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Advice

Why I moved from agency to freelancing

Becoming a freelance designer (or any kind of freelance) is not an easy decision to make. It’s pretty tough actually. You give up on things like having a fixed salary, paid vacations and stability in your financial life that some people love. But...

Posted by: Fernando Ifran
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Features

Freelancing in the Creative World

More and more young professionals are going freelance with numbers of graduates increasing and job security after university looking less and less likely. Many new graduates cite control and flexibility as reasons for choosing a path in freelancing...

Posted by: Boox
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Advice

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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Features

Do you love what you do?

by Ashley Morrison. And do you do what you love? OR do you now HATE what you USED TO love? If it's the latter, is that because it's now your job - and, because you do it day in, day out, it's taken all the love away? I put out this question out in...

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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Features

Fancy a break, freelancers? Become an employee again

In April of this year, I quit my part-time job of 15 years (almost to the day). Until then, two days a week, I was one of a number of pairs of hands… (ugh! What an ugly way of putting it! But I’m leaving it in because there’s...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Inspiration

At last, somebody has created the perfect copywriter's website.

Think back about fifteen years or so, and you'll probably see yourself slowly (very slowly) browsing the internet on your dial-up connection, looking at websites and thinking 'I've gotta get myself one of those'. If you're a designer or art director,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Freelancers, stop ignoring customer retention!

Most freelancers think that 'customer retention' and 'brand loyalty' are just terms that get thrown around by marketers and don't apply to them. But no matter how small the business in question may be, customer retention is always relevant. In fact,...

Posted by: Copywriting Is Art
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Features

Home is where the heart is. And the work. And everything else.

If I started a blog by telling you that I was thinking about buying a treadmill, you may well click away in anticipated boredom. But the fact remains, I’m seriously considering buying a treadmill. There, I said it. So what? Well, quite. Of...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Advice

Touchy feely: when you're a freelance, it's all about THEM

If you’re a freelancer who’s got a steady stream of work coming your way - either from the same loyal clients who know you and trust you, or from referrals from said loyal clients, or you’re very good at selling yourself and you...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Mayday, May Day! Crack open the Champers!

I didn't wake up this morning thinking, “oooh, today is a significant day.” Nor do I have a beer-fuelled celebration planned for this afternoon in the balmy bank holiday sunshine - or even a rosé-fuelled celebration planned for later...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

How to... Work from home effectively

by Ashley Morrison. One of the perks of being a freelancer is the ability to work from home. I love it. No arduous daily commute (and related expenses, obviously), no noisy work colleagues, and seriously good coffee on tap when I want it. But in...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Ten reasons to quit your job.

by Ashley Morrison. There are many reasons why, according to a recent poll by Forbes, 74% of people would consider changing jobs. One would like to think that this is just because they want to move onwards and upwards in pursuit of an ever-more...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

We're all writers now. How recession damages copywriting.

There are many signs that something is going wrong. The scarcity of invitations to join the staff of a particular agency; the lack of requests to pencil out dates in your diary and the distant memory of those top-dollar, overnight emergency...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Illustration and Digital Illustration

From our 25th October Newsletter comes a grest selection of Creativepool freelancers. Krishna Malla Illustrator, Animation Artist, Creative Artworker "I am a strong, motivated, creative director and illustrator who currently lives in...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Suck it up! The harsh side of freelancing

I know a lot of freelancers and, by contrast with their permanently employed counterparts, I would say almost all of them are happy. I’m a freelancer too, and it would take a lot for me to go back to permanent employment now. And I don’t...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Advice

Online resources for better freelancing

Is it a good time to be a freelancer working at creative agencies at the moment? It's a question that seems to get very varied responses as everyone's situation is different, and the availability of work is spread unevenly across the disciplines this...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Freelance

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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Inspiration

Spotlight: Photographer Nigel Harniman on 30 years of shooting cars

“I’ve been freelancing since 1989 and have shot globally for most automotive brands from Rolls Royce to Renault, Bentley to Buick, Cadillac to Kia,” says Nigel Harniman, reflecting on 30 years of photography. “More recently,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Spotlight: X-Wing marks the spot in James Birks film art

