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The difference between playing in the garage and playing in an arena is one of finding your audience. Sure, you can stay in your garage and have your mom tell you you're great, or you can get out in front of a crowd and find out what they like. On today's episode, Brent Weaver of uGurus.com explains how a creative freelancer can apply this insight …
 
The difference between a "freelancer" and a "consultant" is very fine. In many ways, it's just a shift in philosophy, but it can yield great dividends because clients view the two very differently. On today's episode, host Kyle Carpenter talks with Michael Zipursky of Consulting Success, who has been coaching agencies and solopreneurs to building t…
 
Working from home is the new reality, and with it comes a very, VERY sedentary lifestyle. Without having to leave your house to do anything, it's easy to fall out of fitness and into new health problems. Personal trainer Adam Bradley works with artists and creative workers one-on-one, offering personal consultations about how to keep in shape in wa…
 
Whether you're a designer, a programmer, an illustrator, or a writer, if you work for yourself you are on some level a project manager. It can be a full-time job keeping yourself in a full-time job, and chances are you're wasting time and losing money in ways you haven't even noticed yet. But don't worry - Marcel Petitpas of Parakeeto makes a livin…
 
For many of us, crowdfunding holds a certain magical allure. It's the silver bullet, the golden ticket, the decision that can change EVERYTHING... IF we can get it together to finally put together that dream project. For Nalin Chuapetcharasopon, crowdfunding is a part of every day. That's because she runs Crush Crowdfunding, a consultancy that help…
 
If you've ever written a detailed, thoughtful proposal only to have a client glance at it and reject it right away, you know that having to describe the work you do EVERY TIME you do it is exhausting. Kai Davis solved this problem by turning his services into products with set prices! In today's episode talks with Kyle about the advantages of this …
 
We're all going through A LOT right now, and it's not always easy to stay on track with your business, or even your creative practice. In this week's episode, host Kyle Carpenter speaks with illustrator and designer Ben Lee about what creative life looks like during the pandemic, and even what it means to be creative when the world is, you know, ba…
 
Alison Grade wrote The Freelance Bible because she saw her students develop skills in their field and then take their first, tentative steps towards running their own business... and not know what to do. At all. One of the key problems for new freelancers and anyone having to pivot because of COVID-19 is not recognizing that the SOFT skills they ha…
 
If you're in the habit of combing job postings, you might have come across your dream job, got excited, applied and then... didn't hear back. Nothing. Not one peep. Even though you know in your heart you were the perfect fit for that job, and it was perfect for you! The solution to this all too common experience isn't a "killer cover letter." It's …
 
You can be great at what you do, but if you can't convince your clients that you are, you're not going to get the jobs you want. That's why getting outstanding testimonials is so important to a freelance business! Testimonial consultant Meg Cumby joins Kyle to discuss the key to getting FANTASTIC testimonials from your clients. HINT: it involves pi…
 
It's easy to get bogged down in feelings of anxiety and sadness right now, which makes it a perfect time to look outside and see what you can do for others. That's freelance mentor extraordinaire Alison K's strategy, and she tells Kyle how she's been checking in on her clients for their sake and hers, and how she's using this as an opportunity to w…
 
COVID-19 has changed EVERYTHING, including the landscape of freelance work in the world. A team of Clients From Hell All Stars (host Kyle Carpenter, former host Bryce Bladon and site owner, Vernon Southward) meet to take stock of what it means to freelance now, how they're thinking about this new reality, offer actionable strategies for what you co…
 
We all want to change the world, don't we? We'd like to leave things better than they were without us, but it's so hard to work full-time and still have energy left for "causes." That is, of course, unless you make your causes your job. Michael Fraser of Grantcrafty started as a freelance grantwriter for non-profits and now runs a small business, s…
 
You have to suffer for your art. If you truly care about something, you'd do it for free. Great artists aren't recognized in their lifetimes. We've all heard these ideas, and internalized them to some extent. Duane Jones fights back against them with his clothing and lifestyle brand, Art Pays Me, reminding everyone that what you do, and who you are…
 
The great thing about remote work is you can travel while doing it. Of course, we all know we CAN, but how many of us actually pull up stakes and do it? Lynette Adams is a freelance writer and editor who recently wrote an article for The New York Times on housesitting, and how you can build a life for yourself trotting the globe. SPOILERS: it's a l…
 
Life is full of changes. One moment you can be a freelancer, the next you can be working full-time for one of the most exciting blockchain projects in the world, and then a freelancer again! ...Okay, that's pretty specific. But that's exactly the journey Bryce Bladon has taken over the last few years, and he joins old friend Kyle Carpenter to discu…
 
