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How much should I charge as a freelancer?

So you’ve decided you want to go freelance. Congratulations! Choosing the freelance life is a huge decision and I’m sure you didn’t take it lightly. Of course, autonomy and independence comes at a certain price; and that price, you...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Managing your finances

Okay, so this is a tough one for most people to be honest, but as a freelancer, this is very important. You don’t know when your next paycheque is coming in and have to do your own accounts. When you set up as a freelancer, you have three...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Networking

Networking is separate to finding clients because it’s not really about getting work, but meeting people. I know personally how hard this can be, being an awkward dude with a shit ton of anxiety. Talking to strangers is tough, but you’ll...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Returning clients

80% of your work comes from 20% of your clients. Returning clients are what will keep you in business and constantly working. So, be sure to keep good relationships with the people you have previously worked with so your phone is always...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Invoicing

Okay, so now the job is done, it’s time to invoice and get that money! Although you might think this is the easy part, sadly it’s not always the case. Staying on top of payments is important in making sure you get paid, on time, and...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Guide: Being on the job

I wasn’t too sure whether to make this an article or not. But, I’ve learnt the importance of having a professional attitude to your work and relationship with your clients. This can be as simple as emails! No slang or abbreviations...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Guide: How to find clients

Finding clients, or ‘new business’ is tough. They are often like buses, you wait ages for one, then all of a sudden two or three arrive at once. This is evident more so for creatives, as we are not very tuned to the business side of...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Setting your rate

So, this is a tough one and something I've struggled with for years. There are a few different ways of applying a fee for your services. You can set a day rate, which is most common, basically saying how much you want to charge a day, and then times...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Making a clean and simple résumé

This is a tough one, as for the longest time I didn’t believe in having a résumé as a designer. I still kind of believe that, as I think you should only really judge a designers work based on their portfolio. However, as I got more...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Creating an eye-catching portfolio

You need a strong online portfolio to be able to make a good impression on prospective clients. Many designers I meet have weak portfolios and wonder why they don’t find work. Your portfolio showcases you as a designer, your skills and...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Understanding your role as a freelancer

I'm Hashmukh and I’ve been a freelancer since 2013. I’m a motion designer and 3D illustrator working in advertising. I’ve had the privilege to work with a range of clients and brands, big and small. Born and bred in east London,...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Workshop

How To Become A Creative Freelancer

Are you interested in becoming a freelancer in the creative field? Freelance work is not for everyone but if you're looking to make extra money on the side or take on running your own business full time, hopefully this will get you started with what...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Industry

The Freelancer Event of the Year: National Freelancers Day 2017

June 8th is going to be a big day in everyone’s calendars, but for freelancers in particular. That’s because it’s not just the general election, it’s also National Freelancers Day! So book your tickets, drop off your ballots...

Posted by: IPSE
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Workshop

From Freelancer to Business Owner: How do you get there?

We’ve advised and helped many candidates make the switch from a permanent position to freelance when the right thing has come along and vice versa. We’ve previously shared some first hand advice for both, the switch from freelance to...

Posted by: ADLIB
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How to find work as a freelancer

One of the most important things you’ll ever learn as a freelancer is that you’re never unemployed, you’re self-employed. You provide a service which means you’re a business and you work for that business. Like any business, you won’t get...

Posted by: Boox
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Workshop

Opinions - Who cares what you think, Mr. Freelancer?

by Ashley Morrison There are a great many perks to being a freelancer (if you’re regularly employed, obviously). A lot of variety, regular change of scene if you work on site for multiple clients, working days to suit your personal schedule,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Lessons from a freelancer

I was a human rights worker, specialising in gender and conflict in West Africa, when my first book was published. The freelance life appealed to my sense of adventure, so I tendered in my resignation. Here, in no particular order, are the lessons...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

The four things you need to be a successful freelancer

At some stage in your creative career you will reach a point when you pass beyond the world of corporate employment. For some people, the desire to 'do your own thing' happens early on, while others need longer before they feel they can cut it in...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

The illustrator who gave a hand to Absolut - #AnnualSpotlight

As part of our series shining a spotlight on some of our favourite Creativepool Annual winners of the last few years, today we’re looking at Italian illustrator and graphic designer Oscar Cauda. Born in 1990 in Pinerolo, near Turin, where he...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Behind the veil of a visionary artist - #MemberSpotlight

Anyone could lose themselves looking at the incredibly visionary and hypnotic work of Silas Toball. What you can see below is but a small fragment of Silas's production, an impressive body of work with explosions of colours, incredible details, and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a Freelance Writer?

