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How This Freelance Illustrator’s Business Thrives On Great Client Relationships

Susan Szecsi is a freelance illustrator and designer living in California. A classically trained artist, Szecsi attended two prestigious private art schools in Europe and holds an MA in English Culture and Literature. Szecsi has been creating and selling art since her twenties and became a full-time freelancer illustrator and designer about 5 years ago. She has worked with Scholastic, Hunter House Publishers, Hodder Education Publishers and UCSF (University of California San Francisco) among many other notable businesses and institutions. Tell us about your design services and your clients. What’s your specialty or niche? I do a lot of...

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Freelance Portrait Photographer Describes His Start As A Photographer’s Assistant

Michael Oliver graduated from Saint Petersburg College with a major in Photographic Technology and works as a freelance portrait photographer. Oliver was born in Florida, but also grew up living in Trinidad and Tobago. In this interview, he offers some fascinating detail that other aspiring freelancers can learn from about paying dues in a less glamorous role. What freelance photography so you specialize in? I’m honestly still trying to put a finger on that part. I shoot weddings when they come my way. For now it’s safe to say that I call myself a freelance portrait photographer. For now...

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Get More Freelance Consulting Jobs By Saying “No”

It sounds counterintuitive, but the best way to win high quality clients and get more freelance consulting jobs may be to convince them not to work with you. This thought flips the general psychology of business owners on its head. Usually you talk to a prospective client about how awesome you are. You tell them about the amazing projects you’ve done and the problems you’ve solved for past clients. You do this all to make them believe that you are indeed the best freelance consultant to complete their project. Once they’ve heard how amazing you are, clearly you’ll be the choice...

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Freelance Finances: Manage Your Income Like A Thriving Artist

The unique issues that come up in managing freelance finances seem mysterious at first, but you can get a handle on them with a little bit of reading and expert advice. The great news: A wide array of information on freelance finances is available to gig economy professionals these days. We can find financial advice in everything from print media to blogs, from television to in-person seminars and from podcasts to live streams. The not-so-great news: Financial literacy information rarely addresses the tricky topic of freelance finances. The prevailing financial advice you’ll find out there is geared toward people with regular 9-to-5 jobs who are...

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5 Biggest Things You’re Forgetting in Your Freelance Rates

We recently discussed freelance rates that are based project pricing in light of the value you provide your clients and the various consultant pricing strategies you can use to get the best compensation out of your projects. In this post I want to talk about project pricing again, but from a different angle. In the sections below we’ll look at the factors most solos forget when they start setting their freelance rates. For most of us, we didn’t have to think about any of these nuances when we started our professional careers because our employers took care of them. Now that you’re the employer, you can’t afford to forget...

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