Grow your creative business with these tips from 99U

Kelsey Bryant

Trying to take your career to the next level? This month we’re rounding up a series of six articles from 99U that help you do just that. From resume and portfolio building to attracting the right kind of clients, we hope these tips help build your freelance business!

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The 6 Fundamentals of Client Building

For many freelancers, the path to new clients is a bumpy one. Sometimes, successful prospecting can seem like a secret formula — or just plain luck. The reality‘s somewhere in between. Prospecting combines strategy, authentic relationship building, and throwing yourself in the path of opportunity. (read more)

Are You Ready To Be Lucky?

We’re at an interesting crossroads in terms of careers. We still want them, but they don’t exist anymore. In the US, the typical job tenure is now 4 years, with most workers cycling through about 11 jobs in their lifetime. The new era of work requires us to constantly reinvent ourselves and our jobs in an uncertain world. Find out how to stay on top of your game. (read more)

The Undeniable Allure of Potential

There’s a chance I’m about to write the most useful article you’ve read this year. Intrigued? If so, your reaction is consistent with a thought-provoking new study that shows we’re fascinated and impressed by claims about what a person might achieve. In other words, we’re seduced by potential. (read more)

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How To Break The Mold & Reinvent Your Resumé

It’s no secret that creativity matters. Yet when it comes to selling our own services – arguably the thing that matters most – we often set aside our creative superpowers, opting for a standardized resume instead. (read more)

Why You Should Treat Your Freelance Portfolio Like a Stock Portfolio

You can think of freelancing as volatile and risky, or as flexible and opportunity-rich. Doesn’t having multiple sources of income and multiple moneymaking skills sound less risky than putting all your eggs in one employer’s basket? Freelancing lets you shift gears when the world does.When you look at freelancing that way, the question becomes not “How can I keep the ups and downs from happening?” but “How can I ride the waves?” (read more)

How To Write an “About Me” Page That Gets You Hired

About pages are hard. You have one page to summarize who you are, what you do, and how you’re different in a clear, concise, and confident way. No big deal! Just tell us why you matter in two to five paragraphs, without bragging. (read more)

Have any other career building tips? Share them in the comments!

The author

Kelsey Bryant
Kelsey Bryant

Kelsey is 99designs' Designer Marketing Manager. Born and raised in a small town in Connecticut, she moved to San Francisco in 2009 with a degree in Strategic Communications from Elon University. When she’s not working with the designer community, you can find her exploring the city, taking weekend road trips, and soaking up that California sunshine.

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