Creative Class, a podcast for freelancers
By Kaleigh Moore & Paul Jarvis
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Kaleigh Moore and Paul Jarvis talk about all things related to the business of freelancing. We’re talking clients. Pricing. Landing projects. Getting paid. Managing revisions (endless revisions). Finding clients and connecting with them in a way that feels right for you. If you’re like most freelancers, it’s the business stuff that keeps you awake at night, not the actual writing, programming or designing. That’s where the Creative Class podcast comes in. Kaleigh and Paul have over 20 years of combined experience freelancing with some of the biggest names and companies in the world, including: Microsoft, Yahoo, Mercedes-Benz and their work has been featured in: Wired, Fast Company, LifeHacker, USAToday, Newsweek and more.
||CleanMailbag: Freelancing Q&A||In this special episode, we tackle questions from listeners on topics ranging from proposals to niche-picking (and a lot in between.) Get insights into some of the most common questions that pop up around freelancing.||11/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs freelancing sustainable?||Short answer: Yes. But there's some science to it! Hear more about how to build sustainability into your freelance business so you can earn a steady amount month after month (and not go insane with worry).||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Enough" and how to quantify it||There are two stages of freelancing: Pre-ENOUGH and Post-ENOUGH. The first step, though, is defining what "enough" means for you. Get some ideas on how to quantify your goals and find contentment within your freelance business.||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI feel so lonely||No one talks much about how lonely freelancing can be--so we're fixing that. Hear how we deal with isolation (and living in secluded areas!) to better cope with this reality of working alone and from home.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTF do I do with profits?||Once you have extra monies in your bank account...what do you do with it? We share what we personally do with business profits as well as some ideas on how you can use leftover money to grow your business.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealing with stress as a freelancer||Freelancing can be SUPER STRESSFUL. Get insights into how to better deal with stress, how to set better boundaries, and how to avoid burnout that leaves you resenting your freelance career.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSoftware that simplifies freelancing||In this episode, we share our favorite tech tools for freelancing (and even some tech-free stuff!) that can help make daily work faster, easier, and just...better.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShould freelancers swear?||Sometimes it's hard to know if swearing is okay in client relationships (or even just on social media.) We share some interesting research into the science of swearing and discuss how to gauge when it's appropriate to use and when it's not.||11/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFreelancing for females (revisited)||We revisit the topic of women in the world of freelancing to discuss new studies that have been released around the gender pay discrepancy. We also talk about what can be done to help combat inequality and how freelancers can work to level the playing f||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnowing your limits as a freelancer||Juggling multiple clients at once is no easy task. We talk about how processes and systems can help you keep your sanity as a freelancer and make you look like a PRO when working with clients (as well as what happens when you try to overextend yourself)||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing more selective about clients and projects||We get into the nuts and bolts of how to be more selective about the work you take on, why it matters, and what we've learned firsthand about saying no when an opportunity isn't a good fit.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 3 of Creative Class is coming soon!||Get the details of Season 3, launching at the end of Oct. https://creativeclass.co/podcast||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial episode: Student mailbag Q&A||Kaleigh and Paul tackle questions from Creative Class students in this special “mailbag” edition. Plus: They ask each other one burning question at the end of this episode.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAs a freelancer, should I use “We” or “I” when referencing my work?||Ah, the never-ending debate around using your name vs. a brand name as a freelancer. Paul and Kaleigh share their experiences trying both approaches and what they learned works best within their businesses.||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to formulate a value proposition (and stop doing hourly freelance work)||Kaleigh and Paul explain how you can formulate a value proposition that gets you off the hamster wheel of hourly freelance work, as well as tips for positioning that get you paid for your expertise--not your time.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to be a more productive freelancer||When you’re a freelancer, money = time. Productivity is essential. Learn some actionable advice around how to make your days more productive so you can earn more AND have more free time.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe realities of freelancing (and luck vs. talent)||Inspired by a Twitter thread, this episode takes a deep dive into the realities of freelancing and looks at how both luck and talent impact the freelance journey in a major way.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy learning new skills is important for freelancers||We don’t all start with the full set of skills needed to be a fantastic freelancer. In this episode, Kaleigh and Paul discuss the skills they had when they started freelancing, and the skills they’ve made sure to pick up and strengthen along the way||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to start getting freelance clients when you have no track record||If you’re starting a freelance career from scratch...where do you go to find your very first clients? Paul and Kaleigh lay out a strategy for finding and getting hired by ideal clients--all without having to go through a single freelancer-for-hire pla||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow freelancers can overcome Imposter Syndrome and build confidence||Many freelancers struggle to feel confident about their skills and battle recurring Imposter Syndrome--but there is a secret to overcoming those feelings of self-doubt. Kaleigh and Paul discuss how ongoing learning, developing personal taste, and soft s||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCosts vs. benefits: Hiring extra help as a freelancer||Freelancers, as teams of one, sometimes need support. But the question is: Do you hire a subcontractor, or an employee? And what are the costs vs. benefits of the two? Paul and Kaleigh share their experiences on the topic and talk about why it’s impor||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProductizing freelance services to make more money in less time||If you have specific services you offer on a regular basis (and solid processes in place around that work), you may be on the path to productizing some of your services. Hear some actionable ideas around how you can start re-packaging your services to m||4/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to work with enterprise-level companies as a freelancer||Enterprise clients are the ones with names you can mention to a friend and they’ll say, “Oh, I’ve heard of them!” In this episode, Paul and Kaleigh talk about the pros and cons of working with enterprise-level companies and how doing so has help||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow much should you save and invest as a freelancer?