Strategies for Creative Freelancers – Spring 2014

A series of online presentations-on-a-theme for creative freelancers and creative entrepreneurs. Brought to you by the Creative Freelance Business Conference.

One thing about freelancers is that they are constantly learning and love to share what they’ve learned.

That’s lucky for you, if you join us for the 3rd quarterly offering in our new series of online presentations, Strategies for Creative Freelancers, Spring 2014.  Nine freelancers (some of whom are no longer freelancers, that’s how well their ideas work!) share what they’ve learned about working with clients, marketing their business and making room for life, including our regular series of “Passion Projects.”

This event is relevant to everyone whose line between work and life is blurry. Here’s what you’ll learn about:

  • How to Avoid Scope Creep
  • So You Want to be a Freelancer?
  • Freelancers Speak on Work/Life Balance
    • Boundaries Are My BFF
    • How Content Marketing Simplified My Life
    • How to build a successful freelance business without working weekends
    • Is your work eating your life alive?: A parent’s perspective
  • Branding, Content, SEO: Connect the Dots to a More Powerful Web Site
  • And as a permanent feature of these quarterly events, we’ll hear about 2 new “passion projects”:
    • How Cootie Catchers Saved My Freelance Career
    • How a Recipe Blog Does Double Duty as Passion Project and Marketing Tool

In this April 2014 session, you’ll get a one week of access to content in 4 tracks (see outline below). Each track includes different webinars and/or videos and audio sessions on different topics that will help you launch and bolster your creative freelance career.

creative_professionals_guide_to_money_coverRegistration also includes a FREE COPY of Ilise Benun’s eBook The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money (a $23 value)!

Money is often a taboo subject surrounded by misinformation and apprehension. Creative people, particularly, aren’t trained how to talk about money in a business setting, and after afraid to reveal their ignorance to potential clients or competitors. As a result, they may not know the best way to deal with money or be familiar with the financial techniques that will help their business succeed. The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money provides tools and advice that address many common financial questions that creative professionals have.

Presenters Include:

