The Fearful Freelancer: 05 Mindset Tips to Help Your Business Grow When I embarked on my freelancing journey in 2002, I was gripped by fear. My wife was not employed at the time, we had two children, and the weight of a California-sized mortgage payment loomed over me. The overwhelming…
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I built and sold my creative agency. Now I'm on a mission to help you build yours.
I grew my creative agency through trauma and toil. No mentor. No online courses. Just me trying to figure it out. Fortunately I made more right decisions than wrong and I sold my successful agency in 2015. In 2018, after billing more than $30,000,000, I left my agency to fulfill my true passion. I want to be the creative mentor I always wished I’d had. I’m sharing every system, process, template and strategy that led to my success to help you in your journey as a freelancer or agency owner. Learn more about my journey.
Books by Michael Janda
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.
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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Biz Buds is value-packed weekly discussion from successful creative entrepreneurs Mike Janda and Tom Ross. They share their journeys from struggling freelancers to both running multi 7-figure businesses, and the lessons picked up along the way.
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How to Make Your Price Seem Small – Price Anchoring Scripts Price anchoring refers to the tendency people have to use the first price presented to make subsequent judgments about the size of other prices. In the example below you see three cars advertised. The Audi is $48,99, the Buick…
The Client Won’t Reply – Email This The project was going smoothly, and then, all of a sudden, a day goes by with no response. One quiet day turns into two, then five, then two weeks, and no response to your check-ins. If you work in the creative industry long…
The 10 Minute Project Update Email That Will Spare You (and Your Client) Emotional Agony Transitioning out of the day to day operations of my agency was a scary step. What will the clients think? How I will make sure they are confident that my team is on top of…
The Project Is Ending and the Client Wants More Changes – Help! You’ve been working on a project and the client keeps asking for more and more changes. They have exceeded the number of rounds you included in your agreement and you need to push back and start charging more for…
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