Freelance? Creative? Jonny Elwyn’s ‘How to Be a Freelance Creative’ Might Just Be for You
Last week, freelance editor Jonny Elwyn asked me if I would consider reviewing his ebook, ‘How to Be a Freelance Creative‘ to which I said that I would love to, but it will be a fair review. Understand: if it’s bad, I will either say it or won’t write about it.
Well, let’s end the suspense right here: it is a really good book.
What Qualifies Me to Review This Book In the First Place? (You might wonder)
As you might have gathered from the book’s title, this book is about being a freelance creative. As it turns out, I have been working as a freelance filmmaker, editor, and storyteller at large for the past five years, over two continents (that are not Asia and Africa). So I am right in the middle of this book’s target, and this is why I accepted to review it in the first place. (i.e. if it was a book about How to Be a Colorist, I would have said no.)
What Makes ‘How to Be a Freelance Creative’ Relevant?
Being a freelancer is like being a filmmaker: the title itself means about everything and nothing. Each person creates its own definition out of the term and we all learn as we go. That’s what I did, and that’s part of what I love about being a freelancer, but I also lost a lot of time learning things that seem very obvious once you discover them, but are really not that obvious when you are in the trenches, and the trenches is in a middle of a forest.
‘How to Be a Freelance Creative‘ tackles a lot of those very-obvious-stuff-for-everybody-who-is-not-a-freelance-and-judges-you-from-the-confort-of-a-salary stuff.
Granted, if you have 20 years under your belt as a freelancer, this might not be for you. Otherwise, I strongly feel this book might be a good read.
Do You Have to Be a Freelance Editor to Read this Book?
Here is the thing: if you are a freelance editor, and you live in London, then you are in luck because Jonny Elwyn is a freelance editor who lives in London, so of course, you will gain more insights than me, or say, a graphic designer. There are couple of paragraphs that are particularly targeted for editors, but the what makes ‘How to Be a Freelance Creative‘ a strong book is not that.
And here is what I thought made it a strong book: the tips.
The tips Elwyn shares are really about helping you achieve balance as a freelancer, so you can grow financially all the while staying creative. The book is as much about having the right mind-set than giving you the tips and tools to cultivate this mind-set.
“If you are going to make it over the long term as a freelancer you need to come to terms with being unemployed from time to time, and doing the mental and emotional heavy lifting to realize that you are far more than your job, that you have value and worth, regardless of what you achieve in a given day and that everything you are going through is simply par for the course.”
It is a fast read. The book is 100 pages long and that’s what you need. Nothing worse than a 350 pages book that dilutes its ‘practical’ content in redundancies and detours. ‘How to Be a Freelance Creative’ is clear and concise, it says what it needs to say and moves on.
It’s practical. ‘How to Be a Freelance Creative‘ is filled with advice on how to deal with clients, how to raise your rate, how to behave with others, but it also comes with a template of the Terms and Conditions Elwyn’s uses with his clients. One of the biggest mistake freelancers (I included) make is not protecting ourselves with enough paperworks. The sooner you start, the better your little heart will live. Even if you are not in the U.K., this is a great basis to understand what you should try to set when negotiating a job.
You can read a sample. If all that got you curious, you can download a free sample that really represents well what this book is and what it will bring to the table.
If you are a freelance creative, consider reading it, the chance that you will pick at least one great tip that will help you significantly better your work is high (in my opinion).
If you want to read more about the book or purchase it, you can do so here.
And if you do read it, I would love to hear your feedbacks, so don’t hesitate to comment below!
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