The Free­lance Show is a blog cov­er­ing all aspects of start­ing and grow­ing a suc­cess­ful free­lance busi­ness. Run­ning a free­lance busi­ness can be a chal­lenge for cre­ative types. From how to price ser­vices to how to get clients, there are lots of ques­tions that go uncov­ered in design school. The Free­lance Show strives to be the resource that can help answer those ques­tions and walk you through the busi­ness and mar­ket­ing aspects you need to be successful.

In addi­tion to the busi­ness and mar­ket­ing aspects of free­lanc­ing, there are many mind­set issues that are also impor­tant to suc­cess. How do you han­dle pro­cras­ti­na­tion? Do you have a rou­tine that gets each day off to a great start? Does the idea of net­work­ing or cold-calling make you want to move to some unin­hab­ited island? Do you accept some ideas as fact sim­ply because of how you were brought up? There are some pow­er­ful top­ics that need to be addressed in order to become suc­cess­ful in busi­ness (and in life too!).


Who is it for?

Graphic design­ers, web design­ers, writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, illustrators—any cre­ative pro­fes­sional who wants to escape the 9–5 and build the free­lance busi­ness of their dreams. Chances are if you are sit­ting there read­ing this, then the Free­lance Show is for you!


Who is this guy?

neil-photoHi, my name is Neil Brown. I am a free­lance graphic designer and web designer with over 12 years expe­ri­ence as Cre­ative Direc­tor in the pub­lish­ing indus­try. I love design and I enjoy teach­ing and men­tor­ing oth­ers. Through­out my career in design, I enjoyed hir­ing and men­tor­ing design­ers just out of col­lege and help­ing them learn the ropes. I also teach Graphic Design at a local com­mu­nity col­lege and am on the advi­sory board for the Graphic Design pro­gram. So the Free­lance Show is a nat­ural pro­gres­sion for me—a way I can con­tribute to the design com­mu­nity and help oth­ers along their path to liv­ing the free­lance lifestyle.

Even though I free­lanced through­out my entire career while work­ing as a Cre­ative Direc­tor, I had lots of ques­tions about run­ning a design busi­ness. I learned by doing, which means mak­ing errors and learn­ing by mis­take. I’ve always had a pas­sion to read every book, mag­a­zine arti­cle and blog post I could on free­lanc­ing, mar­ket­ing and busi­ness. I also learned to look objec­tively at my own processes, strengths and weak­nesses in an ongo­ing quest to grow my business.

You can also learn more about me and view some of my snazzy work on my free­lance web­site, Brown Adver­tis­ing, LLC.

On a per­sonal note, I enjoy spend­ing time with my wife and two young daugh­ters, which is one of rea­sons I am so pas­sion­ate about free­lanc­ing. It’s the busi­ness that allows me to work from home and have the flex­i­bil­ity to spend time with my fam­ily and do the things I enjoy.

I hope you enjoy the blog and con­tribute your views by com­ment­ing on my blog posts.



Neil Brown
Founder, the Free­lance Show


So what’s the deal with the car­toon guy?

I guess he’s my alter ego—just bet­ter dressed and he doesn’t have to worry about his hair­line reced­ing. Plus he reminds me it’s OK to not always take myself too seri­ously and have some fun with what you love!


Are sweater vests still in fashion?

I dunno. Really. Why are you ask­ing me that any­way? Don’t you have some free­lance projects to attend to?

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