Making movies is hard. You need to be a combination director, camera person, sound designer, project manager and so much more. To do it successfully, you need to be disciplined with your time and your efforts. Wes Anthony of Firehouse Creative has been making film and video projects for a diverse set of clients for years now, and he chatted with ho…
 
It will, if we start taking the right steps NOW. Adam Roach and Anya Switzer started LANCE, a freelancing solutions network in Canada in order to start pushing back against the race to the bottom clients want for their freelance employees. They share with Kyle their assessment of the problems freelancers face today and will face tomorrow, how they'…
 
It's a familiar feeling. You overpromised a client on deliverables and got overwhelmed with work, or family stuff came up, or you hit a wall in the project that you just couldn't overcome. You put it off for a day, then two days, then a week... All of a sudden you're way overdue and you haven't talked to the client in that entire time. Clearly they…
 
It's the middle of winter, and a massive tree just crashed down on your house. What do you do? It happened to Cami Travis-Groves, and she knows she did exactly the right thing. She expressed gratitude that nobody was hurt and move on. She brings that attitude to her working life as a designer and as a coach for freelancers, and she shares her tips …
 
Do you have an assistant? Should you? Look at what you have to do today; how much of it is what you want your job to be, and how much of it is something you hate to do? What if you had someone who could do that stuff for you, so you could focus on being the designer/programmer/writer you always wanted to be? Melissa Smith is the founder of the Asso…
 
Balancing a passion for art and a talent for business isn't always the easiest, but it can be done. Just look at Julia Kelly, who turned a part-time job doing caricature art into a full-time business that paid her more than accounting work! In today's episode, she talks with Kyle about the lessons she learned in client management from doing caricat…
 
It's the 21st Century. Chances are you're feeling overwhelmed right now. If you are, listen to this interview with The Freelance Conference's Emily Leach to find her effective strategies for managing overwhelm! Even better, her tip isn't just "plan better." It's to reach out to people you love and keep human connections in the picture. Find out why…
 
Don't you just hate talking about money with clients? Either you're quoting WAY too low, or you're putting out a number that makes you feel like an imposter. Either way, talking budget is a source of incredible anxiety for most freelancers. Unless, of course, you're Ilise Benun. Ilise LOVES having the money conversation with clients, and that's bec…
 
Client relationships break down. It's a bummer, but it happens. But what causes it? Wes Jones has been a project manager both with agencies and as a freelancer to know that things deteriorate when communication isn't clear. That's why he wrote the Producer Playbook to help make sure that everyone on a project can be on the same page. On this week's…
 
It's rough out there these days. Sometimes, you have to make your own good. That's what Maddy Osman was thinking when she created a scholarship for freelancers on her own dime. Not as a way to promote her business, not to train up someone she could work with or profit off of - just to help someone in the way she felt she'd been helped. In this epis…
 
Freelancers everywhere experience the same problems. Deadbeat clients who won't pay their wages. Economic precarity. The knowledge that if you get sick, you might not be able to work enough to pay your bills. There are a lot of opportunities in freelancing, but there are also a lot of fears and dangers. Much of that danger comes from working alone …
 
Working freelance can be lonely. That was exactly what Julie Cortés found when she started her freelance copywriting business years ago - so she did something about it. She started what has become the bustling KC Freelance Exchange, a freelancer's network that she's taking national. Julie talks with Kyle about all the reasons you should get to know…
 
What does it take to create a successful business? Are there any tricks? Are people with great products dark sorcerers, or did they just get lucky? For nearly three years now, Joe Casabona has talked with people who have created successful products, finding out the secrets of getting a business off the ground on his podcast, "How I Built It." In th…
 
We hear constantly that we should "be ourselves" and "be authentic." The only problem is when most people tell us that, they're telling us to be the person they think we are. But that's not what it means to be yourself. Rachel Presser of Sonic Toad Media couldn't be mistaken for anyone but herself. She makes games and she loves toads, and any encou…
 
Running your own business or freelancing means juggling everything in your life at all times. The hustle is hard, but it gets exponentially harder when you're a parent - especially when you work at home. Mike Tanner began One Red Cat Media when he was a new parent, and that business has grown alongside his children. In this episode, he shares his s…
 
Are you constantly exhausted? Do you find yourself staring at the computer screen struggling to finish projects that should be easy? Burnout happens when you overcommit, and when you don't keep track of the time you're spending. In today's episode, Glenn Rogers of Float shares his tips on why it's so important to recognize your limits and keep trac…
 
Content strategy is key for establishing your authority in the market. If your clients know you're the expert on what you do, they'll be happy to pay you to solve their problems. But how do you establish yourself as an "expert"? That's where Michael Greenberg comes in. His agency Call For Content specializes in using podcasts to create a strong cli…
 
