Freelancing: Can I REALLY Make It?

Ahmed Roberson

OUR Podcast...is about self-employment, working from home, freelancing....in art, photography, videography, cooking, baking, home remedies, clothing design, singing, song writing, music producing, etc.....and the successes, as well as struggles that come with it. We will talk lessons....never failures....strategies and tips on how to succeed in an ever changing automated tech world. Can I Really Make It.....the answer is YES! And I hope you come along for the ride to learn how. 10-20 minute Episodes Premiere every week, on Tuesday's at Noon!

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All Episodes

Good for Nuthin...not meaning you're worthless, BUT instead, it is for some clients you face that want Good work, for Nuthin (Amateur prices).Let's talk about THIS!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Nov 30

17 min 40 sec

Because of the Holiday week, and my busy work schedule, I decided to Replay one of my best episodes.There will be new content next week, but I hope you'll enjoy this replay for now.Thank you for your continued support.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Nov 23

30 min 26 sec

WHYYY in 2020/21/22 is there STILL racism in this world...in the workplace?Hasn't it played out yet?Hasn't it run it's course?I am OVER IT, and you should be too!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Nov 16

15 min 43 sec

Words matter....they have meaning, and can impact how one feels.To me, saying Trial and Error sounds like failure, and it makes me feel down.But, by replacing Trial and Error with Attempts and Lessons, I feel like I can keep going.What about you?Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Nov 9

20 min 9 sec

Let The WAIT!!  Absence makes the heart grow fonder....so does waiting...but don't make em wait too long, or it might bite you in the foot.....Let's talk about it.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Nov 2

22 min 47 sec

Some choose not to, but I do discount my prices for SOME of my clients...but even then, some of them can get out of hand with their requests, and this is how I handle it.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Oct 26

22 min 26 sec

Do your clients have a clue as to how many hours us freelancers put in to create the content you can't live without? I doubt some do, but freelancers, we can talk about it....so let's.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Oct 19

21 min 41 sec

If you haven't already, you likely WILL come across a client or potential client that has blown their budget on another freelancer, who now wants you to work for less than your initial bid...but there's a way to deal with that....let's talk about it.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Oct 12

26 min 50 sec

Unless you've already discussed it, or planned for it, do NOT work in exchange for products, notoriety, name drops, promises.....it almost never works out for you, but always works out for them.Protect yourself and your product.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Oct 5

16 min 19 sec

Are you better than the BIG Brands!?  Are you just as good, or are  you creating for smaller sales....which is perfectly fine.Let's talk about it....Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Sep 28

16 min 59 sec

Today is World Gratitude Day, and I am grateful for TONS of things, personally and business related, and I am talking about it in today's episode.I can only hope you have a lot to be grateful for as well.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Sep 21

28 min 2 sec

In my experiences, social media influencers do nothing but take advantage of those of us who are less famous, by making us work for little or free, in hopes of gaining a following from their followers...but that is not, and has not been the case with me...maybe it can work for you, but from what I've experienced, not so much!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Sep 14

27 min 42 sec

Do you have YOUR OWN STYLE, or are you copying someone else in hopes of getting attention and eventually fame and fortune?Let's talk about it...;-)Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Sep 7

29 min 19 sec

As the title says, under promise but over deliver!Whenever possible, you want your clients to win....and everybody feels like a winner when they get MORE than what they're expecting.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Aug 31

15 min 19 sec

Do this anymore?Have what it takes?Continue trying and failing?We ALL have hit that point where we want to quit, but if you do, you will be worse off than you think you were, if you try to come back to it.DON'T GIVE UP!  NEVER QUIT!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Aug 24

24 min 20 sec

Everybody has those 20/20 woulda coulda shoulda moments in life...in their careers. What are some of yours?We can actually chat about it if you email me directly at ahmed@arobersonphoto.comI look forward to hearing from you ;-)Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Aug 17

27 min 44 sec

Yes, the Olympics are over, and yes, I am saddened but motivated, and I want to tell you why.Let's talk about it...Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Aug 10

11 min 29 sec

We all have those urges to quit when things get rough, but believe me, things will much more rougher if you were to quit now, and try to continue where you left off years ago.No matter how painful, keep going!Music:Eternal Springtime by | e s c p | https://escp-music.bandcamp.comMusic promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Aug 3

