Adam Grason // The Freelancer Life Exposed

Episode 283. Airs Wednesday, April 24 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT.

Are you Self-Taught? Aren’t we all in some areas?
Do you think you might spend too much time on Social Media, or creating posts for Social Media?
Are you a freelancer? Have you been one for over 10 years?
Is your goal to be a freelancer and want to know how Adam Grason has been able to do it for so long?
Do you have multiple streams of income? Do you know how to get started in building multiple streams?
Do your career goals line up with your passions and beliefs?
Is it important for you to do life / work on your terms?
Do you have multiple regular or retainer clients? Or are all your eggs in one basket?
Is it important for you to have time for your family but struggle to break away from work, or really take time off during holidays and vacations?
Well this week’s guest has some wisdom to share on these subjects

This week I am excited to have Adam Grason on the show. Adam is a designer, illustrator, full-time freelancer, and entrepreneur. He is self-taught and a quick-learner. He started designing and illustrating in high school and hasn’t stopped. Which is part of the life of a full-time freelancer. He has not had the smoothest road, but he hasn’t let the road win, he has continued on his journey through poverty and depression. Tune in to hear his story of hope.

I hope you will join me for this Rapid Recharge episode of Design Recharge LIVE on Wednesday, January 16 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT.

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Follow Adam:

Website: http://studiograson.com/
https://Instagram.com/adamgrason
https://dribbble.com/adamgrason
https://www.behance.net/Zadok44
https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-grason-aa583023/
https://twitter.com/AdamGrason

Show notes:

Coming after the show airs.

 

Recharging You helps freelancing creatives find and utilize their strengths and guides them in reaching your business and creative goals.

Our goal is to inspire, motivate, and guide creatives in order to realize and apply each individual’s expertise through training, coaching, and creative activities.

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Blair Enns // Win Without Pitching

Episode 293. Airs Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

 

This week I am stoked to have someone who has shaken up the business of design so much with his insight and wisdom, Blair Enns. He comes from the other side, the non-design side, but has a LOVE for designers and creatives. He is an amazing writer and wise soul. He speaks so much truth in his book, Win Without Pitching. Blair teaches creatives how to position themselves as the expert and by doing this we are able to charge more for our services which allows us to leave the desperation mentality and swim into the deep end.

Have you ever felt bad for what you are charging?

Have you ever felt like you are having to sell your services and feel sleezy because you really need to pay this bill and you REALLY need this new client?

Have you ever felt like once again you under-bid yourself?

Have you ever thought about focusing in on one area of design and felt nauseous because you think it will hurt your business if you niché down?

This episode is going to be a little different because I did not send him any questions, at his request. So truly an off-the-cuff interview. There will be some seriously challenging mind shifts in this episode. And he will share insights into why creatives have a hard time understanding and charging our worth for our services.

Ways to follow Blair

https://winwithoutpitching.com
Book: pricingcreativity.com

Win Without Pitching Manifesto book

Creative South Mix Tape 2019

Fuel Side A

These are songs that lift us up, give us strength, they are stories of fearlessness, these are songs we play to get motivated and feel alive. Cassette drawing by @kirstenhollanddesigns

Find this playlist on Spotify at: Check out Side A (Fuel) at http://bit.ly/CS19-FUEL

 

Jodi Miller: Vertigo by U2
Naomi Gee: Better When I’m Dancin’ by Meghan Trainor
Meena Khalili: Jump in the Line by Harry Belafonte
Kim Panella: Sweeter than This by Katie Herzig
Nick Brito: Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
Amy Lyons: Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
Brian Yohn: Freelance by Toro y Moi
Jeremy Rivers: Fashion Of His Love by Lady Gaga
Will Truran: Violent by Daniel Folgado
Maura McDonald: Nearly Lost You by the ScreamingTrees
Dave Clayton: Energy Never Dies by The Script
Brian White: Hit Parade by Mutemath
Vickie Gibbs: joy. by For King and Country
Nate Bear: No Face by Suicide Machines
Kirsten Holland: what’s up? by 4 Non Blondes
Doc Reed: Gone with the Wind by Muncie Girls
Suzanne Sarver: Eminence Front by The Who
Dustin Lee: Let’s Go Crazy by Prince
Chris Do: Sunflower-Spider-man into the spiderverse by Post Malone
diane gibbs: Ford Econoline by Nanci Griffith
diane gibbs: I will wait by Mumford & Sons
Doc Reed: http://bit.ly/DocReed-FUEL (doc made his own list)

 

Flow Side B

This is a list created by members of the Design Recharge Community. This list sustains creative flow states for us. These songs are great for when you are working and need music that is helps you stay deep in your design flow. Cassette drawing by @kirstenhollanddesigns