Ilise BenunIlise Benun is a national speaker and the author of several books. She’s a regular contributor to HOW Design and is the lead editor of the Creative Freelancer Blog. Ilise is a frequent speaker at HOW events, a regular Design Tutorial presenter and the co-founder of the Creative Freelancer Business Conference. She is the founder of Marketing Mentor, where she works closely with creative professionals, teaching them how to best develop their business through creativity, sell their services and talents, and implement efficient systems and procedures to run the business smoothly. Learn more about Ilise here.
Jason SwenkPresenter Jason is a digital-preneur and author with 12+ years running a successful digital agency until he sold it in 2011. He helps businesses establish strategies that get them to the next level, by sharing what works, so you know exactly how to build a successful business. Jason has worked with some of the biggest clients in the World from Aflac, Lotus Cars, Hitachi, AT&T, Coke and Legal Zoom. Over the past decade, he has operated outside the box and always challenged the status quo. Jason has done almost everything a small business needs from marketing, creative, operations, project management, sales, technology, clean the bathrooms and much more. Learn more about Jason here.
Michael FleishmanPresenter Michael Fleishman was a zombie extra in George Romero’s Day of the Dead (but don’t blink, you’ll miss him). His real day job is as a writer, freelance designer and illustrator, and teacher (which, at times, makes him feel somewhat like The Wacom Dead). He’s written for arts magazines, and has authored six books on design, illustration, and creativity. Fleishman’s Starting Your Career as a Designer will be published by Allworth Press in May, 2014. He’s currently hard at work on its sister title, Starting Your Career as an Illustrator. Mike was on the board of directors for ICON 6. Learn more about Michael here.
jill-anderson[1]Presenter Jill Anderson of Jill Lynn Design is that rare breed of designer and developer who partners with talented designers, copywriters, and agencies on their websites, and their client’s sites. Jill is passionate about crafting beautiful and innovative websites focused on clear positioning and positive user experiences. As a freelancer for over 12 years, she loves typography, code, and WordPress. She lives in the Atlanta suburbs and enjoys hanging out with her husband and 4-year-old son. And cat, Peanut, the chief paperweight. She tweets @JillLynnDesign. Learn more about Jill here.
Jenn David ConnollyPresenter Jenn David Connolly is Owner, Founder and Creative Director of Jenn David Design, a full-service graphic design studio specializing in packaging and branding design for gourmet food and specialty products, working with regional and national brands that are category leaders and influencers. Jenn founded her business over a decade ago and quickly gained a reputation in premium package design, working with established companies such as Williams-Sonoma, GAP, Pier 1 Imports and Mitsubishi, as well as boutique brands. By offering a complete package of design services, the studio ensures consistent and seamless branding across all touch points. Learn more about Jenn here.
Tom N. TumbuschPresenter Tom N. Tumbusch writes copy that creates action for creative professionals and green businesses. He publishes a free writing tips newsletter each month and periodically shares more casual wisdom on the WordStream of Consciousness blog. Learn more about Tom here.
Laura FoleyPresenter Laura Foley is a creative thinker and marketing expert who enables her clients to effectively communicate their messages. She specializes in Cheating Death by PowerPoint, transforming PowerPoint decks into effective marketing tools through workshops, consulting, and presentation design services. Learn more at, where you can find her Cheating Death by PowerPoint blog. She is also the proud mother of Henry and Jack, two elementary-school-aged boys who keep her on her toes and help her to focus on the funny things in life.
Emily BrackettPresenter Emily Brackett is president of Visible Logic, Inc. Established in 2001, Visible Logic builds complete branding systems and designs individual projects for clients across the U.S and Europe. Visible Logic helps small businesses, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs use high-quality design to compete with companies of all sizes. In addition to her design degree, Emily’s education includes a strong writing background. Having the “word” skills to complement the “visual” talent allows Emily to create materials that truly work as demanded – whether to inform, entertain or persuade. Emily writes and presents frequently including presentations to the Maine Marketing Association, writing for the Portland Press Herald and writing about design and business on her own blog and other blogs. Learn more about Emily here.
Evi AbelerPresenter Presenter Evi Abeler is a professional food, product and interior photographer. Working in her New York City studio or on location, Evi uses natural light and simple staging to create gorgeous compositions that showcase wholesome food, beautiful objects and stunning spaces. With her lifelong passion for photography and design, Evi brings a creative eye and professional approach to every project. Her clients in advertising, publishing, hospitality and retail include Food & Wine Magazine (which named her Digital Food Award Winner), Rodale and Whole Foods Markets. In addition to her photography, she collaborates with pastry chef Albane Sharrard on the recipe blog Whip + Click and offers photography training to makers, bloggers and designers.
Michelle Taute Presenter When she’s not dreaming up cootie catcher fortunes, Michelle Taute works as a writer and content strategist. She creates compelling copy and concepts for magazines, blogs, websites, scrappy entrepreneurs, and really big brands. Michelle’s articles have appeared everywhere from Better Homes and Gardens and Woman’s Day specials to Metropolis, HOW, Communication Arts, and USA Weekend. She’s the author of Fold Me Up: 100 Paper Fortune-Tellers for Life’s Pressing Questions. Keep up with her latest projects at
Strategies for Creative Freelancers – Winter 2014


One day, online event for creative freelancers & creative entrepreneurs


April 16, 2014 (all day, log in at your convenience!) Registration still open!

Registration Fee:


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What’s Different About This Event

  • Learn from your peers! Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from fellow creative freelancers, graphic designers and creative entrepreneurs who have learned how to make freelancing work for them.
  • Participate from anywhere! You can participate online from anywhere you can connect to the internet: at home, at the library, at the coffee shop with your laptop—choose the spot that works best for you – it’s all online! These sessions bring creatives together to network between live events (like the Creative Freelancer Business Conference) so you don’t get sucked back into the isolation of working alone.

How it Works

You’ll get a week of access to all content, which includes 11 webinars and pre-recorded videos. Registration includes access to webinars, audio and video sessions with experts and peers. After you register, you’ll get an additional week of access to download all video sessions! That’s right – you’ll own the content!

