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CREATIVITY + COMMERCE

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for creative freelancers

November 11, 2021

When I first started out in my career I thought would have to work for little to no money, build a portfolio and then one day I would be deemed “skilled” enough to make a living doing it. That’s bullshit. From the moment I started charging for my work, I was a professional. From the moment I started doing work for others, I was a professional. From the moment I registered my business – the world viewed me as a professional. So why didn’t I? Why did I decide I needed to earn an unclear number of stripes or have ....

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September 7, 2021

“If you want to know what God thinks about money, look at who he gives it to.” I cringed when I heard this phrase come out of the podcast host’s mouth. Did he realize the damage a phrase like that can have on someone’s psyche – especially someone who’s trying to earn money to make a living and a life for themselves? Let’s not even get into the fact that this person was the host of a well-respected podcast ‘helping’ creatives make a living from their work. Thousands of creatives may have nodded along to those words, never knowing the ....

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August 19, 2021

I blearily looked up at the time on my monitor and noticed it said 12:36am. Dammit. I did it again. I overbooked myself. There I was, trying to meet a deadline before I went camping with my family the next day (and wouldn’t have a stitch of internet for the whole weekend.) So I had to finish. I had to put my head down and work until I was done, because I had no other choice at the moment. And you know when this happened? Last week. No matter how much I teach about ways to prevent overbooking and how to ....

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May 27, 2021

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that smaller projects are easier to complete than bigger ones. Cue the eye rolling. Of course on the surface that seems true. But when we start to build businesses, or names for ourselves, or bodies of work – we mistakenly jump to big conclusions. We assume that in order for something to be worthwhile, it needs to be grandiose. I’ve learned the opposite is true. It’s more often the smaller things which have the biggest impacts. Not because they’re more focused. Not because they’re better at finding the magic kernel of an ....

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May 27, 2021

In the beginning there was Your Work and it was good. You had a desire to create, make and solve problems present in your world and Your Work made you feel satisfied. As you were solving problems, you ran into the idea that you could do this forever. That there was prosperity and success in doing what you loved to make a living. So entered Your Business. And it was good. Your Business promised security and a way for you to create and problem solve in a way that helped others. It offered a way to provide for your needs ....

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