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I am Michael Janda, agency veteran, business coach, and best-selling author of Burn Your Portfolio. I share systems and strategies to help creative freelancers and agencies run their businesses with confidence and make more money. Don’t miss my daily content for creative freelancers on Instagram!

Business Coaching for Creatives

I grew my business from solo freelancer in my basement in 2002 to an agency which I sold in 2015. I’ve billed more than $30 million in creative work for clients including Disney, Google, ABC, NBC, and Fox. My customized and affordable approach to business coaching will yield results for your business.

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UX Design: A course by Michael Janda in partnership with Skillbox

UX Design with Michael Janda is a series of video lectures prepared in collaboration with producers and methodologists from “Skillbox” in Moscow. My course offers more than 15 hours of UX content created to help you progress in a career as a UX designer.

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Follow Me on Instagram

My Instagram channel is growing by more than 10,000 followers per month. I post daily advice for creative freelancers and agencies, proprietary content that cannot be found anywhere else. Come join the party and level up your creative career.

New Book: The Psychology of Graphic Design Pricing

When it comes to pricing their work, most designers are just pulling numbers out of thin air hoping to make a profit. This book changes that. No more guessing. Price your graphic design work with confidence. Win more bids. Make more money. I will show you how.

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How to Analyze a New Project Opportunity

Learn the 20 things you should analyze when considering a new project opportunity. This is the best version of something I used at my agency for the past decade. You can KNOW in advance which projects will be winners and which will be losers. Watch the videos and download the FREE PDF.

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New YouTube Channel for Creative Freelancers and Agencies

I am thrilled to announce the release of my new YouTube channel where I share systems and strategies to help creative freelancers and agencies run their businesses with confidence and earn more money. Check it out!

Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don’t teach you in design school, but should

Why do some amazing designers struggle to accomplish great things and other mediocre designers find great success? Hard work? Being in the right place at the right time? Sheer blind luck? If you want to learn how to design, go to design school. If you want to learn how to work in design, read this book.

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Keynote Speaking

Let’s talk about business, or design…or maybe the business of design. I have been privileged to speak at venues around the world including HOW Design Live, AIC Design Day Moscow, AIGA Events, Ad Fed Events, Graphic Artist Guild as well as numerous universities and corporate events including a national keynote for Mercedes-Benz.

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Working as an International Designer

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Working as an International Designer // Michael Janda and Lubos Volkov // Lubos is a talented designer in the Czech Republic and a successful freelance UX designer working with clients…

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

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Dealing with Imposter Syndrome // Michael Janda with Elizé Todd. - Michael Janda and Elize Todd discuss imposter syndrome and how to get over it! The truth is that everyone…

How to Stand Out as a Junior Designer

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How to Stand Out as a Junior Designer // Michael Janda and Elize Todd discuss techniques that can help you stand out as a junior designer. Be sure to look…