Position Yourself for Success with Brent Galloway

Position Yourself for Success with Brent Galloway

Better Freelancing Episode 025:

Position Yourself for Success with Brent Galloway

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Episode 025 Takeaways

  1. Everyone named Brent is notoriously handsome and charming.
  2. Anyone can learn design and profit from that skill set.
  3. Focusing on one specialty is the key to building your freelancing career.
  4. Don’t allow the skepticism of others to limit your freelance earning potential.
  5. Try to summarize what you do in a single, creative, benefit-driven tagline.
  6. It takes time to drive results through organic search and inbound marketing.

Episode 025 Quotables

“It’s a lot easier to find work and to do work once you know what you love to do.”
— Brent Galloway

“I happen to pop up [on Google] as one of the first actual human being graphic designers … and that was completely by accident. It’s just because I’ve always stuck with the title ‘freelance graphic designer.'”
Brent Galloway

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16 thoughts on “Position Yourself for Success with Brent Galloway

  1. Hey Brent,

    The other Brent tried his hand at many areas in design. To narrow it down to T-shirts and logo’s. Another great example of finding the right niche. The guy has been going at design for years. He’s an expert. And he naturally fell into it. What a blessing.

    Nailing my over niche is easy. Its like Brent’s Design. Being specific like finding T-shirts and logo’s is my difficulty. So I am always on the look out for examples such as this interview.

    I was impressed that Brent thought it would be Web design that was for him, which paid well. But after a year he was true to himself. This once again reiterates remaining true to who you are. Another great interview.

    Rachel.

    • Hi Rachel,

      Well, that’s the thing. You’ve got to love what you do, or it becomes rather tedious, doesn’t it? Especially when you are working for yourself.

      I’m always envious of people with design skills… not my strong suit, that’s for sure.

      I appreciate you checking out my interview with Brent G. and commenting. Thanks, Rachel!

      Brent

    • Hi Rachel,

      Thanks so much for the kind words and for taking the time to watch and comment! Really glad to hear you found value in the interview. I owe everything to my focus. It’s how I’ve been able to make a living as a t-shirt designer, and it would never have happened if I hadn’t made the daunting decision to step outside of my comfort zone. 🙂

      All the best,

      Brent G.

  2. Hey Brent and Brent,

    Another marvelous interview.

    Also, that first pressing question really cracked me up! Just the kind of humor I love. 🙂

    I wish I would’ve realized freelancing was a solid option for me earlier in life. It’s absolutely possible to build a solid freelance career, you’re a great example of that.

    To focus on what you love most is my favorite piece of advice. You figured out what you love doing must and run with that. Specializing in what you are passionate most certainly is the sweet spot.

    Pretty amazing that you are one of the first “freelance graphic designers”. I had to check…and surely, you popped up. The only ones above you were freelancer, upwork and 99designs!

    For me, freelancing is also a journey of personal growth like I’ve seen you guys mention here in the comments. The more you grow on a personal level, slashing away another belief that’s holding you down, the better your freelance career will become as a result.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us, Brent!

    – Jasper

    • Hi Jasper,

      Let me say upfront that I’m glad you appreciate my cheesy humor. No wonder we’re friends!

      “I wish I would’ve realized freelancing was a solid option for me earlier in life.”

      ^ Tell me about it. I could have escaped the corporate world a lot faster! But better late than never, right?

      I’ll allow Brent G. to respond to your other thoughts — he’s my guest, after all.

      Thanks for commenting, Jasper!

      Brent J.

    • Hey Jasper,

      Thanks so much for the kind words! I was incredibly lucky to have discovered what freelancing was early on in my life (during high school!) Ever since I’ve taken every opportunity to make it my full-time career.

      It’s definitely been a personal growth journey like you’ve said. I started out not knowing a single thing about running a business – let alone a freelance business. But with every mistake made has been a lesson learned, and I love that about it. 🙂

      Brent G.

      • I love that:

        “…with every mistake made has been a lesson learned…”

        Print that on a t-shirt, bro. I’d wear it. I think a lot of us fail our way towards success.

        Brent J.

  3. Hello Brent Jones,

    This some really great advice to add up on by an expert like Brent Galloway.
    Indeed it is easier for finding in a work, what is loved by us and get going
    to that path, it is the key factor of getting successful.

    Thank you for sharing this among us.
    Shantanu Sinha

    • Hi Shantanu,

      As they say, when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. If we’re going to take the plunge into freelancing full-time, it might as well be doing something we enjoy.

      If we’re just going to hate what we do every day, we might as well stick with a regular 9-to-5 job.

      Glad you enjoyed the interview, Shantanu. Thanks for commenting!

      Brent J.

    • Hi Shantanu,

      You’re absolutely right about how much easier it is to find work once you know what that is and you put your focus around it. That’s one way I’ve been able to make my living mainly doing t-shirt design. I love it, I position everything I do around it, and thus lands me more work doing it.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to watch and comment!

      Brent G.

  4. GREAT note on skepticism, Brent Squared.

    Note; most freelancers are far from free of other’s limiting beliefs. I know. I charged peanuts for years. Literally. I lived off 25 cent heat peanuts during lean years. So I did not charge ’em I guess but made enough to eat heat peanuts, lost 25 pounds and my girlfriend thought I was ill, I leaned out so much. All because I let folk’s limiting beliefs into my dome.

    Now I charge a bunch more for everything, and things are moving along nicely.

    Excellent points, handsome Brents.

    Ryan

    • Hey Ryan!

      “Brent Squared.”

      ^ I love it.

      I think Brent G. is going to need to make us some t-shirts… 🙂

      Well, we all have to get past those limiting beliefs at some point. I’m glad you were able to do so, Ryan. It can be hard, but at some point, we just have to take ownership for our own lives and choices.

      Thanks a lot of watching and commenting.

      Brent J.

    • Hi Ryan,

      I can relate to that completely! I was making next to nothing for the first two years I started freelancing, but I pushed through it. There will always be some sort of hurdle as you work towards your goals – even if you’re 10 years into it. I’ve been freelancing full-time for over five years now and I’m still hitting walls. But it’s part of the journey and I love every bit of it!

      Thanks for taking the time to watch and share!

      Brent G.

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