freelancing Archives - The Punk Rock MBA

June 17, 2018

Are you putting yourself out there??

It's no secret that most creatives (including me) are introverts. We really just want to stay in our cave and make stuff-- the last thing we want to do is go out there and "sell" ourselves, right? But here's the thing: you could be doing the best work in the world, but if nobody sees it, how are you going to get hired?? As most of us have learned from experience, if you just make stuff and put it up on your portfolio, it's like a tree falling in the woods... nobody hears it! So if you want to get paid to do what you love, you've gotta be consistently putting yourself out there. You have to let people know who you are and what you do, AND asking them to hire you-- whether that's in person, by email, DM, whatever it takes... you've gotta let them know you exist.…
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March 13, 2016

How to get freelance clients

As anyone who's been a freelancer will tell you, DOING the work isn't the hard part— GETTING the work is the hard part, especially at the beginning of your career. Once you build up a name for yourself, you'll start to get new clients via word of mouth, but until then you need to grind for a while with the specific goal of getting new clients. Like most things in business, the formula really isn't that hard-- you just have to put in the work. This article is specifically geared toward visual artists, but the basic template applies to anyone. Note, this article is only for people who want to be truly excellent. It's for people who are filled with a burning desire to kick ass at what they do and build a name for themselves as a hot up-and-comer in their field. So if you are content being average and just…
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Reader questions
March 2, 2016

Reader questions vol 5: Portfolios, scams, and freelancing!

Got a business, school, or career question? Ask it here! Kamran asks: I have a question that I hope you can cover in a future article: I've seen these people from time to time... They're always talking about living life with "total economic freedom", not having a boss or anyone to answer to, posting from exotic places in the world, etc. This guy works for a weight loss shake company and I think he makes money either by bringing people into the company somehow and/or by selling people the shakes. They typically have outlandish beliefs like traditional schooling is unnecessary, all you need to do to get rich is be like them, etc. Something about the whole thing is very shady to me, but I can't pinpoint what it may be exactly. For all I know, he could be living the life, but something about it screams scam to me.…
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Reader questions
February 25, 2016

Read questions vol 4: Where can I get an internship that isn’t BORING?

Got a career, school, or business question? Ask it here! James asks: Hi Finn and Co. I am currently a bachelor in Corporate Finance & Accounting (2nd year) and I really am enjoying college. Currently I'm thinking about an internship but it seems the only ads I find are from these huge, "boring" corporations like P&G, Aon etc. How can I find a career path in a creative and less corporate environment? What are some of the best companies for internships? A couple things here… First of all, I would challenge your basic premise here that working for a big corporation is inherently boring or uncreative-- not true at all!! For example I have worked with P&G and they are one of the most innovative, smartest companies on the planet— I probably shouldn’t talk about the details, but I did some seriously crazy, fun, creative stuff for them (and those were…
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