42 min 50 sec

Emotionally inspired by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this episode is about Olympian Determination.This is for those of us who've had moments where we wanted to give up, but when you think about how HARD Olympians train for 4-YEARS or More to get to this one goal, it is inspiring...and I hope this episode will inspire you.Music:Breathtaking by Purrple Cat | https://purrplecat.comMusic promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unportedhttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_USSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jul 27

22 min 52 sec

Just because YOU consider yourself to be the "Best"  in your field, doesn't make it so.I've seen work nowhere near as good as mine, sell for MILLIONS!  And that's not me being arrogant about my work, but sometimes, the "Best" isn't good enough...but let's talk about how to deal with that.Music:Distant by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-officialMusic promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comAttribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-ND 3.0)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jul 20

36 min 8 sec

2021, and there's  STILL racists people walking around, spreading that ish.This is the simplest way to deal with it....and I share a story of mine in this podcast as well.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jul 13

30 min 32 sec

Y'all remember that slogan, right?  But I'm not necessarily talking about it in that context this time....I'm talking about not hating, but instead appreciating THE PROCESS.Let's talk about it....Music:Solipsism by Deoxys Beats | https://soundcloud.com/deoxysbeats1Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unportedhttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_USSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jul 6

22 min 10 sec

When we think of business ventures, we Always think about the Pros, but rarely the Cons, and that can sink a floating ship, really quick.What I tend to do is think of EVERYTHING that can go wrong FIRST, because the Pros are easy....thinking of the WIN is easy...that's why we're in business....to win...but being prepared for the cons...the losses can keep you alive in the worst of times!Music by:Slowly by Tokyo Music Walker | https://soundcloud.com/user-356546060Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_USSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jun 29

31 min 13 sec

Ohhhh the Big Taboo!!Should we work with our family, or should we not?Come inside and see what I think....it may give you some insight on what you were considering!Music By:Majesty by Lesion X | https://soundcloud.com/lesionxbeatsMusic promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_USSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jun 22

32 min 58 sec

If being told NO breaks you, this is not the career move for you.But for every 9-NO's, that 10th try could be a YES!  You'll never know if you let the 9-NO's make you quit.Music:Surface Level by Schematist | http://www.schematistmusic.comMusic promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_USSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jun 15

35 min 46 sec

You read that right!  People...some people actually believe it's EASY working from home, when, in fact, I work waaaaay harder from home than I EVER did working a 9-5.Let's go inside and talk about it...Music:ChillShop by Deoxys Beats | https://soundcloud.com/deoxysbeats1Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unportedhttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_USSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jun 8

25 min 50 sec

It all correlates to my "Fake It Til You Make it" intro episode, and my "Customer Service is LIFE" episode.If you do not have professional integrity, and are putting out substandard products or services, you will soon be ruined, with hardly any chance of redemption.  Let's go inside and find out why....Music By:Majesty by Lesion X | https://soundcloud.com/lesionxbeatsMusic promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_USSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jun 1

25 min 10 sec

Being a self starter, entrepreneur is already hard enough as it is, even with a partner, but does having a partner alleviate some of the pain....I think so, but only if you have the right type of partner.Music:Fashion Week Milano Music | MILAN by Alex-Productions | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx0_M61F81Nfb-BRXE-SeVAMusic promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_USSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

May 25

32 min 45 sec

What's up everybody!As you may know, I want to turn this podcast into a master-class...in the near future, so for now, I wanted to introduce this idea as a test.If you have specific questions about a topic I have yet to cover, and you cannot wait, please email me directly at ahmed@arobersonphoto.com, and if I get 10 or more questions, I will do an episode dedicated to your questions.I will still release my next episode tomorrow at noon, but for now, I wanted to see what you all thought about a Q&A episode.Please email me and let me know.See you tomorrow at www.endyour9-5.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

May 24

2 min 4 sec

Something completely new to me, but so important that I wanted to share it with you all.If you never knew the name, but have suffered from this, this is the episode for you!This episode, I speak with Career Coach Morganne Gervais at: https://www.careerspresso.com/She was so great to speak with, and came to my show with so much great information for me, and hopefully you all as well.Enjoy the show....Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

May 18

48 min 57 sec

Some of us may or may not have Certifications in our given fields...some of you may have found them to be beneficial...but it had no effect on my career.Not saying they're worthless, but if you are thinking about getting one, please consider my workaround first ;-)Intro/Outro Music by:Drop Of Ocean by Vlad Gluschenko | https://soundcloud.com/vgl9Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.comCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_USSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

