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How to Keep Your Freelance Animation Business Growing – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #118

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Here it is… the final part in the RubberOnion Freelance School and we’re talking about the likely goal in your third year: growing your business. Everyone starts this journey for different reasons, but independence is usually high up on that list. So what happens when you get to that point that you’ve gotten into the freelance game, you’ve established your brand, you started making some more money, and now you’re up against a production wall – you just don’t have enough ours in the day to progress any farther by yourself… you grow your business! This episode covers when to hire-out, which types of jobs to hire for and how to adjust your quote price for a team, the option of connecting with other Freelancers, contracts and the benefits of a virtual studio.

Become a Patron on my Patreon page to get the more detailed ebook in February on starting a freelance business.

And don’t forget to check out the companion blog post with this podcast to read a more structured write-up on what to expect in your third year of being a Freelancer!

Listen for Hollywood Jack ‘n the Beanstalk, speedbumps and potholes, and “thumb or finger?”

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:33) Why growing your business is different than making more money
(11:52) The tree analogy
(14:41) Hire other people
(19:01) How to know when to hire
(32:19) Types of hires: small tasks
(39:38) Types of hires: medium & large tasks
(43:47) Being a “virtual studio”
(46:43) Forming a cooperative relationship with other Freelancers
(48:34) The mental block which prevents you from hiring others
(52:38) About alternative revenue streams
(54:40) About taxes
(56:09) About contracts
(1:01:02) How to adjust your price to accomodate more people/hires


Media Referenced During this Episode:

Rob attempting to be “can head” (mentioned at 6:55)

“The Mess Around” scene from Planes, Trains & Automobiles (25:10)

#RubberOnionBattle for Jan 2016 compilation (35:37)

“Moshi Moshi Moshi” animated by Stephen for MindCandy (50:32)


Check out more of your hosts:

Stephen Brooks
Rob Yulfo

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Written by
Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks is a freelance animator in NYC that specializes in a hand-drawn style. Being a professional since 2005, he also produces indie shorts with self-made music, sound fx & voices. Lately Stephen has taken to introducing others to animation with production VLOGs, a podcast, instructional videos and is writing a book on traditional principles in a digital world. View his animation work

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