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Freelance, and Business, and Stuff by Amy & Jennifer Hood

Freelance, and Business, and Stuff by Amy & Jennifer Hood

Freelance and business and stuff is a guide for creatives and it’s written by twin sisters Amy and Jennifer Hood who are the founding partners and creative directors behind Hoodzpah, a boutique brand identity and design agency based out of Newport Beach, California.

The Hood sisters have worked with clients such as Google, Disney, Facebook, 20th Century Fox, and Target so from reading that client list you know the advice within the book will be of great value.

The book has been made up of their personal research and experiences while running their own design studio.

You can also read their designer interview to provide more insights from their life as designers.

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The Benefits of Using Storytelling in Your UX Design

The Benefits of Using Storytelling in Your UX Design

From cave paintings to eBooks, storytelling has been part of the human experience for eons. It’s been so prevalent in our history that, at this point, storytelling is practically in our DNA. Whether we’re recounting our day or giving instructions, stories are there to move our ideas along; it’s how we communicate and convey thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

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How to Answer the Question: What’s Your Hourly Rate?

How to Answer the Question: What’s Your Hourly Rate?

What do you say when a prospect or client asks, “What’s your hourly rate?”

Do you instantly capitulate and respond with a number? Or do you take the lead in the conversation and respond with your “qualifying questions,” which are designed to help you determine if this client is a good fit for you?

I know what you’re thinking: “If they ask for my hourly rate, don’t I have to tell them?”

Well, no, actually, you don’t!.

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Change Your Process, Land Higher Paying Clients

Change Your Process, Land Higher Paying Clients

Are you currently frustrated because you’re landing low-paying clients? I get it. I was frustrated for years and tried every piece of advice that came my way about how to charge more. From endlessly talking about what’s stopping me, to charging more with every new client, nothing worked consistently.

I would hear things like, “It’s all mindset. You just need the confidence to charge higher prices.” And while that’s true, where does the confidence come from? Do we just need to muster enough to be able to charge more? Or was there something else to it?

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How to write the perfect freelance case study

How to write the perfect freelance case study

Not all case studies are created equally. Most are pretty shit actually. For freelancers that aren’t professional writers, it can be quite daunting or difficult to see the benefits. The truth is, nobody really cares about pictures of the end result without knowing what went into it. Without any context, it’s pretty useless. Most end-products are unique to a clients business and their specific goals. What prospective clients care about is your approach.

You should aim to cover the 3 stages of your approach:

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Why advanced freelancers shouldn’t use Bidding websites (Like UpWork, Freelancer.com, PeoplePerHour)

Why advanced freelancers shouldn’t use Bidding websites (Like UpWork, Freelancer.com, PeoplePerHour)

Freelance bidding websites attract a lot of freelance projects. They do this by encouraging competition and cheap prices. In this situation, nobody wins. The customer only gets what they paid for (not a lot). And the freelancer can’t grow their business beyond the platform. To win a bid, you must compete on price. To lower your price, you must perform a basic service or reduce your costs. This goes against an advanced freelancers way of thinking. If you focus on adding as much value to a customers business as possible, everybody wins.

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