May 11

21 min 12 sec

This is near to my heart, and I hope you can find the lesson in this episode, as to why you should NOT WORK FOR CREDIT!  It may hurt you more than it can help you, and I share my real-life experiences and how to counter such offers.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

May 4

30 min 1 sec

As the title says, STAY READY!!I have spent a lot of time prepping you for your launch, or how to deal with slow, lean months, but what about when things are slow, then all of a sudden, that opportunity you've been waiting for, knocks!Are you ready?  Have you been staying ready for moments like this.....I have, and I want you to too!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Apr 27

29 min 51 sec

Is there really a such thing as the "Perfect Time" to do something?  Part of me wants to say yeah, but then there are certain circumstances where you are pushing into doing something sooner than you wanted that may ruin things, or make that push the perfect time.For me, I say go with your gut....AFTER proper preparation, but ultimately, your gut knows when the time is perfect or not...you just gotta listen to it.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Apr 20

34 min 3 sec

In part 2, I will continue to discuss the difficulties of the Lack of Income Consistency, and ways I've found to help me navigate my way through them.If I can do it, I KNOW you can do it.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Apr 13

10 min 59 sec

There will be times when you are not able to make your daily, weekly or even MONTHLY quota, but that does not mean you're failing.These are the times when we have to stay focused, and stand strong! The day you decide to give up, could very well be that day when your ship was coming in, but since you decided to give up, you'll never know.There are ways to survive the lack of income consistency, and I'm gonna tell you how I do it.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Apr 6

16 min 48 sec

Part 2 of Episode 7, as part of my new format of releasing new episodes every Tuesday.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Mar 30

9 min 43 sec

Just because our work may be easy, and is FUN for us, does NOT mean we should not be properly compensated.  I have two tips in this episode to help you counteract those potential clients that may try to take advantage of the fact that we LOVE OUR JOBS!And just because we aren't miserable at work, does not mean I'm going to do hours of work for you for free.  And I'm going to help you make sure you don't.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Mar 23

15 min 40 sec

Part 2 of episode 6, as part of my new format of releasing new episodes every Tuesday at noon.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Mar 16

13 min 39 sec

In this episode, we will discuss how to price according to your talent level, demographic and how not to price yourself out of business. Starting low and trying to raise your prices is a definite no-no, but conversely starting high and dropping your prices significantly can hurt you just the same.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Mar 9

14 min 59 sec

This is a continuation of Episode 5, as part of my new format of producing new episodes every Tuesday.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Mar 2

13 min 38 sec

In this episode, I will explain how bad customer service will obviously ruin your business, but also how GREAT customer service can save a business, even if your product isn't up to the highest quality standards (yet).Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Feb 23

18 min 38 sec

This is the continuation of Episode 4, as part of my updated format of releasing new episodes every WEEK!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Feb 16

19 min 17 sec

Episode 4....In today's episode, we will discuss the sacrifices you have to make in order to have a successful business, and how to find balance.As much as we want to, we can't give ALL of our time to our businesses and neglect  our families, friends, or our own physical and most importantly, mental health.We will discuss what we all have to, or will deal with while becoming or maintaining our businesses, and what we can do to make everything work as it should.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Feb 9

23 min 13 sec

In this episode, we will discuss the Do's & Don'ts of Marketing....Email, Social Media, Web Based marketing.  I will share my strategies on how I like to market myself, and get ad retention even in our saturated markets.  My strategies are based on Photography, because that is my field of expertise, but all you have to do with today's lesson is replace photography with your field, and the strategies will work the same.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.

Feb 2

34 min 4 sec

In this Episode, I'll share a little about my jobs before becoming a full time photographer, and why I do not like working for other people...directly that is. Because as a freelancer, I work for multiple people....but I'm out of the mundane, routine and robotic 9-5 world.I hope you will take the time to listen, enjoy, and subscribe as well as invite other creative freelancers to subscribe as I share my proven techniques that have allowed me to be a working self-employed freelancer for years!Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jan 19

41 min 33 sec

Hello Everybody.  In this Intro Podcast, I will tell you about my personal experiences, and the experiences of others who have tried to Fake It, Til they Made it, and Failed miserably....how they faked and failed themselves out of business, and why you should not attempt the same.I hope you will find my podcast interesting enough to subscribe, and share with your fellow creatives, and I will do all I can to help you through this rough ride you are preparing to face, or are currently facing.  Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ahmcreative)

Jan 5

30 min 26 sec