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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 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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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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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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Workshop

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 relentless passion of Simona De Leo

Despite having to find her way into a competitive industry, Simona kept going. Despite breaking three fingers in her dominant hand, Simona kept going. Despite not having a publisher, Simona kept going and made a successful Kickstarter campaign to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The romantic eye of Stefano Broli

Can't help it. Every time our editor comes across a fellow Italian on the platform, it's all "Ciao, bello!" and more stereotypical loud noises. But we know why. There's always a great story behind someone who was bold enough to move abroad and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Higher and higher with Grzegorz Magierowski

We have talked at length about ambition around these parts, but it's just one of those topics that never get old, come what may. Grzegorz Magierowski is a 3D artist born in Poland who discovered 3D when he was just 16. He is now working for some...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Fiery Focus of Nicola DeStefanis

Learn your craft, not the tool. This the main advice freelance 3D artist and motion designer Nicola Destefanis has for beginner artists. Our current tools are the result of years and years of evolution, but the tools will become obsolete -...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Learning Experimentation with Keir Siewert

In most industries we take a lot of the modern-day techniques for granted. What if we told you they all come from years and years of care-free experimentation? Video editor and filmmaker Keir Siewert believes today it is becoming increasingly harder...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Through the 3D Lenses of Manuel Ruberto

There is always something to learn from a 3D artist. Manuel Ruberto completed his MA in sculpture in Milan, only to then realise he didn't exactly want to spend the rest of his life making tombstones. The glorious days of marble Michelangelos may be...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Letting Our Demons Run with Leo Uehara

Sure, commercial work is great, but have you tried unplugging with some personal projects? It's too easy to get caught up in your daily life and in a loop of constant work for others, but freelance motion designer Leo Uehara believes it is important...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Toby Willsmer

The details in Toby Willsmer's beautiful illustrations are as fascinating as the countless career paths he's ventured into. From web design to being a scuba diving instructor, from illustration to running a music label, we have collected some of the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

David Feldman's Series of Fortunate Events

How do you fight Holocaust denial to deliver the truth to young people? How do you crack a fantastic campaign for Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events? And just how do you keep your mind fresh and open to an endless stream of new...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Bold Creativity of Anthony Birland

You know you've really found your place when you can't imagine doing anything else in life. It is the case of freelance multimedia artist Anthony Birland, who was bold enough to step into a design agency whilst still studying and ask what kind of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Freelance Collaborative Spirit of Adrian Ciobanu

Freelance graphic designer Adrian Ciobanu has been a professional in the industry for over 10 years. There's a lot of things you can learn in 10 years, but some others you can never forget. For Adrian, one of these is certainly the power and beauty...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Unstoppable Creative Drive of Sheryl Ellis

Sometimes ambition can only take you so far. It is with passion that you truly shine. Freelance design consultant and director Sheryl Ellis has plenty of passion to spare. Having worked with brands in the likes of MTV and HMV, her stories resonate...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Relentless Free Spirit of Clare Reeves

We don't often feature voice artists around these parts - but when we do, we make sure they are among the most inspiring creatives out there. There are a lot of misconceptions about performing arts, and freelance voice artist Clare Reeves knows them...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Mark Harfield's Long-Lasting Love for Art

Mark Harfield wants to be like Pierre Soulages, Al Hirshfeld or Jean-Jacques Sempé. He wants to keep loving art for the rest of his life, and work hard enough to keep creating in his twilight years - perhaps as he enjoys some nice travel across...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Pleasure in Small Things with Dmitry Pushkarev

Dmitry's story is one of jaw-drops, twists, turns and dreams. Born a soldier, grown a policeman, turned carpenter and then 3D modeller, we are fascinated by the range of experiences Dmitry has lived in his life and we are impatient to share them with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Alexandra Wong's Dreams of Pastel and Watercolour

Far too often you can hear of unsupportive parents, friends or tutors who don't believe in the same dreams as you do. Sometimes it's enough to hear the wrong sentence from the right person, and one might end up on a path they're bound to regret...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Member Spotlight: The Indisputable Rules of Art with Laszlo Ary

Laszlo Ary believes that rules are there for a reason, and all of his art exists to show as much. Careful composition, attention to the principles of art and crazy regard for details are all features of Laszlo's work, who moved from a simple passion...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Member Spotlight: Jilipollo and the Art of a Visual Storyteller

It just makes sense that Jilipollo (also known as Javier Medellin Puyou) is an excellent storyteller. You can tell that by the answer below: dragged by love in a country that was not his, trying to succeed as an illustrator but still not quite making...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Top 10 most exciting illustrators

Taking inspiration from the abstract, the surreal, the bold, the colourful and the iconic, this collection of the best illustrators around should provide some much-needed inspiration for those of you struggling with self-isolation. Who are the top...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns

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