

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Art Inc: book for professional artists

Who said you have to suffer to be an artist? To create emotional art? In some cases, maybe. To build a career doing what you love? Not at all.  Art, Inc: The essential guide for building your career as an artist, written by professional artist Lisa Congdon, is a practical guide that will help you earn a living by making art. The book talks about creating illustrations, licensing, pricing, selling art, teaching art, marketing your art, and so much more.  We love that it has a lot of advice from the successful artists in different fields. So, if you want to turn your passion into a profitable business, read this book! ...

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Finding Your Design Voice

As a designer, you are free to work as you please—your field gives you the rare opportunity to match your skills to your interests, and combine your talent with issues you care about. This sweet spot is where your design shines.Teamup Team Still, there are things you can do to find your design voice: Work with people/brands that interest you. Your passion will drive you to excel.Feel free to change your style and process, if you like. It’s perfectly okay!Experiment at every opportunity; (great designs demand bravery!)Master the fundamentals first to develop the tools you need to find your own style. (Picasso mastered classical art before he was famous for cubist art)Practice makes you better, and with that, your design voice will shine! So...

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Recommendation: “Company of One”: business book

Working on growing your business is great, but what’s more important is making your business better instead of bigger; quality over quantity. We recommend this book that will help you do just that. Company of One, by Paul Jarvis, is a guide that focuses on the idea that staying small and avoiding expansion can be more profitable and more enjoyable over time, and will make you feel more fulfilled as a business.  ...

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Grow Your Business in 2019

Failure is part of the process when starting a small business; there’s no avoiding it. However, as a business owner, you can get ahead by learning from others’ mistakes. How? By doing your research to set yourself up for success. And to help you succeed, we’ve done the research for you, and now present to you these tried and tested tips: Automate everything you can, from email replies to your business news, and stay true to yourself—keep people engaged and informed about your business. Grow your audience, by designing a good web page, offering promotions, and running ads to drive people to your business.Learn more about your customer, and record their information. Use demographics to target content and invest your customer service.Optimize...

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