Aaron Nace on The Realities of Becoming a Full-Time Freelancer

Aaron Nace - Full-Time Freelancer - Strikingly Blog

This is a solid interview we were ecstatic to do with Conceptual Photographer, Photoshop Educator, and Full-Time Freelancer – Aaron Nace.

Aaron is the creator of Phlearn, an online video tutorial resource for Photographers, Photoshop enthusiasts, and Digital Retouchers, across every stage of their career, on YouTube. 

I stumbled across Aaron’s Phlearn channel, about 2 years ago. And because of his easy-to-follow video tutorials, he has become my “go-to” for anything Photoshop related. 

I had a chat with Aaron and in this full interview, you’ll learn:

  • How he found his first clients
  • How to set yourself up to not
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How an Eager Beaver, Noob Freelancer can do Customer Research

Einstein - How an Eager Beaver Noob Freelancer can do Customer Research

“If I had 20 days to solve a problem, I would take 19 days to define it”. -Albert Einstein

Think about your Freelancer’s journey like a Goofus and Gallant cartoon strip.

Goofus and Gallant How an Eager Beaver, Noob Freelancer can do Customer Research

The Goofus Way:

Step 1 – Publish your site.
Step 2 – Post it on your social media a few times a week and wait for the offers to NOT come pouring in. (
We’ve talked about this already. Stop that!)
Step 3 – Wonder where the hell everyone is. (Refresh…refresh…check your inbox every 7 minutes…)
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8 Non Hippie Dippy Ways to Building Better Habits

8 Non Hippie Dippy Ways to Building Better Habits

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”   — Warren Buffett

About a year ago I started taking one dance class a week.
I started eating better – so I had the energy to keep up during this one hour class.
I worked out 3 times a week so I was more flexible, and stronger, to perform.
I was cleaner – putting the clutter away before I left and making my bed.
I felt less stress and an increased motivation to reach my goals, both professionally, financially, and personally.

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Why You Need a Brand Strategy to Build Your Audience

Why You Need a Brand Strategy to Build Your Audience

You’ve got a great product or service.

You’ve worked hard on it, invested all your time and energy in making it awesome.

It’s your baby.

It’s something that people are going to love.

The problem is that they don’t know you, they don’t know your product.

And unless you’re a true innovator, there are bound to be products available which are very similar to yours. Of course, your competitors will have built their reputations over many years and will be well established.

How can you get anyone to take notice of you?

Well, the answer is branding. Branding is … Read the rest