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Author: Michael Der

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ARTrepreneurs is a weekly podcast that inspires photographers and visual artists to live their best creative lives. Whether it's shining a light on new business strategies or sharing the stories of self-made creatives, Artrepreneurs aims to bring people together. My name is Michael Der and I am a full-time photographer with nearly 10 years of experience in the freelancing world, and I’m sitting down with an amazing community of visual artists to talk about process, business, and the lessons they've learned along the way. Welcome to Artrepreneurs! Instagram: @artrepreneurspodBuy Me A Coffee
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EP 48:  There is a strong connection between gratitude and entitlement.  When you approach your life embodying one of these traits, it is hard to possess the other.  Today, I go into my experience as someone who has practiced both sides, and why choosing gratitude is not simply a cliche bumper sticker, but a way of life.  Cradoc Foto Software Stock and assignment photography pricing, image keywording, and photo business management software.Disclaimer: 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.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 47:   There are a number of reasons why so many young adults in their 20's and 30's are moving back home with Mom and Dad, but it really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.  What matters is you max out the opportunity laid in front of you.  If you have a rent-free life, you open up a lot of doors for your future.  The problem is many young creatives are living at home but not creating a plan that can help them kickstart their business and life.  In this episode, I list the 5 things I wish I did when I lived at home.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 46:  Photography can be a difficult profession, and when you are freelancing on your own, it can be downright frustrating.  With clients not seeing eye to eye with your terms, and the costs of running your business often exceeding the standard pay rates, it's no wonder why many creatives end up leaving their field for a little more stability.  But are we quitting too soon?  What if you quit right before your big break?  In this episode, I respond to an audience question about the difficulties of being a photographer and whether it is all worth it.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 45:  With shopping season upon us,  most Americans will see a typical spike in expenses during this time of year, and in my opinion, creative professionals are highly susceptible to peak sale season!  And while this commercialized time of year is neither inherently good or bad, with the wrong mindset, our expenses can end up as further deficits to our business.  So in this episode, I am going to give you the 5 areas of my business that I prefer to spend fearlessly on, and hopefully inspire you.  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 44:  Have you ever wondered what drives qualify as tax write-offs?  Does it apply to just freelancers, or can employees benefit from this as well?  How do I track my mileage every time?  What are the differences between standard mileage and actual expense methods and which one applies to me?  In this episode I break down the importance of leveraging your tax deductions on business mileage and how to determine what qualifies.  Cradoc Foto Software Stock and assignment photography pricing, image keywording, and photo business management software.Disclaimer: 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.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 43:  If you ask any professional what the most important traits and habits are to succeeding in their industry, you may get a lot of different answers, and they're all going to be valid.  From my perspective, when you have the opportunity to sit down with a creative who has a lot more experience than you, try and absorb everything.  Today we make an in-person studio visit with photographer, Matt Brown, to discuss what he sees as the biggest issues plaguing young and green creatives entering the industry.  *Part 2 of Michael Der's conversation is also featured on Matt's podcast, Just a Good Conversation, available on all major podcasting platforms.   Click here to listen!MATT BROWNWebsite:  www.mattbrownphoto.comInstagram: @the5browncrewPodcast:  Just a Good Conversation / @justagoodconversationArtrepreneurs:Instagram:  @artrepreneurspodHave a question that you want addressed on the show?  Get featured on the podcast by going to speakpipe.com/artrepreneurs and record your questionCradoc Foto Software Stock and assignment photography pricing, image keywording, and photo business management software.Disclaimer: 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.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 42: What is the self-employment tax?  Do you know what it makes up the SE tax and how it the rate is calculated?  Is it even important to know?  In this episode, I'll discuss the basics of self-employment tax and why you should know it.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 41:  What is the mystery behind that 3 digit number that seemingly determines the rest of your life?  We've heard about credit scores, we may even know that more is better.  But what makes up a credit score and how does it impact us?  In this episode, we break down the 5 factors the create a total credit score and why its important to maintain solid credit.  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
