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Friday Links, vol. 75

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

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Friday Links, vol. 64

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

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Joining an Established Agency to Build Workflow & Culture, with Nick Spriggs — The Busy Creator Podcast 91

The Busy Creator 91 w/Nick Spriggs

Nick Spriggs (@ncsfoo) is a partner at Vector Media Group in New York City. Though he wasn’t one of the original founders, Nick’s role at Vector has been to grow the design and branding offerings to complement the development and marketing capabilities previously in place.

In this conversation, we discuss cultural differences among designers and developers, office rituals used at Vector, how to keep your remote colleagues in the daily mix, and best practices to keep an entire team communicating clearly and working productively.

Catch up with Nick on the website for Vector Media Group.

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Friday Links, vol. 45

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

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Habits

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Friday Links, vol. 43

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

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Techniques

Habits

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Evolving a Blog into a Brand and a Business with Writer and Clients From Hell Chief Bryce Bladon — The Busy Creator Podcast 78

The Busy Creator 78 w/Bryce Baldon

Bryce Bladon (@BryceBladon) is a freelance writer and editor of the popular blog Clients From Hell. Bryce has been editing and curating the site for years, and has overseen dramatic growth both in blog readership and in creating outside partnerships, products, and offerings.

In our conversation, we discuss the origins of Clients From Hell, how a blog can become a viable business, and how all of us who provide services can avoid clients from hell to have a better working life.

Bryce has recent authored the second book from Clients From Hell, Hell To Pay, concerning the ever-popular topic of getting paid for freelance work and avoiding money-related drama.

Hell To Pay book

Hell To Pay, the new book from Clients From Hell

Listeners of The Busy Creator can save 50% by using code BusyCreator when purchasing from this link.

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Friday Links, vol. 32

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

Tools

  • PC Part Picker is a website where you can check your custom-built PCHackintosh’s parts lists for compatibility & price.
  • Siftery, an online software tool that lets you showcase what online software tools you use, and browse those used by other companies. (no joke, this sounds very useful)
  • Overpass is a free, open-source typeface based on Highway Gothic. Looks great on-screen, and works on the web as well. (see also: Clear Sans, Input)
  • World Market, Lumens, Shades of Light — Places to shop for lighting fixtures (Thanks Betsy Helmuth)

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Web Agency Owner Matt Inglot Talks Client Selection, Workflow, and The Challenges of Working from Home – The Busy Creator Podcast 74

The Busy Creator Podcast 74 w/guest Matt Inglot

Matt Inglot (@MattInglot) is the founder of Tilted Pixel, a results-focused web design agency based in Calgary, Canada. A veteran web designer, Matt has been an agency owner most of his career, beginning when he was still a student. Over the years he’s refined his own business strategy to bring greater value to his own clients, and in turn build a thriving practice. Matt is also the host of the Freelance Transformation podcast, where he speaks with creative entrepreneurs and practitioners about business and freelance issues.

In this conversation, Matt discusses his role in the business, how systematic (or not) he likes to be with prospective clients, and how he handles working from home.

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An Introduction to Freelancing — Definitions, Ailments, Mindsets, and Advice for new and veteran freelancers — The Busy Creator Podcast 73

An Introduction to Freelancing — The Busy Creator Podcast 73

Freelancers can no longer be ignored as fringe workers, in-betweeners, and the occassional slacker seeking to hide his true unemployment. Freelancers now make up a significant portion of the creative economy, especially in Cities like New York where fashion, film, theatre, design, and music industries thrive outside the walls of conventional employment relationships.

In this episode, we hear from Alex Signh (@AutomaticYes), Co-Founder of Domino, an online community for freelancers, Matt Inglot (@MattInglot), host of the Freelance Transformation podcast, and Jaime Campbell (@TierOneServices), a CPA and business coach who has worked with freelancers throughout her career.

Together we examine some definitions, ailments, and mindsets shared by freelancers. We also drop a few action steps any freelancer can take to make the transition — or the next step — that much smoother.

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Friday Links, vol. 22

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 53 with Designer, Developer & Entrepreneur Matt Keefe

The Busy Creator 53 w/guest Matt Keefe

Matt Keefe (@MKeefe) is a multitalented designer & developer, and the co-founder of PixelBit, a design and development agency. PixelBit has no particular home base, with staff spread out all over the world. Managing this requires systems and good communication, which Matt discusses in this conversation.

We also cover tools and methodologies that change over time, sometimes very quickly, balancing client needs with constraints of deadlines and technology, and leaving life as a freelancer for one of a business owner.

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Field Report: How Marie Poulin Initiates & Manages Client Projects

Field Report: How Marie Initiates Client Projects

Just about every creative pro has a story of a client project gone bad. The years of collective wisdom have led to the conclusion that designers, photographers, writers, and everyone else who provides services must be strategic about selecting clients and starting a project off on the right foot.

Client on-boarding, project vetting — or whatever you may call it — can be a tricky process, but it’s essential for success. Previous podcast guest and friend of The Busy Creator Marie Poulin, a web designer and digital strategist based in Vancouver, has worked for years on crafting her own studio workflows and systems for working with clients. Stressing the importance and benefits in a recent blog post, she says:

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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 29 with Brand Strategy Consultant, Copywriter & Author Susan Gunelius

The Busy Creator 29 w/guest Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius (@susangunelius) is a 20-year marketing veteran who has worked in corporate environments for some of the largest companies in the world. Today, she’s on the agency side as President & CEO of Keysplash Creative, which offers brand strategy consulting along with writing and all marketing communication services.

In addition, Susan has written 10 books not only on marketing, branding social media, and technology, but also on subjects like the marketing of Harry Potter. She now contributes her marketing expertise to sites like Forbes and is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women On Business, an award-winning blog. Our conversation moves from working with clients to managing an agency of one and the habits required to author a book.


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Level-Up Strategy for Starting a Project Right

Level-Up Strategy

When meeting a new client, there’s often nervousness and questions in your mind about how smoothly the project will go. Even if the client seems committed to the project at hand, it’s hard to tell if everything will go well and result in success, however it’s defined. Here’s a technique to increase the likelihood of a successful project from start to finish.

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