What it Means to be an Independent Creative

Thinking about ditching the day job for something much more exciting and flexible? Then being an independent creative may be just the thing for you. But before diving in, make sure you know what you need.

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Ten Steps to Creative Independence

I hosted a workshop at the 2010 Create Denver Expo on April 10, titled Ten Steps to Creative Independence. What makes some freelancers thrive, while others struggle? What are the traits that make creative independents succeed?

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Specialize and Thrive

When I started working as a self-employed designer, the services I offered read like a directory of all things creative: brochures, catalogs, logos, marketing materials, interactive, posters, packaging...

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Secret Life of the Freelance Professional

There are some little known facts about people who work as freelance professionals. Their work and schedule can be much different from someone who works a typical 9-5. To be a better freelance professional, consider these three secrets to optimize work and your personal life.

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Creative Collaboration Can Help Turn Your Initial Failures Into Eventual Success

All great business models involve high levels of innovation and creativity. Unfortunately, thinking outside the box always involves a certain level of risk. When you think creatively, you have a lot of exciting new ideas, but not all of them are going to work. Failure is part of the equation when it comes to innovation.

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Why Collaboration is Necessary for Creativity

Creativity begs for individuality. We love to get the credit for the work we produce, for the ideas that we have, for the stance that we take.

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Collaboration Helps Independent Creatives Learn from Success

People are always talking about learning from failure, but collaboration between independent creatives lets you wise up the easier way. Participating in a collective of freelance professionals gives you more opportunities to learn from success.

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Getting Paid as a Freelance Professional

If you're a freelance professional, chances are that you're preoccupied with thoughts of increasing your client base, managing your time, and exceeding the expectations of your current clients. Even during your leisure time (if you can even remember what that is) your thoughts bend toward finding ways to improve your business.

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Tips To Avoid Burnout As a Freelance Professional

It can be hard to be a freelance professional. You often spend days or weeks by yourself. You may find yourself with no one to talk to as you create your masterpieces and finish all of your multiple projects. Many business owners and freelance professionals burnout because of this. However, they can easily avoid it with the following tips:

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