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Designers: Get Paid By Being A Primadonna

If you're a designer, or any creative professional, this might be the most important thing you read this year. My sensationalist headline aside, it's not about money or being a primadonna. It's about defining how you work, working how you define, having an environment of trust and respect and creativity, and otherwise getting the life you want.

Sadly, many creatives just trust that that'll happen… and it doesn't. They get taken advantage of. This needs to stop.

Some things in here are scary. You don't need to do what's unnatural to you, you don't need to do anything in particular in here, and you don't need to rush yourself. Any given suggestion in here might increase your income by 20% and cut your "client stress" in half.

I'll tell you my story in a moment, so you can assess my credibility and see if this is workable advice. (It is.) I'll give you recommendations on where you can learn more. In exchange, I ask just one thing - if at any point while reading this, you think, "This is one of the most important things I've read this year" - then you immediately share it with as many people as you can that you think it would help.

I think that's fair, do you?

Why a Roadtrip

On A Business Odyssey - Nat Bruno

A friend once told me a story about his coworker that had to save money to support his disabled mom. He rented out his house (to earn extra income) and then bought an all-weather sleeping bag. He never rented an apartment and he used his workplace to shower, workout, and cook food. When he needed to sleep he would find an empty field and use his all weather sleeping bag. It sounded fascinating to me and somewhat absurd but definitely intriguing. This story has been stuck in the back of my mind ever since...

Once I found the Crankset Group and began creating freedom from my businesses, I returned to this story. It seemed possible, especially if I made an effort to systemize business processes to enable me to live a location-independent (being able to work from anywhere) life. I set the goal of May 1, 2014, to start the roadtrip. (Denver to San Diego to Vancouver to Denver)

Here are my motivations behind the roadtrip:

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