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Clients From Hell Podcast

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From one of Tumblr's most popular blogs and straight into your earholes, join Clients From Hell editor Bryce Bladon and a rotating panel of guests. The Clients From Hell podcast is equal parts humorous and helpful as it explores the landscape for creative professionals, providing insights into survival and exploring the future of the self-employed.

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From one of Tumblr's most popular blogs and straight into your earholes, join Clients From Hell editor Bryce Bladon and a rotating panel of guests. The Clients From Hell podcast is equal parts humorous and helpful as it explores the landscape for creative professionals, providing insights into survival and exploring the future of the self-employed.

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One of my favorite podcasts. Keep up the good work!

Excellent content!

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I really enjoy these podcasts and get a lot our of them. THANKS! Keep up the great work.

iTunes Ratings

175 Ratings
Average Ratings
121
50
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3

Love it!

By sashkinja - Sep 13 2016
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One of my favorite podcasts. Keep up the good work!

Excellent content!

By Kristapoo - Apr 22 2016
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I really enjoy these podcasts and get a lot our of them. THANKS! Keep up the great work.
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Clients From Hell Podcast

Updated 14 days ago

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From one of Tumblr's most popular blogs and straight into your earholes, join Clients From Hell editor Bryce Bladon and a rotating panel of guests. The Clients From Hell podcast is equal parts humorous and helpful as it explores the landscape for creative professionals, providing insights into survival and exploring the future of the self-employed.

Rank #1: Pay it forward, give it back: Maddy Osman and altruism in freelancing

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It's rough out there these days. Sometimes, you have to make your own good.

That's what Maddy Osman was thinking when she created a scholarship for freelancers on her own dime. Not as a way to promote her business, not to train up someone she could work with or profit off of - just to help someone in the way she felt she'd been helped.

In this episode, Maddy and Kyle talk about what it means to give back to the freelance community, and what it means to be altruistic as part of your hustle. 

We're sponsored this week by Gusto! Manage payroll, taxes and HR from one simple management tool so you can be the boss you always wish you had! Check out their three-month free trial.

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Aug 06 2019
25 mins
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Rank #2: Do what you love, get paid; passion, exploitation, and Heidi Weinberg

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Heidi Weinberg, AKA Sew Heidi, loves what she does. She's built a career as a freelance fashion designer, imagining and then making clothes that people LOVE to wear. 

However, she is also aware that there is a dark side to this industry, and this week she talks about the difference between freelancing and temping, how clients can take advantage of you when they know you're following your dream job, the gendered aspects of the fashion industry and how to ensure that you make what you're worth. 

Want to read Heidi's new book, The Ultimate Guide to Being a Freelance Fashion Designer for absolutely free? Head to sfdnetwork.com/hell for a free copy and a few other goodies that are useful for ALL freelancers!

Note: The Clients From Hell podcast has a new theme song: "You Are Little Scientists (Love, Oprah)" courtesy of the band Top Men. They are a band for loving. Check them out

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May 08 2018
22 mins
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Rank #3: Stop calling yourself a freelancer

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Who do you think you are?

Everyone who works for themselves has wrestled some point over what title to use. Many start by using the title "freelance _"—designer, writer, software developer, or whatever the case may be.

The words you use influence others’ perception of you.'

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According to Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman, words can literally change your brain. They argue that a single negative word can increase the activity in our amygdala (the fear center of the brain). This releases dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters, which in turn interrupts our brains’ functioning. In other words, “angry words send alarm messages through the brain, and they partially shut down the logic-and-reasoning centers located in the frontal lobes."

Meanwhile, a positive word can strengthen areas in frontal lobes and promote cognitive function. They write "as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin to affect other areas of the brain. Functions in the parietal lobe start to change, which changes your perception of yourself and the people you interact with. A positive view of yourself will bias you toward seeing the good in others, whereas a negative self-image will include you toward suspicion and doubt. Over time the structure of your thalamus will also change in response to your conscious words, thoughts, and feelings, and we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality."

So what does that mean for us?

