Rob Williams

I run Folyo which helps freelance designers find the work they were meant to do. I also host Freelance a podcast about how to be more effective at independent work featuring remote companies like Disney, Basecamp, YNAB, ConvertKit and more.

How to kill scope creep, complete projects faster and make clients love you for it

It’s human nature. There’s was a point in the project where progress stopped — a rabbit hole appeared, a feature bloated out of control, communication tired — and suddenly my two very experienced friends had blown their budget and…

How to create more client referrals and repeat work

I’ve written a lot about how to write emails that win you clients the past couple of years. Even though all my advice has been soaked in experience (and tested by my customers), late last year I…

The Monthly Retainer Agreement Email Sample Template

Monthly retainer agreements are the gold standard of freelance client work. Why? Because they take care of one of the biggest pain in the butts of freelancing: the feast of famine cycle. And there’s a…

Seth Godin’s 7 unconventional rules for getting clients

When Seth Godin started Seth Godin Productions, a book packaging design consultancy, he operated out of his studio apartment in New York City. Just years later, he sold one of the first internet marketing firms in…

Walt Disney’s 16 unconventional rules for getting clients

A look at Disney’s approach to selling starting as a freelance cartoonist and beyond.

The 20+ Best Email, Proposal and Website Templates for Designers

These templates for designers are the absolute best resources I’ve found to helping hundreds of design firms get clients. Most designers don’t know that 90% of their proposals, emails, and websites are client repellent. The resources…

Pro’s and Con’s of the major freelance designer hiring platforms

For the past 3 years I’ve probably looked at more freelance job boards than anyone on earth. I’ve found over 6,000 high-quality gigs (and in the process thrown out more than 20X that many). I’ve…

How to take the risk out of hiring freelancers for new projects

When a project costs less than the profit it will generate, it’s a good investment. But this is impossible to determine until price is established. That’s why deciding to hire a freelancer for a project…

Interview: Company of One with Paul Jarvis

Paul Jarvis talks about why bigger isn’t always better and how you can push back against a world that’s constantly bullying you into growth.

Hiring Practices for Hiring Freelance Designers

Staff shortages (or surpluses) eat up profits at a lot of companies. Yet, they’re totally predictable. Hiring the right freelancer is a huge advantage for your startup or small business – and these articles will…