When pitching your work, most creative freelancers sell their skills or their services. However, the key to landing big clients is to show that you're an indispensable part of their team by selling strategy. Anabelle King realized this over years of working at agencies, and now she lands big clients with her boutique branding business I Like Storyt…
 
The key to success in freelancing is realizing how to find the right clients - the people who are not only great to work with, but actually have money to pay you. Alison Knott is a web consultant who mentors creatives, and she knows all the mistakes that freelancers make: targeting the wrong clients, the wrong platforms, the wrong rewards. In this …
 
Value-based pricing is the holy grail of freelancing. It's how you make a lot of money by showing your clients that you can give them results. It's also not easy to make the switch to this pricing structure! Returning guest Ami Sanyal shares his DREAM framework for getting clients on board with paying you more! Ami walks you through: Discovery Repe…
 
What's keeping YOU from being creative? Discipline? Scheduling? Good old fashioned "writer's block"? Todd Brison has made a name for himself by tackling these problems head-on and discovering how to make the most of your muse. In his extremely popular posts on Medium and his two amazing books The Unstoppable Creative and The Creative's Curse, he br…
 
If you want to succeed as a freelancer, you can't compete for scraps. That's the message that Kaylee White of Kaylee Writes puts forth in her new book, How Not to Be Just Another Freelancer, but how do you find the GOOD clients that will push you and your business into the next level? Kaylee talks with Kyle about what it means to step away from the…
 
Stephen Warley of Life Skills That Matter believes that the key to being happy and successful is knowing yourself. Unfortunately, self-reflection is typically the LAST thing on most of our to-do lists! On today's episode, Stephen talks to Kyle about how the best business skills you can develop as an independent worker are life skills, and how to ma…
 
At her company Louder Than Ten, Rachel Gertz teaches people how to manage projects; that means getting people on board, on task, and on message in a hurry. She firmly believes that there is no such thing as a client from hell for one very simple and surprising reason she shares in the episode! Looking for a lift? Rachel is endlessly upbeat and posi…
 
It's 2019 and that means you've at least thought about having a New Year's resolution! How does working more efficiently and freeing up two of your hours a day strike you? Josh Hoffman is a productivity expert who talks Kyle through his daily routine, offering tips on how to maximize productivity both at work and in play! Learn how to plan vertical…
 
Today's episode is with none other than Vernon Southward, the owner and operator of (gasp!) Clients From Hell itself! Kyle tries not to offend his boss as they chat about Vernon's beginnings as a freelancer and the path that led him to acquiring and building Clients From Hell, as well as directions the site will take in the coming years! Vernon is …
 
As a freelancer, life comes at you fast; that's why it's a good idea to create a product to generate a passive income stream for those little unexpected changes. Kyle talks with designer Alanna Munro about how she created her typeface, Tofino Pro, during one of the bigger life events you can have! Today's links: https://alannamunro.com/ https://ala…
 
Whew! It's been a bit. We're back with the return of Ami Sanyal, a freelance photographer who recently upgraded his business to a full marketing and branding agency. This week, Kyle chats with Ami about how he's developed his business over the past ten years, outlining the decisions that brought him to a successful career today, and the key strateg…
 
Matt Inglot's Tilted Pixel is a thriving web design business that Matt runs all by himself. That wasn't always the case - he used to run a small agency that took WAY too much of his time until he figured out how to make more money with less work. Matt shares his strategy in this episode, telling you how to shift your efforts to securing clients tha…
 
The Freelancer's Union is a non-profit that is dedicated to advocating for freelancers and solopreneurs everywhere, and Caitlin Pearce is its new executive director. She joins Kyle on todays episode to talk about the issues facing freelancers today, why so many people love to be their own bosses, and what we can do to make sure that the industry re…
 
Heidi Weinberg, AKA Sew Heidi, loves what she does. She's built a career as a freelance fashion designer, imagining and then making clothes that people LOVE to wear. However, she is also aware that there is a dark side to this industry, and this week she talks about the difference between freelancing and temping, how clients can take advantage of y…
 
Plants are easy to take care of. If you feed them the right things and give them the right amount of water, they absolutely will grow and thrive. People, and by extension businesses, can be more tricky. Agricultural consultant Sarah Taber (and host of Farm to Taber!) is great with plants, but she's also learning how to be great with people too. She…
 
Working for yourself presents a number of rewards but it also presents hurdles. Jeanne Yocum's new book, The Self Employment Survival Guide draws on her thirty years of experience working for herself and lays down the rules you need to live by if you're going to make it on your own - including when you need to cut that client out of your life! Toda…
 
Today's guest Olga Mizrahi is a designer, a career keynote speaker, and recently, an expert and published author on the gig economy! The gig economy is absolutely the future, and while it represents enormous possibilities, there are also dangers. Olga chats with Kyle about what you need to do to be competitive in the gig economy, how to stand out a…
 
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