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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Tips To Be a Successful Freelance Professional

Many people would love to be a successful freelance professional. They dream of a day where they can leave their boring (or highly stressful) job behind and work from home or in a location of their choosing.

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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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Could You Make It as a Design Entrepreneur?

So you may be wondering; could you really make it as a design entrepreneur? Making it as an interior designer, graphic artist, or anyone who does design work is tough. Are there tips or tricks that can make things easy?

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Let’s Talk About The True Meaning of “Freelance Professional”

Freelance professional. What a glossy, adventurous title. So many people in today's day and age sit in their cubicles, clock in at 9, punch out at 5, and dream of one day running their own business. So many dream of being freed from the restrictions of the traditional office job and having their own schedule.

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Time Management Issues for Creative Freelancers

You never think as much about your time and productivity on the job as you do when you are working for yourself. When you have a salaried job it may be easy to not worry about which tasks take up the majority of your time and what your biggest distractions are.

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Freelancing is not a Dirty Word

Freelance. The word conjures a dichotomy of examples. On one hand you have the pajama-wearing, bed-headed, self-employed worker bee, spilling milky cereal on their netbook while sitting on the couch. On the other hand, you have the dedicated professional, full of confidence, giddy with the thought of never sitting through rush-hour traffic every day, fiercely independent. The former is usually envisioned by those unfamiliar with self-employment. The latter is enjoyed by those who thrive as independent freelance professionals.

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Five Ways To Nurture Your Independent And Creative Side

Being a small business owner is time consuming. When you are working for yourself, there is no one else to call when something needs fixing. And in some ways, that's where the magic lies.

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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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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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The Four Essential Inputs of the Consistently Creative (and Productive) Freelancer

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.

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Why I No Longer Charge By The Hour

When deciding on how to approach pricing for your business' services, you have a lot of decisions to consider. One of the most important factors is determining your hourly rate. Once that's accomplished, you'll have to think about how you estimate prices to clients. Do you charge by the project? Or, do you calculate price based on the number of hours required to accomplish the task?

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Charge More to Work Less

As I’ve proceeded down the path of being an independent creative, one thing has become readily apparent: increasing my rates has led to better projects and better clients. In addition to better projects and better clients, I’ve found that I actually work less. Sure, per-project hours tend to be more, but the actual number of hours I’m working per week has decreased.

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Is Design Entrepreneur An Oxymoron?

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.

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Why Having Passions Outside of Work is Healthy for the Freelance Professional

Too many people make the mistake of believing that the mark of a successful entrepreneur is becoming a workaholic. But that simply isn’t the case.

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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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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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