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Business Lessons for Creative Entrepreneurs & How to Launch an Online Community with Designer, Coach & Podcaster Kathleen Shannon — The Busy Creator Podcast 95

The Busy Creator 95 w/Kathleen Shannon

Kathleen Shannon (@AndKathleen) is a graphic designer and brand strategist, and co-founder of Being Boss, a podcast and community for creative entrepreneurs. Kathleen began as a staff art director, but learned entrepreneurial habits working on her side projects and blogging. She’s now seeking to become a media mogul and serve the creative community.

In this conversation, we discuss the origins of Being Boss, how Kathleen learned systematic behaviour and stays organised, and the common mindsets of creative entrepreneurs.

Catch up with Kathleen on the Being Boss website or that of her agency, Braid Creative.

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Exploring Business Issues Faced by Creative Pros with Author & Professor Douglas Davis — The Busy Creator Podcast 93

The Busy Creator 93 w/Douglas Davis

Douglas Davis (@DouglasQDavis) is a graphic designer, professor, consultant, and author of the new book Creative Strategy and the Business of Design. The book, which follows his recent talks and workshops, explores business issues that face creative professionals, especially those which may not even seem apparent.

In this conversation, we explore the business culture exposed creatives, the shortcomings of our design education system, and how Brooklyn is becoming the home for creative thought.

Creative Strategy and the Business of Design book

Creative Strategy and the Business of Design

Check out Douglas’s book, Creative Strategy and the Business of Design, now available where fine books are sold.

Catch up with Douglas this October 26–28 at the Revolve Conference in Charleston, SC, and read his recent article in the European Business Review

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Friday Links, vol. 60

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

Tools

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  • The Basecamp Way To Work is a one-day workshop taking place in Chicago. If you’re into Basecamp, and remote, modern work more generally, check it out.
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Building Community and Finding Personality Stengths as a Creative Introvert, with Designer Cat Rose — The Busy Creator Podcast 90

The Busy Creator 90 w/Cat Rose

Cat Rose (@CreativeIntro) is an independent graphic designer and founder of The Creative Introvert, a website and community for creative professions who share introverted personality types.

In this conversation, we discuss the oddities of life as a freelance designer, the observed behaviour of creative pros and where they fall on the introverted/extroverted continuum, and the challenges of building online communities and creating compelling content.

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The Tools I Use to Run Starship Design, a look at Software and Services for a Solo Design Practice — The Busy Creator Podcast 87

The Busy Creator 87 - The Tools I Use to Run Starship Design

In this single-topic episode, Prescott catalogues the desktop software and online services he uses to operate Starship Design, an independent design and branding practice. This topic follows earlier episodes and conversations, building and expanding on particular software titles, and a few competitors.

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What Sally Hogshead Learned Working in America’s Top Ad Agencies, and How That Shaped Her Work as an Author — The Busy Creator Podcast 86

Sally Hogshead (@SallyHogshead) is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Following a career in advertising, she evolved her career and reoriented toward building significance for other professionals and creatives.

In this conversation, Sally discusses the phases of her career (so far), shares some of what she learned on the ground with advertising heroes, and remarks on the challenges of writing long-form books as a person who naturally bends toward the quick win.

Fascinate by Sally Hogshead book

Fascinate by Sally Hogshead

Check out Sally’s latest book Fascinate and catch up with her on BrandFascination.com, for a start.

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Friday Links, vol. 49

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

Tools

Techniques

Habits

Everything Else

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Friday Links, vol. 41

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

Tools

Techniques

Habits

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Friday Links, vol. 39

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

Tools

Techniques

Habits

Everything Else

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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. 35

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

Tools

Techniques

Habits

Everything Else

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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.

Tools

Techniques

Everything Else

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Friday Links, vol. 17

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

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Techniques

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Friday Links, vol. 15

Friday Links

The week in Internet. Useful resources for creative professionals.

Tools

  • Madoko, a simple web editor for writing markdown and other code
  • Atomic.io is a web-based prototyping tool to compete with Sketch et al.; now out of beta.
  • Peace, an iOS app to block ads and online trackers ($2.99 on App Store)

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