9 Top Brainstorming Tips for Freelancers and Other Creatives

Oh no! You're stuck for ideas again. What will you do? If you're a freelancing creative who makes a living from your creativity, running out of ideas can be a serious problem. Your income could be at stake. There are plenty of great tools to help you brainstorm, including the free tools Coggle and FreeMind. But where do you start? In this post, I'll provide nine places to start your brainstorming … [Read more...]

Capturing Your Creativity

We freelancers are a creative bunch. If you're a freelance writer, you need to frequently come up with fresh ideas for copy. If you're a designer, you must continually come up with fresh design ideas. Even freelancing fields that are supposedly "less" creative require freelancers to come up with new and innovative approaches to solving problems. Freelancers are constantly on the hunt for new ideas. Is it any … [Read more...]

Is Talent Enough?

How important is talent? Is it enough to let you succeed as a freelancer? On the one hand, we'd love to believe that sheer talent automatically leads to freelancing success every time. Who doesn't like a story of someone who rises from obscurity solely because of their outstanding ability? That's the stuff movies are made of. As freelancers, however, we are reluctantly forced to admit that such stories of … [Read more...]

Finding Your Writing Rhythm

As a freelancer, there is a constant conflict between the practical side and the creative side of your brain. Your practical side works at 1,000 miles an hour, quickly navigating the logistics of pitching a story, negotiating fees, and creating connections with editors. But once you land an article, you have to immediately switch to your creative side, that part of your brain that generates innovative ideas … [Read more...]

5 Productivity Tools To Boost Creativity

This is quite a tricky post. Recently I realized that there are a few tools I use that not only save me a ton of time, but also make me more creative. By sticking to their simple and efficient functionality I have started to create more content in ways I haven’t imagined before. Here is a list of these five "creative" productivity tools for you. … [Read more...]

5 Surprising Causes of Creative Block and How to Overcome Them

Most freelancers depend on their creativity for their livelihood. Freelance writers, designers, artists, photographers, and even web developers and programmers all rely on creative thinking to perform their jobs. However, once in a while a freelancer finds that their creativity (that same creativity they've been relying on to earn an income) just isn't there. The ideas just aren't flowing like they used to. … [Read more...]

Are Your Current Freelancing Practices Too Boxed In?

You're doing a great job of following all the freelancing advice you can find─to the letter! You're managing your time very well. You're charging the right rate for your services. You've even selected a freelancing specialty. You're doing everything right, but something is very wrong! What it could be? I'll tell you what it could be. You may have allowed yourself to become so boxed in with advice that … [Read more...]

The Importance of Thinking Outside the Box

Rules. Standards. Doing things the way they've 'always been done.' There are good reasons to rely on and follow these things, but we often forget that they all originated somewhere. There is an inherent danger for a freelancer who only ever strives to maintain the status quo and stick to proven methods, and this choice can not only impact the freelancer's future but also has the potential to affect countless … [Read more...]

15 Ways to Get Inspired

Inspiration is vital to freelancers. It is what makes our ideas stand out from those of our competition. Yet, if we're not careful, we can lose that inspiration. It happens to the best of us. We set aside time to work on a specific project and just aren’t feeling it. Instead of spending the day twiddling your thumbs or whittling your time away on Facebook and Twitter, try one of these approaches to get … [Read more...]

You Don’t Realize How Talented You Are

We, as freelancers, are many times our own worst enemies. Through out my experiences, I've learned that artistic people tend to be the most analytical. Even to this day, I cringe a bit before pressing the send button when e-mailing a proof to a client. Yes, I am always proud of my work, but there is always that little bastard on my shoulder who whispers into my ear, 'You don't deserve to be in this industry. … [Read more...]