Somehow freelancing in our field is something we can all relate to, whenever we've done it (and still do) or you've never done it at all. One thing for sure, it isn't as glamorous as it seems (I've personally did for 8 years) and I can admit that it has its ups and downs. There is a lot more work involved if you compare to a 9-5 schedule because with freelancing, you don't have a schedule. You can work as much as 20 hours a week to 90 hours a week; depending on how you organize your workflow and most importantly how hard you hustle at getting the clients, promoting yourself and etc. Our buddy Dann Petty is on a quest to meet and share real world stories to inspire you to pursue your passion and make it a reality. His creation became freelance.tv. Behind freelance.tv, we have Dann Petty who is a full-time freelance designer based in San Francisco, CA. Also Dann is known to be the host of the design event (the non-conference for designers, developers and creatives alike) named: Epicurrence. Freelance.tv Watch an Episode of Freelance.tv Freelanced Documentary Introduction (In Dann's Words) I’ve spent the past year traveling over 10,000 miles across the country interviewing freelancers of all shapes and sizes. I interviewed beginners, the most successful, those that didn’t make it work, and everyone in between. All with one goal, to learn how to become the best freelancers by hearing real world stories straight from the mouths of actual freelancers. I’m doing it all on my own dime, but your support would help me finish faster. It’s not about travels, but about my story on freelancing for over 10 years, and what I’ve learned along the way while talking to other freelancers. More Links Support Freelanced: The Documentary Follow Dann on Twitter Subscribe to Dann's YouTube Channel
Last Wednesday I was chatting to Cameron, one of Abduzeedo contributors and we were talking about lots of things when we talked about this idea of doing a live broadcasting with the whole Abduzeedo team, so we decided to do it to test how things would work, we just got everybody together and simply did it. It turns out to be a lot of fun and we will keep doing it especially because of the feedback and interaction we had with our readers and the design community. One of the things I noticed with the questions and conversation with our readers and the Abduzeedo team was some doubts about freelancing or starting a business in the creative field. I believe everyone has questions about that, including me, and because of that I started looking for some answers reading books about the subject. There are amazing books talking about this matter, books such as Rework, Crush It!, Talent Is Overrated and this new one that I am still reading called Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky. All these books are about doing, starting business and making ideas we have happen. There are great insights and examples. Making Ideas Happen chronicles the methods of exceptionally productive creative leaders and teams – companies like Google, IDEO, and Disney, and individuals like author Chris Anderson and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh – that make their ideas happen, time and time again. Scott Belsky is the guy behind Behance, my favorite website out there to see what some of the top creative professionals are doing. He also runs, I think, a site called 99% - http://the99percent.com/ and organizes the 99% conference where successful guys talk about how they did something, or how they made their ideas happen. All the talks are really good but I decided to post 4 of them here on Abduzeedo because I believe they will answer some of the questions you guys asked us during the broadcasting. Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain Bestselling author and entrepreneur Seth Godin outlines a common creative affliction: sabotaging our projects just before we show them to the world. Godin targets our "lizard brain" as the source of these primal doubts, and implores us to "thrash at the beginning" of projects so that we can ship on time and on budget. You don't need to be more creative, all of you are too creative.... what you need is a quiter lizard brain... - Seth Godin" Threadless: The Do-First Work Ethic Jeffrey Kalmikoff and Jake Nickell, the masterminds behind the hugely successful, crowd-sourced t-shirt design website Threadless, chart their changing working styles and mindsets throughout eight years of partnership. Their "Do-First Work Ethic" encompasses virtues like: staying scrappy, being 100% reactive to your community, embracing a DIY approach, learning from failure, and always (always) taking the first step. Jack Dorsey: The 3 Keys to Twitter's Success Jack Dorsey outlines three core takeaways from his experiences building and launching Twitter – and more recently – Square, a simple payment utility. 1) Draw: get your idea out of your head and share it, 2) Luck: assess when the time (and the market) is right to execute your idea, 3) Iterate: take in the feedback, be a rigorous editor, and refine your idea. Scott Belsky: Don't Let Your Genius Go Unnoticed Particularly in the creative world, there is a stigma around self-marketing. Many of us believe that our talents should speak for themselves. On the contrary, Behance founder Scott Belsky argues that we must take it upon ourselves to ensure that others recognize our strengths. You don't need to be more creative, all of you are too creative.... what you need is a quiter lizard brain... - Seth Godin" I highly recommend that you visit the 99% webiste for more information and to watch all videos. It is definitely worth checking them out.