The Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Writers' Conference

In August, eight acquiring agents and editors will arrive at Nashville's five-star Hutton Hotel in search of talented new authors. The occasion? The Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Writers' Conference, which brings together aspiring authors and publishing professionals. July 31, 2013

Karen negotiates for a salary in a design position at a design firm

On one of those blue-sky days when everything is going your way, Karen, who had just graduated in industrial design, landed an internship with a small firm with great work and a wonderful studio overlooking the bay and the mountains beyond. What happens next only Ted Leonhardt can explain, in his continuing series . . . June 19, 2013

Ally Lands A Brand

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. This is the second of the series of five pieces, which explore: How to land a brand design assignment, learning to negotiate, getting a job at the firm of your choice, and taking control of salary negotiations.... April 29, 2013

Carson becomes a professional

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. This is the first of the series of five pieces, which explore: How to land a brand design assignment, learning to negotiate, getting a job at the firm of your choice, and taking control of salary negotiations.... March 26, 2013

IOU: What To Do When the Chips are Down

My friend Susan Kirkland is back again this month with some sage advice for those freelancing or running their own business in the creative world -- trying to survive in an edgy economy. March 19, 2013

FunctionFox says Small Creative Companies are Poised for Growth in 2013

A new study by FunctionFox suggests that small creative companies – design, advertising, public relations, web and marketing communications – are looking forward to a better year in 2013. 94% of small creative businesses surveyed expect to hire new employees or maintain their current staffing levels through the New Year, with the same percentage also anticipating stable or increased revenues. January 25, 2013

New Way to License Art

In my years as an employer of artists, designers and creatives, I've learned one thing: the better the creative, the worse the business person. Now, there's a new software package designed specifically for artists in the art licensing industry to help them track all aspects of their business. December 18, 2012

12 Essential books for graphic designers, creative professionals, freelancers

The most frequent questions we get on an ongoing basis are questions about management. More and more people are launching their own careers into the creative fields with little or no formal education. But to be a success, you have to know the rules. Arm yourself with these and you cannot go wrong :
* Inside the Business of Graphic Design: 60 Leaders Share Their Secrets of Success
* Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business
* Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer
* The Graphic Designer's Guide to Pricing, Estimating, and Budgeting
* Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines
* The Creative Business Guide to Running a Graphic Design Business
* How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
* Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers
* The Designer's Guide To Marketing And Pricing
* 2012 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market
* Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators
* Start & Run a Graphic Design Business October 1, 2012

Time Tracking and Billing for Freelancers

Here's another time tracking and billing software application highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices. Fanurio is mainly used by freelancers who prefer a professional solution over pen and paper or spreadsheets to keep accurate records of their time and invoices. July 11, 2012

Time, Expense, and Mileage Tracking

As we've preached for many years, you'll never know how much to charge -- unless you know how much it costs! For that you need effective, competent time tracking. With TDF Tracker time, expense, and mileage tracking you can keep it all straight right on your iPad! August 25, 2011