What’s your first thought when you hear the word "freelancer"? Do you picture a college kid working out of her parent’s basement? Most people perceive freelancers as in the lurch, between unemployment and their next ‘real’ job.

Many people who call themselves freelancers don’t exactly think of what they do as a business. But they should.

Clients too often see freelance arrangements as low-cost line items rather than strategic partnerships.

And that creates a power imbalance, with the client in charge—hardly an ideal situation for independent workers, especially those trying to start a business with the express purpose of gaining more freedom over their work.

When he first started out, Tim Dietrich described himself as a "freelance database consultant." But he soon realized that the "freelance" tag said more to clients about the structure of his business (process) than what he could actually do for them (results). Tim now introduces himself with this simple line, "I develop custom apps for businesses." Who would you want to work with more: Someone who tells you how they file their taxes or explains what they can do for your balance sheet?

Your livelihood doesn't depend on your own self-perception, but on how potential clients see you and your work.

Freelancers don't always see themselves as business owners because businesses have quarterly targets, revenue streams, and brand images to preserve. And clients expect that other businesses have systems and processes leading to consistent results. Don’t worry if you’re still working on systems and processes. It’s still okay to call yourself a business—which can in turn push you to build a workflow for yourself, set firmer goals, and increase your margins—just like an actual business.

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This episode is sponsored by AND.CO, the freelancer's resource! They offer great tools for freelancers, including curated job lists, time tracking and invoicing software, contracts, free guides and more! 

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Jun 20 2017
14 mins
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Rank #4: Clients From Hell: Origins

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Today's episode is with none other than Vernon Southward, the owner and operator of (gasp!) Clients From Hell itself! Kyle tries not to offend his boss as they chat about Vernon's beginnings as a freelancer and the path that led him to acquiring and building Clients From Hell, as well as directions the site will take in the coming years!

Vernon is a profoundly talented entrepreneur and a font of wisdom - and we're not just saying that because he owns the place. Check it out! 

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Want to support the show?

This episode is brought to you by Easel.ly, an infographic design service that transforms raw data into clear, interesting images. You can see their work on Clients From Hell

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Dec 11 2018
39 mins
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Rank #5: Freelancing isn't about finding jobs – it's about creating them

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Do you know what it takes to get a good job? Most people look for jobs by shouting into the online abyss – but there's a better way. Freelancers are especially empowered to not only find work but to create it for themselves. 

In this episode, Bryce discusses:

- Why nobody knows how to find good work 

- The evolving model for employment and what that means for you

- Don't treat your portfolio as the only path to employment

- How to understand your prospects needs and how you can help (hint: listen to next week's episode)

- Don't wait for an open position; communicate to a prospect you understand their problem and how you can help

Jul 18 2017
11 mins
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Rank #6: Make the most of your day at work and play: Josh Hoffman and time management!

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It's 2019 and that means you've at least thought about having a New Year's resolution! How does working more efficiently and freeing up two of your hours a day strike you?

Josh Hoffman is a productivity expert who talks Kyle through his daily routine, offering tips on how to maximize productivity both at work and in play! Learn how to plan vertically, build good habits, and forgive yourself! 

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This episode is brought to you by Easel.ly, an infographic design service that transforms raw data into clear, interesting images. You can see their work on Clients From Hell

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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Jan 08 2019
40 mins
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Rank #7: How to find your "Helen": Alison Knott and recognizing your ideal client

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The key to success in freelancing is realizing how to find the right clients - the people who are not only great to work with, but actually have money to pay you

Alison Knott is a web consultant who mentors creatives, and she knows all the mistakes that freelancers make: targeting the wrong clients, the wrong platforms, the wrong rewards. In this episode, she shares the decisions you have to make right now to start making money! 

Today's links: 

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Apr 02 2019
38 mins
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Rank #8: Don't sell service, sell STRATEGY: Annabelle King's tips for great pitching

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When pitching your work, most creative freelancers sell their skills or their services. However, the key to landing big clients is to show that you're an indispensable part of their team by selling strategy

Anabelle King realized this over years of working at agencies, and now she lands big clients with her boutique branding business I Like Storytelling. She shares her strats for creating a collaborative relationship with her clients in today's episode! 

