Freelance as a Career Choice

CollabMiami recently got invited by Miami International University of Art & Design to present to the student body freelancing as a business model. We cannot express the honor (and fun) it was. Presenting alongside five top creatives from the CollabMiami community, we took students from starting a freelance business all the way to billing ... More

Tips On Collaborating With Other Freelancers

Successful creative freelancers build a business not just a place to exercise a skill. In this interview Amanda Abella interviews George Cuevas, founder of CollabMiami and discuss pressing creative business issues. Give it a listen and be ready to take some notes. Who are you? What’s your background?  George is the founder of CollabMi... More

Deal with good people, use a contract anyway

The ability to have freedom of choice is something seemingly innate to freelancing. Where to work, how to work, who to work with. With this mind set it seems that having a contract is also one of those optional choices. Well, think again. As a freelancer your commitment is to run a business... and businesses include contracts. In the midst ... More

Style Over Everything

Why carving out your own artistic voice is the most important thing you can do. Artist spend a lot of time looking at the market and trying to make their art fit a commercial mode. Should I paint with oils? But Acrylics dry faster! Watercolor or do I just go digital? What's the next big interest? From the earliest age, we’re taught to ... More

How to Sell Your Services to Past Freelance Clients

  Selling Services to Past Freelance Clients. Having a pipeline of potential business always seems to be a concern for most freelancers. We tend to focus on the task we got hired for and neglect the sales part of our business. Well for the professional freelancer keeping a healthy flow of potential projects on the burner is ... More

Why I Stopped Calling Myself A “Freelancer”

As you introduce yourself as a freelancer what reaction do you get back? How do you position your freelance business not to come off as a person in between "real" jobs? Freelancers are real business people having to deal with the entire business process. Consider the following as you introduce yourself the next time the opportunity presents ... More

The Best Invoice Payment Terms to Avoid Past Due Invoices

Invoice payment seems to be the stitch on every freelancer's side. When to do it. How to do it. What terms are best? Being clear as to how to get paid is an important step in actually getting paid on time. When you send out an invoice, you’re telling your client how much money you expect in return for the work you’ve done. The ... More

Stabilize your freelancer rollercoaster income

One of the most difficult things to a freelancer is how to stabilize their rollercoaster income. It seems like the fluctuation from month to month is sometimes to much to bare. It also makes running a home budget nearly impossible. No matter how new or experienced my creative entrepreneur clients are, one of their top worries is how ... More

How to Overcome the 5 Biggest Obstacles to Business Growth

2015 is almost behind us. As freelancers we already need to be looking back and planning to move forward. If your business is ready to grow, check out these tips for dealing with some of the factors that frequently thwart small business growth and putting them to your advantage. Trust Your Gut, But Pay Attention to Business Indicators... More