Hitting roadblocks in your creative process happens to the best of us. You can’t be on all of the time and no one produces homerun ideas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. What’s more important than being able to produce your own ideas, is knowing where to go to for inspiration when you’ve hit a rut. Here are a few of my go-to’s when I need to find inspiration or simply need to garner design ideas for an upcoming project.
Perusing Pinterest For Design Ideas
Pinterest is a great place to start when looking for design inspiration for your next project! Or any inspiration for that matter. It’s a goldmine for template ideas, colour palette inspiration, logo inspiration and so much more. Sometimes I find even just browsing Pinterest for non-related things can even jog my creativity. You never know when an idea is going to jump out at you!
I even use Pinterest with my clients. Sometimes it is easier for people to see things as opposed to describing things, and I’ve found so much success in them using Pinterest in order to get an idea of what they want. Try it with your clients on your next project and let me know how it goes!
Finding Inspiration Through Facebook & Blogs
I have joined numerous Facebook groups lately and highly recommend it! People are always posting their own individual questions (that might even align with exactly what you’re hoping to find out). I also find that it’s a great resource for tips and tricks that can be used for inspiration in regards to best business practices and recommendations.
What’s even better, and is the reason I hope to start my own community one day soon, are the words of encouragement that can inspire you to keep on the freelance path. Being a freelancer has so many positives, but it can also be gruelling and on those days, words of encouragement from other freelancers and other inspirational people have been exactly what I needed to keep pressing forward.
Finding A Mentor Or Collaborating With Peers
Whether it’s working with other graphic designers, creative directors or content marketers in your network or seeking out a new relationship with someone in the field, I recommend finding a mentor. I know when the word mentor comes to mind, everyone thinks someone who is substantially older than you, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Mentorship can come in many shapes and forms, and could even be a freelance designer in the same stage of business development as you. My biggest piece of advice when people ask me how to find a mentor is don’t be afraid to reach out. People always want to collaborate and talk about what they are trying to do.
I recently scheduled a call with a freelance agent from Texas. We had a great conversation about how we approach the idea of freelancing and discussed future collaboration opportunities. I am hoping to host a webinar with him soon to chat about his pricing strategies and how he teaches freelancers to value their work. Even in our brief chat, he provided me with insight into this industry from a completely business point of view and I found that to be incredibly valuable.
If you’ve never reached out to someone to collaborate or have a mentorship type conversation, I know that even just the thought of putting together initial email can be intimidating. Which is why I created the template below to get you started.