Billy Frazier
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I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and in case you weren’t aware, it’s the biggest smallest town there is.¹

Known for baseball, beer, and beads², St. Louis is also home to countless design firms and marketing agencies (thanks to the presence of the previously mentioned pastimes).³

Thanks…

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If you’re stubborn enough to freelance and work with clients over a long period of time, you naturally develop the need to scratch your own itch.

Like most creative thinkers, I have always jotted down my ideas in notebooks and apps. …

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There I was, sitting on a panel with three other creatives in front of a lecture hall filled with half-interested juniors and seniors, answering questions about freelancing as an actual career while their eyes actively glazed over.

How did I get here?

Early on in my freelance design career, I…

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These days, most social media profiles have morphed into a clusterfuck of labels and commas that ends up telling us very little about the person behind the bio.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to fear — we’re all afraid of being misunderstood and, ultimately, rejected.

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While freelancing, I worked out of a coworking center for over almost five years and it completely changed my professional life.

Whenever I talk to students and young professionals who are nervous about networking in the real world, my first suggestion tends to be to find the closest coworking center…

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Freelancing comes with a lot of baggage.

Not only do you have to learn how to do everything on your own (or outsource it), you also have to answer the age-old question:

Should I brand myself as an agency or a one-person army?

Like countless other naive fools getting started…

Billy Frazier

Designer and writer who sticks to his puns. https://www.billyfrazier.is/

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