Who Should Register

  • Moonlighting freelancers
  • In house designers who may one day go freelance.
  • New freelancers who aren’t sure if they can make freelancing work
  • Current freelancers who want to take their business to the next level


All tracks feature the sessions listed below. Please note that all attendees will have open access to watch videos, download materials and continue conversations on the discussion boards for one week.

  • How to Avoid Scope Creep with Jason Swenk | In this Q&A podcast, Jason Swenk, digital-preneur, former agency owner and creator of the Digital Agency Playbook, shares his secrets (and 5 step process) for preventing scope creep, from asking the right questions to securing change orders and more.
  • So You Want to be a Freelancer? with Michael Fleishman | This session offers excellent information for new freelancers and veterans alike. Fleishman will discuss the differences between full time employees and freelancers and explain what it takes to get started as a freelancer.
  • Freelancers Speak on Work/Life Balance | In preparation for the Creative Freelancer Business Conference, 4 generous creative professionals share what they’ve learned about how to balance work and life while running a business, including parenting while freelancing and how content marketing at work simplifies life at home.
    • Boundaries Are My BFF with Jill Anderson | Jill Anderson of Jill Lynn Design talks about how she uses kick-butt affirmations to overcome hurdles of the past and approach change. With continued use, these gentle reminders about work structure, client interactions and time management create new habits that make you even more awesome. 
    • How Content Marketing Simplified My Life with Jenn David Connolly | Jenn David Connolly of Jenn David Design talks about how she creates strategic content for maximum results to streamline her work and free up time for everything else. She shares her top strategies for getting the most out of your content and she’s made it easy.
    • How to build a successful freelance business without working weekends with Tom Tumbusch | Being in business for yourself shouldn’t mean sacrificing your personal life. Freelance writer Tom Tumbusch reveals his tips and secrets for making a great living while living a great life. 
    • Is your work eating your life alive?: A parent’s perspective with Laura Foley | The work/life balancing act becomes more complicated when children are involved. Laura Foley of Laura M. Foley Design has been a freelancer since 1995 and a parent since 2002, so she’s experienced this firsthand. She shares her strategies for keeping her career and parental duties separate, setting boundaries that her children respect, and how to occupy the kids when they have time off and she doesn’t.
  • Branding, Content, SEO: Connect the Dots to a More Powerful Web Site  – a webinar presented by Emily Brackett | Are you confused about how to improve your web site? Should you optimize it for search, improve the design and branding or create great content? You need to do all three. In this webinar we will explore how all three of these elements should work together to create a web site that effectively uses thoughtful content that engages readers and search engines. Watch this webinar presented by Emily Brackett of Visible Logic as part of their marketing. Then listen to the companion podcast when I interview Emily on the “behind-the-scenes” aspect of putting on her webinar.
  • Q&A: Content Marketing: Behind the Scenes of a Webinar with Emily Brackett  | If you’ve wondered whether putting on your own webinar would be a good idea, learn from Emily Brackett of Visible Logic who did just that. In this live Q&A, we’ll find out what she did behind the scenes to get 50 prospects and clients to sign up for her webinar, Branding, Content, SEO: Connect the Dots to a More Powerful Web Site. She’ll show how she promoted it (what worked and what didn’t) and how it fits into the big picture of her marketing plan.
  • How a Recipe Blog Does Double Duty as Passion Project and Marketing Tool with Evi Abeler | Photographer Evi Abeler will share how her passion project collaboration, the food blog Whip+Click, helped her grow her photography business, win an award from Food&Wine Magazine and get an agent! Evi partnered with pasty chef Albane Sharrard to create a blog and monthly newsletter where both can show off their strength and combine their marketing efforts! 
  • How Cootie Catchers Saved My Freelance Career with Michelle Taute  | Despite having a full roster of enviable clients, Michelle Taute found herself totally burned out with her freelance writing career back in 2011. Then she started making paper fortune-tellers, eventually landed a book deal and brought all that new creative energy back to the rest of her business.  Details here:
  • What to Expect When You’re Freelancing with Bryn Mooth
  • Saving Your Sanity Through Better Client Relations with Alisa Bonsignore
  • The Dark Art of Pricing with Jessica Hische
  • Creatively Legitimate Expenses (Don’t Cheat Yourself) with June Walker

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