You’re a visual creative. Every day includes shooting beautiful photos and videos, pixel-pushing designs and turning rough sketches into colorful illustrations. Thinking outside of the box is part of your job—and you’re really good at it. However, one area that often has you in a bind is managing the bigger picture: Your creative business.
Format, an online portfolio platform, teamed up with FreshBooks to make a free, digital guide: How to Manage Your Creative Business. In it, they chat with experts and explore the transition from freelancer to business owner, sharing tactics for handling difficult clients and even touching on the benefits of invoicing (featuring FreshBooks!)
Here’s a sneak peek at the guide’s four chapters, but be sure to download the entire guide too!
1. Don’t Sell Yourself Short
“Overcoming that little bit of discomfort is crucial to your success—your creative career isn’t going to last long without cash flow. The good news is that 77% of freelancers are making the same or more money than they did at their traditional 9–5 jobs, and 43% expect their wages to continue to grow year to year.”
2. Invoicing Can Save You Time and Money
“From working on current projects to finding new clients, your days are busy—26% of freelancers feel that time management is the biggest obstacle to their success (Contently, 2015). The last thing you want to do is spend hours staying up to date with your accounting.”
3. How to Handle an Unhappy Client
“Mishandling an unhappy client can have serious ramifications—65% of consumers have cut ties with a brand over a single bad customer service experience. It costs six times more to attract a new client compared to retaining an existing one, so client retention should be a priority.”
4. Take Control of Your Taxes
“In 2016, 80% of American millennials and 60% of adults were afraid of filing their taxes. Taking into account that the United States boasts one of the more complex tax systems in the world, it’s not surprising that so many people dislike tax time.”
Want to learn more? Sign up on Format.com to download your free, digital copy of How to Manage Your Creative Business.