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Career-Propelling Money Advice for Creatives

From negotiating a better rate, to wrangling the important (but not so fun) parts of your freelance business — we combed the 99U archives to find 8 timeless tips to help make you more savvy when selling your work.

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The Creative World’s Bullshit Industrial Complex

Don’t fall into the trap of being an expert before you’re ready. We have enough of those.

The Merits of Giving Up on Your Ideas

Don't judge your ideas through a lens filled with beat-tired late nights, sacrificed paychecks, and all the other trademarks of building something from scratch. Instead, view them as investments, so you can better gauge when to move on from a loser.

The Downside of Doing Too Much

Roles that used to be separate are now overlapping, as print blends with digital, still photography blurs into video and social media cuts through everything.

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Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

Will we ever decouple perceived effort and long hours with our rewards system?

Want to Create Things That Matter? Be Lazy.

Ignoring "shallow work" makes one appear lazy or distanced, but its the trait that enables great creatives to do work that matters.

Are Confident People More Productive?

Procrastination's main instigator? Insecurity.

Brainstorm Questions, Not Solutions

Your "proposed solution" is probably wrong

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