Find this playlist on Spotify at: http://bit.ly/CS19-FLOW

Jodi Miller: In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
Naomi Gee: Mountain Song by Little Chief
Kim Panella: Come Out and Play by Billie Eilish
Nick Brito: Feel it All Around by Washed Out
Amy Lyons: Kit Kat Jam by Dave Matthews Band
Meena Khalili: Grace for Saints and Ramblers by Iron & Wine
Brian Yohn: On Kastanienallee by Vector Lovers
Jeremy Rivers: Cup of Tea by Kacey Musgraves
Will Truran: Vicious Cycle by Will Lauzon
Maura McDonald: Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots
Dave Clayton: Bad Leroy Brown (featuring Keith Richards) by Johnny Clayton
Brian White: Show me by Gawvi
Vickie Gibbs: The Whole of the Moon by The Waterboys
Nate Bear: Dripping by Blonde Redhead
Kirsten Holland: Hemlock Grove by Nathan Barr
Doc Reed: Better than I Used to Be by Mat Kearney
Suzanne Sarver: Planet Caravan by Black Sabbath
Dustin Lee: Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince live NOT Sinead O’Connor)
Chris Do: Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major by Frédéric Chopin
diane gibbs: Black Bird by The Beatles
Doc Reed: http://bit.ly/DocReed-FLOW (doc made his own list)

 

Guarantee Success

Episode 292. Airs Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Or listen here: https://soundcloud.com/rechargingyou/rapid-recharge-not-afraid-to-fail-guarantee-success

 

This episode almost didn’t happen. I am honestly tired and I just had spring break. But Spring Break was awesome. I got a lot of work done for some clients and I feel great about it. But it meant some late nights. I also made time to meet some new friends and get to know them better. This episode is going to focus on how I look at success and set myself up for success when I plan an event, client presentations, or even going out and trying something new.
Because what IF you plan something, launch something, create something and no one buys, no one shows up. What if there are only crickets?
We are going to talk about looking at the goals in a new way, having realistic expectations, and catering to crickets. When you look at failure head-on and challenge it, you take it’s power away. I want to show you how collaboration, mentoring, perspective shifts, and chasing after failure has helped me get more success than I ever would have prepared for.
Hope you will join me for my “crickets” episode. I am going to show you how I have adjusted my mindset to pursue failing with a fury and how that has helped my podcast grow.
How can you reach the audience you have? How can you reach the audience you want? How can you understand your ideal clients?

Beth Inglish // ReDefine, ReInvent, & ReLaunch

Episode 290. Aired Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Have you ever felt you were walking in someone else’s shoes, living a life that you didn’t feel was true to your soul?

Have you felt for some time that your life has taken me in different directions, but aren’t sure how to pursue the dream life you have always imagined?

Do you welcome hard work, because you believe nothing worth something comes easy?

Have you wanted to find a group of creatives to learn and grow with?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, get ready to be inspired. Get ready to hear a story of someone who completely changed direction and followed her calling. And get ready to hear about how Beth Inglish is learning, growing, and pursuing the life she is creating.

This week I will introduce you to Beth Inglish, a painter, marketing consultant, designer, speaker, community builder, and entrepreneur. She has created a group for creatives in Nashville.

Or listen here

 

Follow Beth:

Website: http://bethinglish.com
Art Website: https://binglishart.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/binglishart
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bethinglish/
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bethinglish/

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My favorite way to build websites is with the Elementor Plugin that works with almost any theme. Making almost any theme invincible, this plugin has changed the way I have been able to design websites. This plugin is the elementor plugin. Where other plugins fell short elementor used common sense and was so easy to understand and implement with.

I am loving the elementor plugin, total game changer. Use this affiliate link to purchase the plan right for you. http://bit.ly/DRelementor

My favorite theme to use which works great with the Elementor plugin is the Elegant Themes’ Divi theme. Talk about making custom web design easy. It is the only theme I need. Based off of a grid system and now with a visual builder, you can now customize your website super easy with this wordpress theme. You can pay per year or do what I did and do the lifetime membership at $250 then you can put it on as many websites as you want.

Check it out here:

http://bit.ly/dianelovesDIVI

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

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Interviewed on Logo Geek with Ian Paget

 

I am blessed to have such amazing friends who find me interesting enough to talk with. Ian Paget is one of those people I love chatting with and am reminded we should do it more often.

He is an inspiration to me. I think he is a Fear Stomper. Nothing holds him back. If you want to listen to my interview on his podcast Logo Geek, check out the link here. Or you can listen on Spotify here: Number 4.4

 

Veronique Zayas // The Business Beyond Freelancing

Episode 289. Aired March 6, 2019. 

 

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We covered these topics this week:

How many hours a week do you work? Too many?

Does your output match your input?

Have you had to expand your idea of your ideal business?

Have you thought about adding another designer on full time but don’t know where to start?

Have you put your passion project to work for you?

Do you know how to start integrating things you are learning into offerings for your clients?

This week we will find out what keeps Veronique Zayas energized and how she has created a killer business model in a small market. She has created a boutique design agency in Pensacola Florida and is a cornerstone for the creatives in that city. Veronique’s energy is contagious and her business savvy is undeniable.

Follow Veronique:

Hatchmarkstudio.com

Instagram.com/hatchmarkstudio

 

Show Notes:

Want to get in touch with Veronique? Email her at veronique [at] hatchmarkstudio.com