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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 […]

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 […]

How to Work Part-Time in the Fashion Industry

Working in the fashion industry can feel like a dream. But the challenge is that most fashion design jobs are full-time, not part-time.  And we’re not talking cushy comfortable 40hr full-time weeks. We’re talking grueling and demanding 60-80hr weeks. (Even though your salary is based on 40hrs. #eyeroll) The long hours our industry demands make […]

How to Get Into the Fashion Industry Without Going to School

Getting into the fashion industry without going to school may seem impossible. And while there’s a lot of traditional advice out there about finding internships, volunteering at fashion week, and reading magazines… It’s hard to follow that advice because… Most internships are run through school programs. So how are you supposed to do that without […]

What does a self-employed fashion designer do?

The role of a self-employed fashion designer is something you define. As a freelancer, your job is to do what clients need, within your skillset. This can be anything from drawing fashion flats, designing, picking colors + trends, creating tech packs, patternmaking, sourcing, product development, and more. When you’re a self-employed fashion designer, you call […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Freelance Fashion Designer

Whether you didn’t go to fashion school, are a recent grad without any experience, or you’re still a student…you’re a beginner in the world of fashion. Which means if you want to become a freelance fashion designer, you need a step-by-step guide.  Like, yesterday. I gotchu.  We’re going to cover the actual steps you need […]

Creative Jobs in the Fashion Industry: The Best Role You Didn’t Know Existed

When it comes to creative jobs in the fashion industry, most people think of things like design and trend forecasting. And at a glance, those are the obvious “creative” roles. You get to work with color, look for inspiration, and create new silhouettes But you know what happens when you work in a creative job […]

Best Countries for Fashion Design Jobs: Where Should You Live?

Becoming a fashion designer is a dream for many. But what if you don’t live in the best country for fashion design jobs? Should you migrate abroad? Move your family across the globe? Venture somewhere internationally to start your dream career? There are a ton of articles out there that tell you what countries are […]

What Do You Do In A Fashion Internship? (And Do You Really Need One?)

If you want to work in fashion, all the popular advice on google says “get an internship!” And while internships in fashion are a great way to get your foot in the door and gain some experience, they’re not accessible for many people. First, what if you don’t live in a fashion hub? There aren’t […]

Can’t Find A Fashion Internship? Here’s What You Can Do Instead.

Everyone says the best way to break into fashion is by getting an internship. But what they don’t tell you is how hard it is to get one, especially if you don’t have a network from fashion school or any experience. So what can you do instead?  You have options! You have alternatives! And the […]

SFF155: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: I Have 15 Clients and Am on the Struggle Bus

On the surface, it sounds like Krystal has it all—a thriving freelance biz, FIFTEEN solid clients, and a connection that regularly sends her more work. The problem? Her 15 clients are all in different niches, from hunting & fishing to swimwear to golf. Krystal’s killing it and her clients love her, but switching between so […]

How to Get Ahead in the Fashion Industry

Most Advice On How To Get Ahead In The Fashion Industry Is Junk It’s generic, obvious, and could be applied to any industry. Top google search results tell you to get internships, keep track of your skills, identify your dream career, and be present online. Like how the eff is that intangible list of to […]

SFF154: How She Became a Freelance Fashion Illustrator + Designer (and sent a $4500 invoice!)

“I can’t freelance—I need a stable job.” One of the biggest misconceptions about freelancing in fashion is that it’s feast or famine. So many people imagine freelancers stuck in an endless job hunt, never knowing where their next project is coming from (or if they’ll get one at all!). But the truth is that, when […]

SFF153: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What to Do When You’re Stuck and Can’t Find Enough Time

One of the MOST common reasons aspiring fashion freelancers put off building their freelance career is not having enough time. There’s this myth that you need to find a two-hour block of time every day to “hustle” and “work your business.” And the only way most of us mortals can carve out time like that […]

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