Today's links: 

Want to support the show?

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Apr 16 2019
29 mins
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Rank #9: Why there are NO clients from Hell: Rachel Gertz and managing people!

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At her company Louder Than Ten, Rachel Gertz teaches people how to manage projects; that means getting people on board, on task, and on message in a hurry. She firmly believes that there is no such thing as a client from hell for one very simple and surprising reason she shares in the episode! 

Looking for a lift? Rachel is endlessly upbeat and positive and has some winning strategies that will make you better at dealing with clients AND yourself! 

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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Jan 22 2019
27 mins
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Rank #10: Don't be Just Another Freelancer. Instead, listen to Kaylee White!

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If you want to succeed as a freelancer, you can't compete for scraps. That's the message that Kaylee White of Kaylee Writes puts forth in her new book, How Not to Be Just Another Freelancer, but how do you find the GOOD clients that will push you and your business into the next level? 

Kaylee talks with Kyle about what it means to step away from the pack and run a successful business for yourself, and the very important steps you need to take to do so! 

Today's links: 

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This episode is brought to you by Easel.ly, an infographic design service that transforms raw data into clear, interesting images. You can see their work on Clients From Hell

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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Feb 20 2019
26 mins
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Rank #11: "Borrow" authority: Michael Greenberg's guide to podcasting your way to SUCCESS

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Content strategy is key for establishing your authority in the market. If your clients know you're the expert on what you do, they'll be happy to pay you to solve their problems. But how do you establish yourself as an "expert"?

That's where Michael Greenberg comes in. His agency Call For Content specializes in using podcasts to create a strong client base, and in this week's episode he shares his strategies for turning a few key interviews into a thriving business by "borrowing" your clients' authority. 

It's a short listen at just over twenty minutes and chock full of mind-blowing tips. Check it out! 

Today's links: 

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Apr 30 2019
21 mins
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Rank #12: Break the Creative's Curse with Todd Brison!

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What's keeping YOU from being creative? Discipline? Scheduling? Good old fashioned "writer's block"?

Todd Brison has made a name for himself by tackling these problems head-on and discovering how to make the most of your muse. In his extremely popular posts on Medium and his two amazing books The Unstoppable Creative and The Creative's Curse, he breaks down strategies for doing creative work whenever you need!

This episode is like one of the best creative coaching sessions you'll ever get. Tune in!

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Mar 06 2019
29 mins
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Rank #13: Dare to DREAM: Ami Sanyal and how to pitch value-based pricing.

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Value-based pricing is the holy grail of freelancing. It's how you make a lot of money by showing your clients that you can give them results. It's also not easy to make the switch to this pricing structure!

Returning guest Ami Sanyal shares his DREAM framework for getting clients on board with paying you more! Ami walks you through:

  • Discovery
  • Repel
  • Establish Packages
  • Address Risk
  • Money

Ami breaks down this approach, and how he was able to transform his agency with this approach! 

Want Ami's script for this approach? Text EZGROW to 393939 for a step-by-step guide! 

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Mar 19 2019
42 mins
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Rank #14: Want to succeed? Look in the mirror: Stephen Warley and life skills as business skills

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Stephen Warley of Life Skills That Matter believes that the key to being happy and successful is knowing yourself. Unfortunately, self-reflection is typically the LAST thing on most of our to-do lists! 

On today's episode, Stephen talks to Kyle about how the best business skills you can develop as an independent worker are life skills, and how to make sure you're being honest with yourself about who you are and what you want to do. 

Today's links: 

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Want to support the show?

This episode is brought to you by Easel.ly, an infographic design service that transforms raw data into clear, interesting images. You can see their work on Clients From Hell

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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Feb 05 2019
22 mins
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Rank #15: Freelance workers unite! The IWW Freelance Journalists' Union and the future of organization

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Freelancers everywhere experience the same problems. Deadbeat clients who won't pay their wages. Economic precarity. The knowledge that if you get sick, you might not be able to work enough to pay your bills. There are a lot of opportunities in freelancing, but there are also a lot of fears and dangers.

