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05.02.13

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today’s question is: “what makes a great boss?” (it’s a long one, we know!)

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KATIE’S ANSWER:

i love to ask this question to potential directors when i go on interviews. i’ve worked with amazing and award winning bosses and ones that made me cry and want to quit. watching the good and bad has made me realize what kind i want to be one day.

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04.24.13

ADVICE / 61

hi guys! i am out of town this week teaching in san francisco, but katie is going to take over for me this week and answer today’s advice question: “what do you look for in a designer or intern?”

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KATIE’S ANSWER:
i look for a solid portfolio that shows a variety of print and web, a nice sense of color and layout. their site is usually straight forward and easy to navigate. when i contact them it’s nice when they respond in a timely manner. don’t keep people waiting or they’ll move on to the next person.

when i’m looking for help i also reach out to people in my network to see if anyone has a good recommendation. i keep in touch with one of my favorite professors from MICA and she always has someone’s info to pass along. every designer she has sent me has been hired. note to students: keep a good relationship with your classmates and your professors. think of them as your coworkers and your boss. they will be one of your most important assets when you graduate. your classmates will go off into the real world and get real jobs. when their boss says “we need help, know anyone?” they will think of you and if you showed up to class on time and if you presented killer work.

when i look at students i think it’s great when they take their project past what was required. i’ve seen some start with a packaging project. then they turned it into a lifestyle shot and then a social media campaign. it’s so great to see people thinking about the big picture. it’s also a major plus when a candidate has lots of skills vs just one. they are more valuable because they can help with so much more.

when it comes to the interview i like it when people look me in the eye. i also like a firm handshake. nobody likes a wimpy one. i know i shouldn’t but when someone gives me get a weak handshake they go down a couple notches in my book. i like when the person laughs or makes me laugh. i like to be around happy people so don’t forget to smile. i like when people ask me a lot of questions (makes me feel better about asking them a ton). i want them to be curious and have an extreme hunger for knowledge. it shows me they’re ambitious and eager to work hard.

(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)

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04.17.13

ADVICE / 60

today’s question: “how do you invest in your business?”

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KATIE’S ANSWER

i’m not really at a point to invest in my business yet. as soon as i get there i would probably start renting a studio space to work out of. it would be nice to separate home and work. and! with that comes the adventure of furniture shopping!

i’d also like to find an accountant that works with freelance designers to make sure i’m actually doing everything the best i can.  i currently work with a lovely H&R Block woman named barbra for my taxes. she told me she was proud of how organized i was this year vs. last. she is great but i just wonder if i’m getting the best freelance advice. i would also get a lawyer and have him/her go over all my paper work and make sure my business is set up the best way. since i wrote this post about getting paid i’ve had a couple of sticky situations come up. it would’ve been nice to have some heat backing those emails i was sending.

i assume that if i’m profiting enough to put money back in my business i’d be crazy busy. i might want to hire an intern to help out a couple days a week. i’d try to find someone from a local art college to help out. i love working with students. they’re so ambitious and excited. i like to think that i’m helping them on their career path like my mentors once did for me. my mentors help me make my career. every big job came from someone recommending me. it’s really all about word of mouth.

so…one day…that’s the plan.

BRI’S ANSWER

i have definitely learned the importance of putting money back into the business. sure, we’d all love to get a paycheck in the mail and take it straight to the bank…and then to the mall. but it doesn’t really work like that.

i am going to focus on the expenses of a blogger for this one…

1. employees & contributors: my biggest expense! in the beginning this expense scared me the most because it’s sure not cheap! but when i was really able to evaluate the income before i had the extra help and then after, i realized the value right away. i needed to free up some of my time so i could think further into the future and stop spinning my wheels.

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04.10.13

ADVICE / 59

here are some links today that you hopefully love!

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ok before you start clicking away, here’s a little tip in case you didn’t know. hold down the command key on your keyboard when you click the links and they will all open in a new window. i usually go through and open a bunch and then go through them. hit command W when you want to close that tab. we are all about shortcuts around here, give them a shot! here’s some combined links from katie and i this week…

cool office accessories: i’m sure you’ve checked out kate spade new york’s new brand saturday by now. i bought the circle sticky notesdays of the week pencils and these colorful nesting bowls. the shapes are so nice and clean. they’re lookin real nice on my desk right now. how about this wooden geometric keepsake box? or this cute striped laptop bag (that also supports a good cause!) this jonathan adler desk lamp just arrived and it is sharp! last but not least, how about this bright red accent chair for your office?

new find: have you heard of hukkster? a coworker of mine just introduced me to it and i’ve been… hukking? all day, every day. it’s a free service that you use to email you when products you like go on sale. right now you can only be alerted when it goes on sale but eventually you’ll be able to put in your size and color too. also, have you heard of mailbox? you have to wait in line once you download it (it takes about 2 weeks) but the app IS pretty awesome for organizing your gmail. you can easily categorize with just a few clicks. no more crazy inbox numbers. i was playing with it this morning and it seems like it’s only for gmail (which is kind of a bummer if that’s true, considering that’s not all i use.)

latest inspiration: kate spade new york is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. to celebrate they came out with a beautiful coffee table book. two of my dear friends wrote and designed the book and i’m so proud of them. each chapter is about something that inspires the brand. there are charming facts sprinkled throughout the book and drool worthy imagery sure to get your creative brain going. this flickr photostream is also pretty amazing! (how cool is this!)

wearing to work: it’s just starting to feel like spring and almost summer here in new york. i’ve packed away the puffer and boots and am trading it in for this lighter jacket and these sandals. in los angeles, it’s been bright and sunny…this yellow lace madewell top is the perfect shirt for work. it’s more professional for a meeting than just a basic tee, but just as quick and easy. i’m also loving this perfect hat!

(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)

 

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04.03.13

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today’s question: “do you ever get lonely working from home? what do you do when you need to bounce an idea off someone?”

KATIE’S ANSWER:
i’ve always been in an office environment so i can’t speak from experience, but i have a ton of friends that are on their own. my friend julia works from home and skypes with her friends in chicago all day. they just leave it up and will holler if they need to talk to someone. i bet that kicks any of the lonely feelings. i have other friends that rent desk space at studiomates in brooklyn. my friend jonnie just wrote about being in a co-working space there and how it’s given him a ton of new connections and jobs he wouldn’t have had if he was at home (the article also includes some fantastic freelance advice!). renting a studio space as a freelancer starting out feels like a luxury to me, but high-five to jonnie for taking the leap. i would work from home one or two years until this became necessary/possible.

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