Coaching for Creatives

Are you a creative entrepreneur working tons of hours without much profit to show for it? Do you feel stuck and unsure how to grow your creative agency? Is your freelance business bursting at the seams but you’re afraid to take it to the next level? I feel you. I’ve been in your shoes. I can help.

My Approach to Coaching

When I started my full-time freelance career in 2002, I was a ship lost at sea with no rudder, no map, and no compass. I didn’t understand the dynamics of my business. I didn’t know how to price or contract my work. I didn’t know how to transition from freelancer to agency. I had no mentor, no guidance, but I figured it out. I grew from my freelance basement office to a multi-million dollar, Inc. 5000 winning agency with a full-time staff of 20 creatives working out of a studio I owned. I sold my agency in 2015 and now dedicate my time to helping creative entrepreneurs grow their creative businesses. I am on a mission to be the mentor I always wish I’d had. 

Everything is customized for you. I don’t have a set program that I take you through. I examine the current state of your business and customize my approach to fit your specific needs and challenges. I will never try to hard sell you into bigger packages or long term contracts.

Our coaching sessions will be held over 1:1 Zoom calls. Each call will be recored for your reference and review. I love working with creatives all over the world and I would love to work with you!

Currently Not Accepting New Students

Over the past two years, I have done more than 600 coaching sessions with more than 100 creative entrepreneurs. At this time, I am not accepting new students, but I expect to accept new students again in the future. If you would like to be notified when coaching availability opens up, please enter your email in the form below.

Are we already working together?

Have we already had coaching sessions or a mentoring package? I won’t leave you hanging. Send me an email and I’ll send you a link to schedule a session.

Kaltrina FeriziCreative Director, Adlantica

I can't believe how far I've come after my coaching sessions with Michael! He has completely changed the way that I think about myself as a creative by teaching me the skills I needed to go from being a designer to a creative director. I now have the confidence to walk in client meetings and sit on the decision-making table. My boss thinks that the coaching sessions with Michael Janda are the best investment we ever made!

Lorilee RagerPrincipal + CCO, Thrive Creative Group

Starting a design firm was really scary. I knew how to make logos and make clients laugh and that was about it. Mike's personal one-on-one coaching, listening and guidance from his real world experience sharing were incredibly helpful. His nuggets on how to manage my business, juggling clients and contracts, and looking at the numbers really did improve every aspect of my life. He helped me understand the bookkeeping bottom line, and with his coaching my firm grew from a team of 2 to 9. We landed solid contracts from his tips on talking to clients, we now know our numbers and have a successful firm turning 15 years old this month! He's simply the kindest and truly authentic professional in the business who I highly recommend.

Rebecca WorsleyCEO, Rainy City Marketing

Since working with Michael, I have transformed the way I run my business, I have doubled on my conversions and sales with his help. We worked together to build out each process I needed for my business as well as ensuring I had all the key components in my contract to submit to clients, this has increased my conversions massively. I feel very lucky to have met Michael and look forward to continue working together with him and growing my agency.

Peter CarterDirector, Rainy City Marketing

Michael’s coaching sessions provide invaluable advice and experience that would take us years to figure out ourselves in our Shopify Design and Development Agency. He listens to our goals and current situation and provides super easy to follow steps to stay on the right track, without overwhelm.

Karina ChocronPrincipal & Creative Director, Vertical Loop

Thanks to Michael guidance and support I'm growing my business faster, with more confidence, and a clear direction. Mike's advice is practical, easy to apply, and life saving! Our weekly sessions help me discuss important challenges, learn new tactics, and keep me motivated. Having a mentor that understands the design industry and its challenges is crucial to me, Mike cares as a partner and feels close as a friend.

Mehrab RezaFounder & CEO, Adlantica

As an agency owner, I was unsure about making key decisions around growth and strategy. I trusted Michael because he has decades of experience building a successful agency but more importantly, he cares. He went above and beyond to guide me and I have learned so much by observing his example as a leader, businessman, and friend. Thank you for your kindness, Michael.

Mark WonderlinFounder, Mosaic Media Films

I’ve hired 3 different coaches in the past and all of them were a total nightmare. Then about a year later……my best friend was telling me about this guy, Michael Janda. He said, he had like a 2 hour chat with him and it completely changed his approach on how is was going to run his business! Michael and I have been working with each other for months and it was been massive for me personally and professionally. He’s been an awesome resource to help bounce ideas off of, he helps keep me accountable, and has given me a clear direction on the steps I need to take to reach my goals. He helped me implement a weekly sales tracking system so I can determine where the business is coming from and what additional investments I need to make to help drive more business. He’s guided me through a strategic, “post-project process” that I never would have thought of. With his awesome design background, he helped are refine my presentations which helped me land a MASSIVE client, who literally said, “I love the way you have this all laid out, this is exactly what we were hoping.” His Calendly is “More Janda” - which is how I feel!! MORE JANDA!!