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SFF173: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: How to Ask for Referrals to Get Consistent Income

Referrals are one of the best ways to grow your freelance business but they don’t just fall in your lap!  If you’ve ever struggled with the confidence to ask for a referral or have trouble finding the right time or words to say, then this episode is for you!  Meghan is joining me as we […]

How to Work from Home in Fashion (without becoming a fashion blogger or personal stylist)

The pandemic changed the remote work world forever. And while a lot of old school brands still believe in the “butts in seats” model, there are still plenty of opportunities to work from home in fashion. There are a plethora of articles out there that talk about some of the more “obvious” work from home […]

SFF172: How This Freelance Fashion Designer Landed a $10k Project on Upwork

Being a fashion freelancer has some great things to offer, but what about the tasks that seem really intimidating? In this episode, Stayce and I are jumping into these intimidating tasks head first (literally…we’re going to be tackling mindset!)   Find out how Stayce wraps her mind around tackling some of these intimidating tasks and landed […]

SFF171: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: WTF Do I Put In A Tech Pack Portfolio?

We’ve all been there – struggling to figure out what in the world to include in your tech pack portfolio, what NOT to include, what’s relevant and irrelevant… That’s why Christina and I work through exactly what her goals are and how to create the optimal portfolio to attract the right brands while doing the […]

SFF170: From Factory Worker to Successful Fashion Freelancer

On this episode of the Successful Fashion Freelancer Podcast, we bring on Darci, who took an interest to sewing at a young age and followed her interests to fashion school. But, after moving to Florida, USA she quickly found that the only market for her skillset was in factories as a seamstress. This didn’t stop […]

SFF169: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: When Brands Keep Saying “Not Now, Maybe Later”

Have you ever wondered how much is too much when reaching out to brands? You want to be a proactive freelancer and let it be known that you’re available for projects, but the clients keep giving you the old “not now, maybe later” and you don’t want to be overbearing…What do you do?  This episode […]

SFF168: How This Freelancer Quadrupled Her Income (and took 2 months off)

Can you imagine having the flexibility and resources to just simply… take 2 months off from work? Well, in this episode of the Successful Fashion Freelancer podcast, I bring back a former FAST: Freelance Accelerator student and we discuss how she did just that. And get this: she funded it by quadrupling her income as […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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