 EP 40:  Podcasting has grown substantially in the past decade, and if you are a creative entrepreneur, it has the power to separate your brand from others.  The question is, what is holding you back?  If you have something to share, my goal is to help you find the incentive you need to start your show.  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 39:  Emergency funds are often viewed as foundational to good personal finance, but is it really all that it's cracked up to be?  In this episode, I discuss the role of a rainy day fund vs using the money to invest.  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 38:  For many of us, we're waiting for the right moment until we've learned everything there is to know about a new venture before launching into it.  It's a classic perfectionist conundrum because the reality is you don't get the experience and know-how until you actually take action.  Whether you want to start your new creative business, launch a YouTube channel or start pitching to clients, the perfect time is now.  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 37:  Understanding and practicing sound image licensing techniques can be very frustrating to many photographers.  With rising WFH contracts and limited education on controlling image rights, we often find ourselves asking "is it even worth trying?".  In today's episode, we talk with freelance photographer, educator, and author, Todd Bigelow about the essentials of building a strong licensing workflow; from copyrights to archiving to rights-managed terms.  TODD BIGELOWwww.toddbigelowphotography.com      The Business of Photography WorkshopTwitter        Youtube   Freelancer's Guide to Success (Book) Artrepreneurs:@artrepreneurspodHave a question that you want answered on the show?  Get featured on the podcast by going to speakpipe.com/artrepreneurs and record your question! Cradoc Foto Software Stock and assignment photography pricing, image keywording, and photo business management software.Disclaimer: 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.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 36:  It's not uncommon for clients to push back on your estimate and ask if there's any wiggle room in your rates.  They may even ask you to explain your rates.  And whether you are looking to get them closer to your number or meet them halfway, it's good to know how to adjust your rates that leave both sides happy.  In today's episode, I answer an audience question on dealing with client push-back and how to find that middle ground during a negotiation.  Cradoc Foto Software Stock and assignment photography pricing, image keywording, and photo business management software.Disclaimer: 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.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 35: One of the best questions I've been asked is "what makes a photographer a professional, besides making great pictures?"  Imagine having 1/4 the talent level you currently have.  How would you sustain your business?  Think about your answer, and you might just discover what your priorities are.  In this episode, I'll discuss why it's so important to show the same level of respect to your business as you do your art.  Cradoc Foto Software Stock and assignment photography pricing, image keywording, and photo business management software.Disclaimer: 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.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 34:  Being entrepreneurial in spirit comes with its fair share of anxiety, failure, and struggle, but it might just be easier to be the entrepreneur than to be the person standing beside the entrepreneur.  In this episode, I'll discuss the principles that have helped my marriage withstand the speedbumps of self-employment.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 33:  Most businesses spend the majority of their time and energy on client acquisition, and while those efforts are not without their merits, forgetting about your current clients is a mistake we cannot make.  In this episode, I'll talk about prioritizing the client relationships you currently have.  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 32: Traveling on assignment is one of the great privileges a photographer can experience, but it can also bring unwanted stress.  In this episode, I'll give you some advice on tips to reduce your travel anxiety for your next assignment.Cradoc Foto Software Stock and assignment photography pricing, image keywording, and photo business management software.Disclaimer: 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.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 31:  Is cold-emailing legal?  What do I need to know to send my customers and leads new promotions?  In this episode, we break down the rules and regulations of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, so we can reach out to our clients in a lawful way.  *CAN-SPAM Act: A Compliance Guide for BusinessCradoc Foto Software Stock and assignment photography pricing, image keywording, and photo business management software.Disclaimer: 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.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 30:  Thrilled to host Christina Peters on the podcast!  Christina is a renowned food photographer with over 25 years in the commercial photography industry, and in this episode, we talk about proactive marketing strategies to stand out with the clients we want to work with, while at the same time, building a strong mindset needed to turn our hobby into a career.   CHRISTINA PETERSWebsite: www.christinapeters.comInstagram: @thefoodshooterFor Photographers: www.foodphotographyclub.comFacebook:  The Food Photography Club*Bonus Freebie! -> Christina's 4 figure day rate plan to get higher-paying clientsArtrepreneurs:Instagram:  @artrepreneurspodHave a question that you want addressed on the show?  Get featured on the podcast by going to speakpipe.com/artrepreneurs and record your questionCradoc Foto Software Stock and assignment photography pricing, image keywording, and photo business management software.Disclaimer: 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.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
EP 29: Living a minimalist lifestyle doesn't have to apply to just clearing the attic of old toys and unworn clothing.  It can also play a big role in your creative and business ventures.  In this episode, I'll discuss how a minimalist approach can help you manufacture more space, more time, and more energy. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/artrepreneurs)
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