Tag: Freelance

What is a Technical Designer in the Fashion Industry? (and how do I become one?)

Explore the role of a technical designer in the fashion industry. Learn what a TD does and how to become one (while working remotely from home!).

181: The Secret to Get New Clients on Autopilot for Your Freelance Fashion Design Business

Unlock your fashion design freelancer potential with expert tips on getting clients on autopilot, offering solutions, and helping your clients’ success!

How to Raise Your Freelance Rates in Fashion (with scripts)

Learn how to confidently raise your rates as a freelance fashion designer. Get tips & word-for-word scripts on negotiation, crafting a pitch, and implementing a rate increase cycle.

Upwork Proposal Cover Letter for Fashion Designers (with samples)

Learn how to create winning Upwork proposals for freelance fashion designers. Get expert tips, guides, and samples to secure fashion design jobs from clients all over the world.

179: Illegal “freelance” fashion design jobs…

Before accepting your next fashion design “freelance” gig, make sure it’s not illegal. Here’s how to tell if it’s a real freelance job or exploitative.

3 Fashion Design Side Hustles You Can Start With No Money

If you love fashion, a fashion design side hustle is a great option to get a balance between your day job and passion while making extra money. Cha-ching!

Best Freelance Sites for Fashion Designers (from 500+ fashion freelancers)

What are the best freelance sites for fashion designers? I surveyed 500+ fashion freelancers and found the REAL answer. It might surprise you.

5 Steps to Become a Freelance Fashion Designer

Becoming a freelance fashion designer comes down to just FIVE steps. The process may seem overwhelming and intimidating, and of course there are nuances, but it’s really simple. Here are the 5 steps to become a freelance fashion designer: Here’s a more detailed look at all five steps to become a freelance fashion designer. Click […]

Protect Yourself: Freelance Fashion Designer Contract (Free Template!)

When it comes to being a freelance fashion designer, you want to make sure you protect yourself and get paid. Luckily, there are some really easy things you can do (without hiring a lawyer) in your invoices and contracts to cover your butt. And yes, I’m going to give you a free contract template just […]

What Does a Freelance Fashion Designer Do?

A lot of people wonder, what does a freelance fashion designer do? The list is long, and it’s way more than just “design”! Whether you’re starting without experience or have been in the industry for years, you have a lot of options when it comes to deciding what to do as a fashion freelancer. Here […]

What’s more profitable: starting a clothing line or freelancing in fashion?

Wanna work for yourself in fashion AND make money? There’s only one way to do it… Having your own clothing line can feel like a dream. Come up with some ideas, get them manufactured, and start selling. How hard can it be? But if you want to actually make money, starting a clothing line is […]

SFF138 How She Did It: A Fashion Freelancer with No Industry Experience

“It’s practically impossible to break into fashion.” If you’ve ever believed this myth, you’re not alone. And that’s how today’s guest, Brittany, felt after she graduated from fashion school. For 15 years, Brittany couldn’t get her break. But within two months of launching her freelance career, Brittany has already landed her first client and completed […]

SFF137 Fashion Freelancer Q&A: I feel like I’m losing my skills and confidence…

If you’ve ever felt rusty or worried that you’re losing your edge in your fashion career, this episode is for you. Tina is a freelancer in Germany. Coming from the activewear category, she now exclusively designs workwear, and loves it! But will her workwear clients notice that she’s “lost” her activewear skills? And how can […]

SFF136 Creating Stability and Fulfillment as a Fashion Freelancer

You shouldn’t have to choose between your fashion career and your family. That “9 to 5” (more like 7 AM to 10 PM!) corporate job might feel stable and safe, but sometimes sticking with what you know isn’t worth the trade off. As a freelancer, you CAN build a stable, fulfilling career in fashion–and still […]

SFF135 Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What should my services be? (The skills I have or what I LOVE?)

As a freelancer in fashion, should you offer the skills you already know how to do well, or learn new skills so you can do what you really love? Some aspiring freelancers get so stuck on this question that they end up doing neither (and putting off their freelance goals yet another year… or two… […]

SFF134 How to Be a Remote Freelance Patternmaker

Freelance patternmaker Alexandra doesn’t have a fashion degree, and she doesn’t live in a fashion hub. Yet with only a couple years of experience, she is now making more in one day as a freelancer than she made in two weeks at her old full-time job. Better yet, she loves the freedom to make her […]

SFF133 The Fashion Freelancer Who Never Wanted to Be a Freelancer

If you’ve never considered freelancing as an option for your fashion career, you’re not alone. Today’s guest, Amy, liked working in-house and was never interested in becoming a freelancer. But when she became a mom and needed just a little more work-life balance, she came face to face with how inflexible this industry can be. […]

SFD126 How to Find Freelance Fashion Design Clients

Learn new strategies for finding freelance fashion design clients, charging a retainer for consistent income, and growing your freelance fashion business even when it seems like there’s no work out there. Sophia is a full-time fashion freelancer who moved from NYC to Texas and grew her freelance business–during Covid! If you’ve been struggling to find […]

SFD124 How this Pattern Drafter Grew Her Freelance Business with Generosity

Karen LePage is a freelance patternmaker and grader who specializes in size inclusivity and sustainability. She’s also a fit consultant, a sewing and fit teacher, an author, and a mom. Karen broke into the industry without going to fashion school, and she has built a thriving freelance business doing meaningful projects for clients she loves. In […]

SFD122 Working as a Freelance Pattern Maker with Shilo Byrd (+ Tips on Starting Your Own Brand)

Shilo Byrd has been in the industry for a decade and a half, and she knows her stuff. She’s a freelance pattern maker, product developer, supply chain & production consultant, and a contributor at Vogue Business. In this episode of the SFD Podcast, Shilo chats about everything from understanding fit and the best way to […]

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