Creative, Inc. The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business

ISBN-10: 0811871614

ISBN-13: 9780811871617

Edition: 2010

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As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives-illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more-how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business. Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 7/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Meg Mateo Ilasco is a designer, illustrator, and writer. A serial entrepreneur, she launched her first business in 1999 and is the author of several books on the topic, including Craft, Inc. , Creative, Inc. , and Mom, Inc. She is also the cofounder and creative director of home and lifestyle magazine Anthology . Meg lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Introduction to Creative Freelancing
What is Creative Freelancing?
Nine Qualities of a Successful Freelancer
Preparing for Freelancing
Freelance Earnings
Freelancing Fresh Out of School
Setting Up Shop
Picking a Freelance Name
Specializing vs. Generalizing
Where to Work?
Financing Your First Year
Studio Tools and Equipment
Also, Web & Interactive Design
Finding Vendors
Making It Official
Creating a Business Plan
Getting the Word Out
Establishing Your Brand
Welcome Exposure
The Portfolio
Your Web Site
Business Stationery
Getting a Leg Up on the Competition
Networking and Referrals
Virtual Networking
Ongoing Marketing Plans
Working with Clients
Client 101
Getting the Job
Weeding Out Bad Clients
Approaching the Project
Maintaining Communication
Unhappy Clients and Canceled Jobs
Boomerang Buyers
Licensing Your Work
Getting Paid
Putting a Price on Your Talent
Hourly Fee Formula
Calculating by the Project
Fee Negotiation
When and How to Increase Fees
Billing and Bookkeeping
Is an Agent Right for You?
The Benefits of Having an Agent
Finding an Agent
Working with an Agent
Ending an Agent Relationship
Balancing Your Business and Personal Lives
Goal Setting
Working Smart
Dealing with Creative Blocks
Me Time
Next Steps
Your First Year
Should You Call it Quits?
Should You Choose Growth?
Collaborating and Outsourcing
Hiring Staff
Offering Internships
Long-Term Success Strategies
The Future Awaits
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