Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business

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As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business. Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their ...

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Overview

As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business. Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780811871617
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 184,732
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Meg Mateo Ilasco started her freelance business, Mateo Ilasco, in 2005 and is the author of Craft, Inc. and the Craft, Inc. Business Planner. Meg lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joy Deangdeelert Cho launched her design business, Oh Joy!, in 2005. She works with clients nationwide and authors an award-winning design blog. Joy lives in Philadelphia.

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

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    A smart, practical guide for would-be freelancers

    When my sister and I run the world, all college students, no matter their chosen field, will take a basic business course as part of the mandatory freshman curriculum. Having zero business skills is a good way to invalidate any degree. In the freelance world, there's much more to staying financially afloat than having all the necessary skills to pull off excellent work.

    Creative, Inc. is a crash course in business for creative folk, and it's refreshing to read authors who don't pretend starting a freelance business is simple. It's not.

    Authors Mateo Ilasco and Cho hit every key point a person needs to build a start-up creative business, including a superb mix of practical advice and personal success stories.

    With well-rounded advice for beginning freelancers, even those who've already leapt into freelancing will find help navigating the dark waters of taxes, billing, finding clients, and other business practicalities. Written in a neighborly tone, you'll find solid, practical advice from the authors, who tackle issues like establishing your hourly rate and hiring employees from an educated perspective. Author interviews with a range of seasoned professionals - from prop stylist to designer to photographer - offer alternate views on how to get started and what worked for them.

    The spirit of invention is only one ingredient in a successful business venture. Drive counts more than your skillset and talent level. If you're already motivated, Creative Inc. offers everything else you'll need to begin freelancing full time.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Must read for anyone looking to start a freelance biz

    I'm only 4 chapters into this book so far and I am so glad I purchased this book. As a budding photographer hoping to make a career change to full-time portrait photographer in the next few years, this book has been indispensable in that it has helped me to put everything in to perspective. Starting a small, freelance biz is daunting to say the least but this book is definitely a help in making sure you have all your ducks in a row (or at least know everything that goes into starting a small biz).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Great Book on Freelance!!!!

    I've read several books on freelance design work and this book is by far the best!!! The authors speak English and not technical design language. The interviews in the book are very helpful also! It's a great read to help you build the confidence to move forward in your freelance career... Good luck and work hard... you will achieve your dreams!!!

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