How I've failed to succeed
So I had a wonderful chat with a friend today about the disappointment of not acquiring a job. I’ve been feeling extremely vested in all the jobs I’ve applied for lately and feeling pretty crummy about myself in the process. As we broke it all down though I began to see a pattern emerging. In the beginning the energetic, enthusiastic Candee starts applying for everything she can find....
Image, vector and texture resources
A quick list of the sites I generally use for stock imagery, textures and vector graphics. Of course, always check the licensing agreement so that you know what you can and can’t do. Almost all are free but some have different restrictions than others. I like to have a broad range of sites to check in at, so some are really general and others are pretty specific. Definitely not all are super...
Collaboration is a big word
I’ve been thinking quite a bit recently about collaboration and how we as designers might influence each other. I’ve been attending Creative Mornings here in Vancouver every month and I find it really inspiring and eye-opening to interact with so many creative people all in one place. I seriously feel like I have a creative contact high just from mingling and chatting. One thing that...
Me, myself and I...we're awesome!
Self promotion. I don’t want to do it…at all! This is me, freaking out on the inside. Realistically though, it’s not that bad. I actually really enjoy it sometimes. I think many of us tend to look at things like this as scary only because we have no data to place the task in reality. Most scary things, (except for roller coaster rides…just can’t do it) don’t...
My ideal client is tall, dark and handsome...
A new concept has been presented to me this week. Who is your ideal client? I have been under the desperation spell of thinking that I must be grateful for any work that comes my way. While I am happy to be working, I’m not really working on getting the work that I want. I asked my friend Fraser Milne to join me for coffee to discuss freelancing and how to generate business for yourself....
How do you get noticed?
All this last week I’ve been chatting with individuals about how they started their businesses, how they got clients, and what does marketing yourself actually entail. At the onset, I felt rather nervous. Generally I enjoy being an observer, not a questioner. This is a new area for me, a bit of a personal stretch. I made this particular goal though to not only gain insight into marketing and...
Weekly goals do help...
I am a designer. I love working on advertisements, logo development, packaging, and helping small business owners bring their vision to life. The problem I face as a new freelance designer is that I have no experience in generating my own business. So I need to learn. Hey, at least I like research! As each week progresses, I’ve set up new goals for myself to start filling in the gaps of my...