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Jun 12, 2018

Matt Inglot's Tilted Pixel is a thriving web design business that Matt runs all by himself. That wasn't always the case - he used to run a small agency that took WAY too much of his time until he figured out how to make more money with less work.

Matt shares his strategy in this episode, telling you how to shift your efforts to securing clients that will keep you in steady income with less work. After all, if you're spending less time doing outreach, you have more time to make money!

This is a really useful talk! Definitely check it out. 

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May 23, 2018

 

The Freelancer's Union is a non-profit that is dedicated to advocating for freelancers and solopreneurs everywhere, and Caitlin Pearce is its new executive director. She joins Kyle on todays episode to talk about the issues facing freelancers today, why so many people love to be their own bosses, and what we can do to make sure that the industry remains viable well into the future. 

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Want to support the show?

This episode is brought to you by Easel.ly, an infographic design service that transforms raw data into clear, interesting images. You can see their work on Clients From Hell

Think you'd be a great fit for the show? Let me know at twitter.com/KCarCFH

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

May 8, 2018

 

Heidi Weinberg, AKA Sew Heidi, loves what she does. She's built a career as a freelance fashion designer, imagining and then making clothes that people LOVE to wear. 

However, she is also aware that there is a dark side to this industry, and this week she talks about the difference between freelancing and temping, how clients can take advantage of you when they know you're following your dream job, the gendered aspects of the fashion industry and how to ensure that you make what you're worth. 

Want to read Heidi's new book, The Ultimate Guide to Being a Freelance Fashion Designer for absolutely free? Head to sfdnetwork.com/hell for a free copy and a few other goodies that are useful for ALL freelancers!

Note: The Clients From Hell podcast has a new theme song: "You Are Little Scientists (Love, Oprah)" courtesy of the band Top Men. They are a band for loving. Check them out

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Want to support the show?

This episode is brought to you by Easel.ly, an infographic design service that transforms raw data into clear, interesting images. You can see their work on Clients From Hell

Think you'd be a great fit for the show? Let me know at twitter.com/KCarCFH

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Apr 24, 2018

Plants are easy to take care of. If you feed them the right things and give them the right amount of water, they absolutely will grow and thrive. People, and by extension businesses, can be more tricky. 

Agricultural consultant Sarah Taber (and host of Farm to Taber!) is great with plants, but she's also learning how to be great with people too.  She talks to Kyle about why freelancing means paying attention to your clients and working with their emotional investments (even if you'd rather be doing anything else). 

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Want to support the show?

This episode is brought to you by Easel.ly, an infographic design service that transforms raw data into clear, interesting images. You can see their work on Clients From Hell

Want to get a shoutout for your services on the podcast? Get in touch: contact@clientsfromhell.net

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Apr 10, 2018

Working for yourself presents a number of rewards but it also presents hurdles. Jeanne Yocum's new book, The Self Employment Survival Guide draws on her thirty years of experience working for herself and lays down the rules you need to live by if you're going to make it on your own - including when you need to cut that client out of your life!

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Want to support the show?

This episode is brought to you by Easel.ly, an infographic design service that transforms raw data into clear, interesting images. You can see their work on Clients From Hell

Want to get a shoutout for your services on the podcast? Get in touch: contact@clientsfromhell.net

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Mar 28, 2018

Today's guest Olga Mizrahi is a designer, a career keynote speaker, and recently, an expert and published author on the gig economy

The gig economy is absolutely the future, and while it represents enormous possibilities, there are also dangers. Olga chats with Kyle about what you need to do to be competitive in the gig economy, how to stand out and find a niche, and how to take care of yourself while doing it. 

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Want to support the show?

This episode is brought to you by Easel.ly, an infographic design service that transforms raw data into clear, interesting images. You can see their work on Clients From Hell

Want to get a shoutout for your services on the podcast? Get in touch: contact@clientsfromhell.net

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Mar 14, 2018

Creative freelancers pursue these careers because, well, they're creative. But once you start doing creative work it can be hard to pursue your own interests and still get paid. 

Kristen Dullum and Alain Champagne of Creatures of The Night Design are two designers who do a really great job of balancing their pet projects while still making a living. In this episode, they share their strategies and struggles, and talk about why sometimes you absolutely SHOULD take up bronze work in your free time. 

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Want to support the show?

This episode is brought to you by Easel.ly, an infographic design service that transforms raw data into clear, interesting images. You can see their work on Clients From Hell

Want to get a shoutout for your services on the podcast? Get in touch: contact@clientsfromhell.net

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Feb 28, 2018

Ami Sanyal is something of an inspiration to me. He's a successful consultant at a relatively young age, an anchor of the creative community, and someone whose basic goodness is clear just minutes after meeting him. 

One of Ami's major achievements is putting together a series of events for independent creative workers in Vancouver, BC. Today, he joins us to talk about the problem of "siloing" in freelance work, and why it's important to reach out to, and collaborate with, other freelancers. He also offers some great tips about how to get involved in your own creative community!

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Feb 6, 2018

Frequent guest Nick Disabato returns to the Clients From Hell Podcast! He's here to tell you why you should build value-based design into your design process, and share some tips about how to use metrics to measure your successes, make your clients happier, and get paid more. 

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Jan 16, 2018

Jon Jones is back! This week he shares his tips for building an income from digital products, and also shares his freelance origin story. HINT: it involves the bible. 

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Jan 2, 2018

This week's guest is Jon Jones, the freelance creative outsourcing manager for the games industry who is frequently mistaken for the other, more violent Jon Jones! He's basically a bundle of mirth and insight, and it was a real treat to have him on the podcast.

Jon offers his first-hand experience on both sides of the freelancer/client divide, letting you know what you can do to keep that relationship healthy.

*does not actually contain mixed martial arts

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Also feel free to find us on Twitter @clientsfh and let us know what you think!

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