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:
You don't have to be a psychologist to have heard of the Myers Briggs Personality Test. Developed in the 1940s and working off of Carl Jung's earlier discovery of personality types, this tool is widely used today to help people find careers that best suit their sensibilities.
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.
Solitude is often thought of as a lost art. For many, in this age of instant communication, being alone just isn't on the menu. Some people are afraid of what they will find if they let their mind go to a quiet place, while others simply don't know how to shut off their thoughts. Either way, finding some down-time is essential for the independent creative.
Many people hate to network. They don’t like going to events, trying to talk to people that they never met, and finding common interests. They feel uncomfortable trying to pass out their business cards to everyone that they meet. However, it is very important for business owners to network.
Whether you craft jewelry, words, or images, behind every good creative freelancer is a system designed to keep them productive over the long haul. Having a system establishes consistency, both for your income and your productivity as an artist and freelancer.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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...
Let's face it. Your website is a critical factor in your business success. The best websites are developed by professionals who understand the purpose of a website and use web design best practices to achieve the desired results. What are some of those best practices?
Many people think that personal creativity is separate from professional success. We tend to divide our lives into “work” and “play.” The proverb “Work while you work and play while you play” illustrates this manner of thinking.
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.
There has been an exciting trend for community based working environments for entrepreneurs, freelancers and independents. Professionals that have made the leap to work for themselves and go out and start a new thing have realized that just because they work for themselves doesn't mean they have to work by themselves.
More and more creative people are giving up salaried positions with big corporations to pursue careers as freelance professionals. Most creative work can be accomplished remotely and projects can be found through websites or networking so it is not necessary to have an employer in order to continue to work in the field you love.
We've all heard the stereotypes about creative geniuses that existed outside the bell curve. Vincent Van Gogh's famous ear incident, and Frida Kahlo's battle with depression are just the tips of the iceberg. Sometimes, it can seem like a creative person without an eccentric nature is the exception.
There are many exercises that you can do to increase productivity. These exercises force you to look at things in a different way. If you consider various ways of doing the same thing, you’re bound to come up with more efficient ways of completing your everyday tasks. Additionally, the process of experimentation itself wakes up your mind and forces you to concentrate better.
Studying the mind of the independent creative has baffled more than a few scientists over the years. While we now know that the old notion of left vs. right brain functioning is outdated, and that many neural networks are involved in processing imaginative thoughts, we are still not entirely sure of how creativity works in the brain.