Just because someone is doing something, it shouldn’t stop you from doing the same thing and making it better, or at least do it a different way to attract a different audience. Do you have perspective to add? Do you have voice to add? Do you have lives to change? Can you put in the work? Are you willing to do it right?
Then do it. There are no excuses.
As a freelancer, you have to stay on of clients to make sure you get paid on time. If you pester the company, you may hear some excuses like “The check must have been lost in the mail.” or, “Can you send the invoice again? It must not have gotten to our accountant.” The best is when you don’t get a response at all, and randomly find a check a few weeks later. Chasing down payment is one of the worst parts about being a freelancer. But there are professional ways to encourage clients to pay on time.
Creatives are pretty bad when it comes to money. Some spend most of their time creating and not worry about the business side of things, while others think dealing with money is selling out. Not learning about money is how starving artists are born. We have to stop thinking money is a bad thing, especially when we need money to fund our creative endeavors.
I’m guilty of talking about the things I want to do more than acting on them. It’s cool to have ideas and goals, but if you don’t act on them, those ideas and goals are worthless.
The days of promoting yourself with only the work on your website are over. These days you have to be active doing other things and creating content to stay in relevant and be seen. You can't rely on the way things used to be.
There will never be a substitute for quality. But in the microwave society we live in and the way algorithms on social platforms work, sacrificing some quality to create consistent content is more important.
Creating a better environment for your employees will make them feel more at home, which will allow for better production.
Equipment shouldn't be the reason you're not getting things done.
Business meetings are evil. I’m starting to find that people make inefficient use of both my time and theirs due to lack of organization, knowledge or respect. These people are in every industry. I’ve often learn that many meetings happen at least an hour after they’re planned, which is really frustrating. I understand that some things should be handled face to face, but i also think it’s important to take advantage of technology. Most information given in meetings can be done over email or on the phone.
Time spent at work has been a measure of productivity for the longest time, and that doesn't make any sense. I think it's time to stop worrying about where and when people work and focus on what they accomplish. Let's start to question the archaic ways of working and take advantage of the tools that have came out in the past 20 years.
I was recently called "ghetto" by someone who saw my "10 crack commandments" posts that I've been creating. This individual didn't take the time to look at the posts, or even look at my design work, which I contacted them about. This is something that goes on a lot, and I'm tired of not speaking on it. Let's hope this starts a conversation to make sure it doesn't happen again.
It’s not a badge of honor to do everything yourself. Just think how much money and time you’re wasting by not hiring someone to do a task while you focus on the bigger picture, which is bringing in more clients. That’s the difference between operating as a business and being a freelancer. Ditch the creative ethics and aim towards writing checks, not writing rhymes.
Too many people want to follow what's popular nowadays. Not too many original thinkers out there. Stop trying to take the common path or follow what's popular and try to be an originator. Never go with the flow, be the flow.
For those of us that want to break away from "the system", we can now build our own fan base using social by sharing our story and providing value in creative ways. If you offer a service, you can bypass the middle man and go directly to the client by sharing your life story along with work.
I think college is one of the biggest scams we have in this country. I wouldn’t recommend college to almost anyone I know.
It's crazy to think that there was a time where we would send a piece of paper to someone in HR and have them judge us based on a few bullet points. How much can you really tell someone your story on one page? Luckily social media has changed that for the most part. Social media allows you to take control of your narrative and let people know way more about you than they can find on a resumé.
The need to communicate and to tell stories will always be a part of human nature. The only thing that has changed are the platforms we can communicate on. We're in a time where we reminisce about the past and no appreciating technology and how it helps us communicate. You have to adjust and accept the new ways of communication. There's no way around it.