Much of that danger comes from working alone - but what if you weren't alone? What if freelancers - hear me out - formed a union?

The Industrial Workers of The World (IWW) is a union that formed in 1905 and has a storied history of fighting for workers rights and they recently formed a branch for freelance journalists that could be the first step in adapting the classical union model to the gig economy. In this episode Kyle talks with a member of the union about their goals and strategies, and why you might consider joining in solidarity. After all, if we all experience the same problems, why don't we try to solve them together?

We're sponsored this week by Gusto! Manage payroll, taxes and HR from one simple management tool so you can be the boss you always wish you had! Check out their three-month free trial.

Today's links: 

Want to support the show?

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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Jul 23 2019
21 mins
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Rank #16: Three rules for creating a thriving business: Joe Casabona on success and Game of Thrones

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What does it take to create a successful business? Are there any tricks? Are people with great products dark sorcerers, or did they just get lucky?

For nearly three years now, Joe Casabona has talked with people who have created successful products, finding out the secrets of getting a business off the ground on his podcast, "How I Built It." In this episode shares what he's learned from countless successful entrepreneurs, discusses an unlikely inspiration, and tells you what you can learn from Game of Thrones about listening to your clients.  We're sponsored this week by Gusto! Manage payroll, taxes and HR from one simple management tool so you can be the boss you always wish you had! Check out their three-month free trial.

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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Jun 25 2019
21 mins
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Rank #17: How to be yourself, whatever: Rachel Presser on being "The Toad Lady"

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We hear constantly that we should "be ourselves" and "be authentic." The only problem is when most people tell us that, they're telling us to be the person they think we are. But that's not what it means to be yourself.

Rachel Presser of Sonic Toad Media couldn't be mistaken for anyone but herself. She makes games and she loves toads, and any encounter with her makes that absolutely clear. She does a great job of recognizing who she wants to work with, and she knows that watering herself down means working with people she doesn't want to work with. She shares her philosophy with Kyle in this week's episode. We're sponsored this week by Gusto! Manage payroll, taxes and HR from one simple management tool so you can be the boss you always wish you had! Check out their three-month free trial.

Today's links: 

Want to support the show?

Check out Gusto's free trial! https://gusto.com/cfh

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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Jun 11 2019
21 mins
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Rank #18: Time management is EVERYTHING: Glenn Rogers on avoiding burnout

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Are you constantly exhausted? Do you find yourself staring at the computer screen struggling to finish projects that should be easy?

Burnout happens when you overcommit, and when you don't keep track of the time you're spending. In today's episode, Glenn Rogers of Float shares his tips on why it's so important to recognize your limits and keep track of the time you are spending on work. 

Remember: all the work in the world is of no use if you're drowning!

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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

May 21 2019
22 mins
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Rank #19: How to grow a freelance community: Julie Cortés of the KC Freelance Exchange

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Working freelance can be lonely. That was exactly what Julie Cortés found when she started her freelance copywriting business years ago - so she did something about it. She started what has become the bustling KC Freelance Exchange, a freelancer's network that she's taking national. 

Julie talks with Kyle about all the reasons you should get to know the other freelancers in your city, and how putting the work in on the exchange changed her life. Let Julie inspire you to get out and connect! 

We're sponsored this week by Gusto! Manage payroll, taxes and HR from one simple management tool so you can be the boss you always wish you had! Check out their three-month free trial.

Today's links: 

Want to support the show?

Check out Gusto's free three-month trial! https://gusto.com/cfh

Think you'd be a great fit for the show? Let me know at twitter.com/KCarCFH

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Jul 09 2019
20 mins
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Rank #20: How does he do it? Mike Tanner on productivity and being a work at home dad

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Running your own business or freelancing means juggling everything in your life at all times. The hustle is hard, but it gets exponentially harder when you're a parent - especially when you work at home.

Mike Tanner began One Red Cat Media when he was a new parent, and that business has grown alongside his children. In this episode, he shares his strategies for keeping productive also while being a great dad. SPOILER: his strategies are useful for everyone, kids or no! 

Today's links: 

Want to support the show?

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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

Jun 04 2019
25 mins
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