||As a freelancer, the responsibility to save money and invest for retirement falls 100% on you--there’s no one around to remind you to do it. So how do you know how much to set aside for these activities? Kaleigh and Paul share the strategies they use||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason two is coming soon!||Season two of the Creative Class podcast with Kaleigh Moore and Paul Jarvis is coming in April.||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat’s it like to be a female freelancer?||Kaleigh shares her first-hand insights on being a female freelancer and some of the realities that come along with it. This episode is a conversation about how different industries have room to improve their diversity efforts and what Kaleigh and Paul a||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEasy ways to increase your freelance rates||Everyone wants to know the right way to raise their rates and charge more for freelance services, right? Kaleigh and Paul share their strategies that have helped them successfully (and regularly) increase their rates to build sustainable freelance caree||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 key lessons on handling feedback as a freelancer||Feedback is a core element of collaborative projects—which is what most creative freelancers work on. But how do you separate yourself from the work and handle feedback effectively? And how can you teach clients to deliver constructive feedback? Paul||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanContracts and scope creep: What you need to know||Scope creep is a major problem in the freelance world. So how can you avoid it? Paul and Kaleigh talk about how contracts create healthy boundaries and keep projects on track.||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat do you need to know when you’re starting freelancing?||Can you say ‘no’ to work? Is it ever okay to fire a client? In this episode, Paul and Kaleigh share their answers to these questions and talk about the things they wish they’d known when they started freelancing.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSustainability: How to network and make freelance friends||Paul and Kaleigh aren’t into slimy networking...but they do like making new friends. Find out how they’re deliberate about staying connected with others (from home!) and how these activities actually make freelancing more sustainable.||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrowth and freelancing: Do you need employees?||In a society that generally associates growth and positivity, freelancers can feel confused about where their future-facing goals need to be focused. Kaleigh and Paul talk about growth, hiring employees, and figuring out what you truly want out of your||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe one rule you need to follow to win at freelancing||If there’s one rule every freelancer needs to follow, it’s this one. Find out why Paul and Kaleigh swear by this principle and how it’s helped them grow successful freelance businesses.||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to balance your budget as a freelancer||Freelancers sometimes struggle with the fact that their income isn’t consistent on a month-to-month basis. So what can you do about it? Kaleigh and Paul talk about what they’ve learned about budgeting, spending, and planning so that the financial up||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould freelancers ever work for free?||Especially when you’re getting started with freelancing, there are opportunities to work for free (or in exchange for “exposure”). Paul and Kaleigh discuss the question and share their own experiences/thoughts on the topic. Sponsored by Freshbook||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to find out if you’re right for freelancing||Not everyone is cut out to freelance—and that’s okay. In this episode, Paul and Kaleigh talk about the factors to consider when you’re thinking about freelancing as well as some of the characteristics and qualities that help people be successful f||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing the Creative Class podcast (a teaser)||We're Kaleigh Moore and Paul Jarvis, talking about what it's like to run your own freelance business. Real episodes are coming soon, here's just a tease of the show.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Best podcast for a freelancer starting out!
I listened to the entire first season on a long drive and felt the stress and anxiety about where I am in my freelance business melt away with each episode. It’s not rocket science, I don’t have to re-invent any wheels - I can rely on the experience of others who have come before me and make changes in my business that work for me! Thanks Kaleigh and Paul!!!
Great podcast. Valuable advice.
I have been a freelancer for a few years now, but I still find most of the advice valuable and useful. Kaleigh and Paul love what they do and you can hear it in their voice. It is easy to follow and to listen to and I laugh a lot when they share anecdotes (and cautionary tales).
I have listened to the first three episodes so far, and I have noticed that they agree on mostly everything, and I sometimes find it unfortunate to not hear another point of view on certain topics. For example, they both recommend freelancing on the side before quitting your day job, while my philosophy was more "You need to jump off the plane if you want the parachute to open" and I wish we could have heard the arguments for both (or even more!) points of view. Still a great podcast that I recommend to all my freelancer (and aspiring freelancer) friends.
Love the freelancer advice
As a new freelancer I find, as usual the advice from Paul Jarvis is so valuable. The addition of Kaleigh Moore was refreshing and I enjoy her perspective and humor (or humour as we say in Canada eh?) Creative Class is a great course for newbies and this podcast is a wonderful bonus for people just starting out and for seasoned freelancers just looking for a bit more direction.
Thanks and keep up the good work