A quick glance at freelance illustrator and graphic designer James Birks' portfolio will tell you he’s a film fan. Some of the pieces inspired by Hollywood movies include iconic imagery from the likes of Star Wars, Robocop and Leon in the form...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

How to hire a creative

When recruiting Graphic Designers, Web Developers and other Creatives, not everybody understands exactly what they should be looking for and how to go about it. As one of the UK’s top creative recruitment agencies, Brand Recruitment have put...

Posted by: Brand Recruitment
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Careers

Why a portfolio is a must for creative jobs

Portfolios, love them or hate them, they’re almost always an essential when applying for creative and design jobs. A portfolio is supposed to hold a selection of a designer’s best work, yet we have found that often they are either full of...

Posted by: Brand Recruitment
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Sonic Union NYC-based audio studio Sonic Union announces the addition of composer/experiential sound designer/mixer Rob Ballingall. Working out of both its Bryant Park and Union Square locations, Rob offers his talents in music and audio post, with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Framestore Framestore has announced the promotion of Grant Walker and Ahmed Gharraph to Joint Heads of CG in London. The two will sit alongside Ross Burgess, Head of Animation, in the leadership of the creative studio’s highly successful...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Raconteur A women-led tour de force is in full swing, as Marissa Puget and Olia Ougrik take the mantle of ownership of Raconteur, the Los Angeles and Paris-based consultancy known for their creative storytelling approach to publicity, marketing, and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

CHI&Partners Joining CHI&Partners this week are the talented creative team of Jo Griffin and Tom Dixon, who are coming to the agency after three years at rival London shop WCRS. As the team responsible for the multi-award winning campaign...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

M&C Saatchi M&C Saatchi has appointed Kate Bosomworth as its new Chief Marketing Officer, marking the first appointment to the management team by Giles Hedger, CEO at M&C Saatchi. Appointed to the Board of Sport England in 2013, Bosomworth has been...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advice

The Most Important Soft Skills Freelancers Need to Develop

You’re an expert in your respective field and you’re confident that a stellar freelance career lies ahead of you. I know the feeling because I’ve been there. Freelancing gives you a lot of freedom and hope in the very beginning. While this is...

Posted by: Laura Buckler
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

McCann London McCann London has hired the dynamic creative team behind the multi award-winning Freedom Brewery campaign; Will Cottam and James Crosby. Joining from CHI & Partners, where they spent 4.5 years, Cottam and Crosby produced work for Lexus...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

The&Partnership The&Partnership has appointed Andre Moreira, formerly a Global Creative Director at Havas, to lead the creative output of its pan-European network for Toyota. Joining as Executive Creative Director - Team Toyota at The&Partnership,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Double Concentrate Double Concentrate, the Newcastle-based digital creative agency, has scored a hat-trick of new hires after adding industry veteran Gareth Howells to its team as part of an appointment triple. Howells was one of the founders of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Leo Burnett London Leo Burnett London has appointed Daniel Evans as Creative Director to bolster its creative output. Evans, a digitally-led creative who has built a strong reputation across all disciplines, joins from We Are Social, where he was...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Events

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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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

JJ Creative Integrated marketing agency JJ Creative has recruited two highly established creatives, with over 40 years of combined industry experience, to add to their growing team. Rick Gillham and Kat Wild join the Oxfordshire-based JJ, whose...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

iris Amsterdam iris is investing in its senior creative leadership in Amsterdam, by appointing Kenn MacRae to the newly formed role of Executive Creative Director. Across his 20-year career in advertising, Kenn has held Creative Director positions...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Trailblazers: Finding courage with Studio Mut

Based in South Tyrol, a very curious area of Northern Italy located right next to the country’s border with Austria, where the majority of residents speak German despite their Italian nationality, Studio Mut is used to looking at the world a little...

Posted by: Kate Lewin

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