A guide to writing rates, with tips and advice on how to price your freelance services Writers are masters of words, weavers of stories and often incredible storytelling enthusiasts. When writing freelance and online, structure is their best friend,...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The multicolour travels of an Art Director - #MemberSpotlight

From Cape Town to London, Illustrator & Art Director Justin Poulter has never given up on his ambitions and dreams of becoming an established artist in the creative industry. Some designers find inspiration by being exposed to a number of creative...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

From Russia with Heart, Soul and Ambition - #MemberSpotlight

Freelance Illustrator Anna Lyubimova certainly knows what it means to find your own way in a crowded industry. Born and raised in a country where creativity is still somewhat undervalued, Anna found her place as an illustrator with an amazing style,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a Freelance Animator?

A guide to animation rates, with tips and advice from an experienced professional in the industry Animators are extremely fascinating professionals, often with a broad skillset and a full range of incredible ideas. They work with static images to...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

From Bogotá to London with creativity and resilience - #MemberSpotlight

Karen Burbano tries to find inspiration everywhere around her, especially in the stories of other successful graphic designers and artists from all around the world. A talented art director and designer, Karen has been living in London since 2015,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The adaptability and reinvention of a talented retoucher - #MemberSpotlight

Determination or not, sometimes it takes just sheer luck to find your path in life. That's pretty much the story of Sasa Mihajlovic, an expert Serbian-born retoucher also working as Artem Retouching. Sasa is a master of setting the mood and tone for...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a Freelance Graphic Designer?

A guide to graphic design rates, with tips and advice from select professionals in the industry Graphic Designers are masters of design. Comfortable with a number of different mediums and often possessing a large skillset, Graphic Designers can...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Exploring the Art of 3D Realism - #MemberSpotlight

There surely are some stunningly talented artists out there. 3D and VFX Artist Daniel Magyar is without a doubt one of them. A fan of 3D realism and clearly a skilled creative professional, Daniel has been playing around with 3D software since his...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Why are creatives more vulnerable to mental health issues?

Years after finishing my studies, I find myself still thinking about all the amazing figures and inspiring creatives I studied for Italian Literature. From Petrarca to Dante, Foscolo and Leopardi, most of my childhood and teenage years were spent...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Exploring the crazy colourful style(s) of Scott Balmer - #MemberSpotlight

Mesmerising. That's the first word that comes to mind when you look at some of Scott Balmer's impressive illustration works. The man is clearly a skilled illustrator and an extremely artistic one at that, which is quite clear when you look at his...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Diversity in the industry is still a problem

So the industry isn’t diverse enough. Big surprise, huh? You’ve heard it a lot in the past year, that we’re still “a long way ahead” of where we should be in terms of inclusion for underrepresented talent. Diversity in...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Following the flow of creativity - #MemberSpotlight

If there is one kind of creative professionals out there who could talk endlessly about flow, that is the pros in production. Filmmakers like David Cerqueiro focus entire careers about the beauty of flowing images, and that's what makes their style...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

5 healthy freelance habits to keep even after the pandemic

Freelancers had an interesting year. Alongside events and production, the freelance industry was the most hit and the one that took some of the hardest blows - especially when certain governments started to ignore their needs. With the wave of...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

From university to freelancing? No problem! - #MemberSpotlight

Clearly, an extensive experience doesn't automatically suggest talent. How many stories have you heard of 'bland' seasoned professionals? On the other hand, you can sometimes get the occasional Harry Whatrup rising from the other end of the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

10 ways to fend off freelance loneliness in 2021

Happy new year, freelancers! Surely 2020 has been an interesting one for all of you, in both good and bad ways. After an initial discouraging time of radio silence and cancelled projects, it seems that some clients are finally starting to come back,...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo

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