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SFF 167: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: Project Pricing Hacks (So You Don’t Undercharge)

One of the most common topics students ask on freelancing in fashion is pricing. Do you charge hourly or by project? How do you know you’re getting paid enough? What do you tell clients when you end up working more than expected? If you can relate to any of these questions, this episode is for […]

SFF166: This Fashion Freelancer Changed ONE Thing On LinkedIn and Got More Clients

You’ve tried everything to get clients – Upwork, cold pitching, you name it. In this interview with Aashika, she shares the same sentiment and advice on how she handles this hardship. She also shares literally ONE thing that she changed on LinkedIn that not only got her more clients, but made them approach her! Plus, […]

SFF165: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: Balancing Motherhood, Work and Freelancing

We can all agree that no matter what you have going on – life can get really busy sometimes. Between your job(s), freelancing, social life, family life – the list goes on – it can get so difficult to keep track of everything while building a freelance fashion career. Productivity and time management skills are […]

SFF164: Breaking Back Into Fashion After Burnout

There are millions of reasons we might leave the fashion industry – burn out, starting a family, a big move, or just life in general… And I often find people asking if it’s possible to break back into the industry, whether they’re too outdated and not up with the trends, or that they don’t know […]

SFF163: Why Undercharging Is Killing Your Freelance Career

Setting your rates is one of the hardest aspects of freelancing, and it might be holding you back. Such was the case of Chad Robertson, a freelancer who was severely undercharging for his services in the book editing and formatting industry. After Heidi hired him for a freelance job to edit her first book, Chad […]

Freelance Technical Designer: How Do You Work Remote?

I originally wrote this as a guest post for Points of Measure but wanted to share it here too. Enjoy! It’s obvious that the pandemic made remote work more common, even in traditional “butts in seats” industries like fashion. But how in the heck do you work remotely as a freelance technical designer? For designers […]

The Surprising Truth About Which Fashion Industry Jobs Pay the Best

This guest post is written by Natalie from Points of Measure. I’m so excited to share her content and feature her on the SFD blog! Thanks Natalie for contributing. For more on this topic, you can read my other post on how much money you can make in the fashion industry and check out my […]

SFF162: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: Tips On Getting Started Without Experience

Everyone has to start somewhere in the fashion world. In this episode of the Successful Fashion Freelancer podcast, you’ll get to know Kayla Marshall – a fashion freelancer who didn’t go to fashion school, is totally self taught, and doesn’t have any formal industry experience. This can be suuuper daunting, but together we will talk […]

SFF161: Starting a Brand vs Freelancing: Which Is Better?

Starting your own brand is the dream for many – but it’s not a walk in the park. In this episode of the SFF podcast, Sofia Luzon recalls the late nights of sewing, packing & shipping, talking with suppliers, and more sewing for her lingerie brand. Not only was it overwhelming, but it took 5 […]

SFF160: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: How to Pick a Niche for Surface Pattern Designers (plus more on pitching & pricing)

Surface pattern design is a broad category that includes textile design and print and pattern design for all sorts of applications, from dishware to packaging to office supplies. If you’ve been listening to the SFF podcast for long, you know how important niching down is for finding freelance clients. But in such a diverse specialty, […]

SFF159: What Does a Freelance Fashion Designer Do? (It may surprise you!)

If you’re interested in freelancing in the fashion industry, but you don’t know where to start, this one’s for you! Learn what services freelancers can offer (spoiler alert: It’s way more than just “design”!), how to decide what YOUR services should be, and the secret that makes getting started as a freelancer 10X easier! Plus, […]

SFF158: How this Freelance Textile Designer Out-earned Her Salary (in Her First Year of Freelancing)

Struggling to find a job (even after attending a respected fashion school)? Stuck at a job that sucks the joy out of life (but feel like it’s your only option)? Laid off (and not sure if fashion is worth the struggle anymore)? If you’re fed up with the fashion industry, but don’t want to give […]

Pros And Cons Of Freelancing In Fashion: Is It Worth It?

As the pandemic normalized remote work, there has been an increase in opportunities for freelancing in fashion. If you’re thinking about being a freelancer, it’s important to know the pros and cons. Like anything in fashion, including having a job or starting a clothing line, there are advantages and disadvantages. If you’re unsure whether a […]

Fashion Design Career Advancement (The Secret Path To A Promotion That No One Knows About)

The fashion industry is competitive AF. And while there are a kajillion generic articles out there on “fashion design career advancement”… All they do is outline roles and salaries from the Bureau of Labor Statistics… And they’re written by “copywriters” who have never actually worked in fashion… And they’re filled with inaccurate industry claims…  (Like […]

SFF157: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What to Do When a Client Ghosts Me (and How to Charge for Meetings + Phone Calls)

Are you charging too much as a fashion freelancer? Money is one of the most awkward subjects for many newer fashion freelancers, and a fair rate can deter some clients. But your time is valuable! If you’re setting or raising your freelance rates and worried that charging what you’re worth will scare potential clients away, […]

Freelancing In Fashion Without Experience: Is It A Good Idea?

For a long time, I didn’t advise people to start freelancing in fashion until they had some work experience. But after the pandemic hit, I changed my opinion. It turned out that full-time jobs, especially for people who didn’t have any industry experience yet, were really hard to get. Shit, they were hard to get […]

Is Fashion A Good Career? The Surprising Truth…

From an outsider’s perspective, fashion can seem like a good career. Project Runway paints a pretty glamorous picture of frolicking in fabric and watching your designs go down the runway. But what’s it really like working in the industry, and is fashion actually a good career? First, we have to talk about what the word […]

SFF156: How to Source Fabrics for Your Freelance Clients

Whether you’re new to the fashion industry or you’ve only worked for bigger brands, sourcing fabrics and trims for smaller brands can be a daunting task for many freelancers. How do you find fabric suppliers with low minimums? How do you know if a fabric supplier is any good? And what are the basic steps […]

How To Get Money For Your Startup Clothing Line (Without Going Into Debt)

Starting a clothing line takes money. Probably more than you realize. So how can you get money for your startup fashion brand without borrowing (and going into debt)? Most articles share obvious advice like: Take out a bank loan (terrible idea) Put it on a credit card (even worse idea) Crowdfund on Kickstarter or GoFundMe […]

4 Reasons Starting a Clothing Brand Isn’t a Good Idea (and what’s actually profitable in fashion)

Most people think that starting a clothing brand is a really good idea. Curated Instagram feeds make it seem like having a clothing line is glamorous and profitable and all the awesome things. Big name celebrities poop clothing lines out on the regular. It looks cool AF. So no wonder you think starting a brand […]

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