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Becoming A Successful Design Freelancer

with Arianna Orland

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  •   01 What Freelancing Is & Isn't

  •   02 Skills to be a Great Freelancer


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About The Class

freelancing 101.

You need more than technical skills to make it as freelance designer. You have to know how to land projects and keep jobs over the long haul. Becoming a Successful Freelancer with Arianna Orland is your guide to managing the logistics of freelance life.

Arianna is a freelancer doing business in the saturated market of San Francisco and knows exactly what it takes to get and keep clients. In this class, she’ll cover the tips, tools, and strategies you need to have in place to be successful as a freelancer. 

This class covers:

  • Branding: Guidelines for creating a design language that’s right for you
  • Collateral: A roundup everything you need – website, business card, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Clients: Building your client list and keeping them happy
  • Finances: Keeping up on taxes and budgeting
  • Management: How to stay on top of your projects and time

Freelancing gives you the flexibility you won’t find in a 9-5, but it comes with a whole range of responsibilities. Find out how to prepare for those in Becoming a Successful Freelancer with Arianna Orland.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    What Freelancing Is & Isn't

  2. 02

    Skills to be a Great Freelancer

  3. 03

    Get Clear on What You Offer as a Freelancer

  4. 04

    The Money: Getting Started & What to Charge as a Freelancer

  5. 05

    Basic Collateral Needs for Freelancers

  6. 06

    Collateral Design for Freelancers

  7. 07

    Sherine Kazim: Creating Your Online Presence

  8. 08

    Resume, LinkedIn, & Portfolio Critiques

  9. 09

    Looking for Your First Freelance Project

  10. 10

    Questions to Ask Every Potential Freelance Client

  11. 11

    Types of Engagements for Freelancers

  12. 12

    Choosing the Right Client with Peter Nowell

  13. 13

    Managing Freelance Clients: Setting Boundaries

  14. 14

    Freelance Deliverables: A Job Well Done

  15. 15

    Mistakes, I've Made a Few with Carola Ponce


Meet Your Expert

Arianna Orland

Arianna is a world-class business leader, strategist, designer and educator, with over 15 years experience in blending creative vision and business objectives into beautiful, functional, and engaging experiences. She thrives in diverse, collaborative, cross-functional environments where new products, partnerships and ... read more

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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Will Vu

    Will Vu

    March 2015

    I watched the free live and can't help myself by purchasing this class. It's a valuable lesson from a humble and humorous Arianna. I love your presentation very much. Wish u the best. Thanks or bringing us this course, CreativeLive. !

  • Cherice Pope

    Cherice Pope

    June 2016

    Arianna gives real advice on deciding if the freelance lifestyle is right for you by describing what it's like, business skills you will need to learn, doing a gut check with yourself, how to get clients and promote yourself, and discussing a variety of experiences with other designers. She also goes in depth on differences between working at a company versus working with a company as a business. Her information is clear and wonderful. I greatly appreciate the time and effort put into making this valuable course.

  • sharmila


    March 2015

    Thank you Arianna for an informative course. Its heartening to know that there are other designers like me that don't come out of design school :) Your guests were a wealth of information as well, specially Peter's bulleted list.

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