Freelancing

Selfie by Lauren Scheuer

Caffeinated Illustrators Unite!

A couple of weeks ago we had another illustrator meet-up and the discussion was all over the place. We talked about the illustration industry, prices going down while all rights/work for hire is becoming more prevalent. We discussed how we each check our art: Mirror, hold upside down, bounce it […]

Post-Webinar (Putting the Free in Freelance)

Post-Webinar (Putting the Free in Freelance)

On February 26, 2014, Justin and I presented our webinar Putting the Free in Freelance for the RISD community (and beyond). Justin’s presentation began with the basics of setting up your business (EIN, gmail etc) and also went into finer detail (accounting software, presentation software, portfolio websites etc) all for […]

Webinar: Putting the FREE in Freelance

Webinar: Putting the FREE in Freelance

On February 26, 2014, Justin and I will be hosting the webinar: Putting the Free in Freelance for RISD Alumni Relations. The webinar is open to anyone. Justin will be offering a terrific step by step presentation of how to get your freelance business up and running (or in shape if […]

Ed and Justin during the Ready, Set, Freelance! webinar

Post-Webinar (Ready, Set, Freelance)

Justin and I had a great time talking with the RISD (and beyond) community during our webinar Ready, Set, Freelance. The attendees sent us great questions during and after the webinar. Here are some examples that might help you: Q: When it comes to an agreement with a client, how […]

Webinar: Ready, Set, Freelance!

Webinar: Ready, Set, Freelance!

On January 23, Justin and I will be hosting the webinar Ready, Set, Freelance! for RISD Alumni Relations. The webinar is open to anyone. Ready, Set, Freelance! was originally conceived as a live presentation (you know, in front of people rather than a computer screen) and we’re excited to be able […]

The Importance of Networking

The Importance of Networking

I recently wrote an article for Jo Ann’s Art Advice blog about the importance of networking with other creatives to diversify your business and I’ll be touching on the topic during Justin and my webinar for RISD next week. —————————————————————– You can’t go it alone. Being a freelance illustrator is challenging […]

Caffeinated Illustrators- December 2013

Caffeinated Illustrators- December 2013

Well, we did it again. During this crazy holiday season where there are 5 billion things to do at once, a group of illustrators got out of their studios and met for coffee and to schmooze. I suppose it helped that we met inside a shopping mall across from a […]

Caffeinated Illustrators- October 2013

Caffeinated Illustrators- October 2013

Recently, Creative Relay did what very few entities have ever been able to do: we got a bunch of illustrators to leave their studios for a few hours! These freelancers were forced together to schmooze, drink coffee and share chicken stories. In attendance were Lisa Graves, Jannie Ho, Gary LaCoste, Lauren […]

Your Best Work

Your Best Work

The desire to keep things fresh and new in your portfolio can sometimes overwhelm your better judgement, and a sub-par design/illustration/photo can make its way into your: Online portfolios* Physical portfolios Samples We’ve all done work that we can admit isn’t our best (often it’s because a client thinks they […]

What’s In a Name?

What’s In a Name?

One of the first decisions a creative professional makes upon starting their business is deciding on a name for the company. It’s also often one made in haste while a bank associate is setting up a business bank account. Since it’s literally the identity of you and your business, it’s important to give it some thought beforehand. For creative businesses, the naming […]