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Ready, Set, Freelance!

May 19, 2021
2 PM ET//1 PM CT//12 PM MT//11 AM PT

Ed Shems and Justin Perricone

Approximately 1 hour long.

Ready, Set, Freelance!

Get ready for this fast-paced workshop covering every aspect of the wide world of freelancing!
Long-time freelancers Ed Shems (91 IL) and Justin Perricone will guide you through the rewards and potential pitfalls of a freelance creative career. They’ll cover everything from finding clients, creating contracts, delivering concepts, sending a final invoice, and other steps leading to a successful project and a happy (returning!) client. You’ll also learn tips for how to sell your services to new clients, the basics of setting up your business, passive income opportunities, and how to have the money conversation without panicking – all so you can enjoy more freelance success!

Guild Member Registration

Guild members: to attend the webinar for FREE, email with your name, membership number, and the webinar name.

Member price:


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Non-Member Price:

$45.00 $30.00

Members – Access the webinar for FREE – as a benefit of membership. To register, send us an email with your name, membership number, and the webinar title. The webinar link will be sent to members the day before the webinar.

Non-Members – Can join the live webinar at the “Early Bird” price of $30 through one week before the webinar. The usual price is $45. Add the webinar to your shopping cart to receive the webinar link the day before the webinar.

Members can attend our live webinars, or access our entire webinar and teleclass archive for free. Won’t you consider joining today?

More About This Webinar or Presenter

About Justin Perricone:

Justin Perricone is UX Strategist at Image Conscious Studios, a brand-focused web design studio in Boston. He uses research and design to understand both the client’s business needs and those of their users to create a user experience that aligns business goals with best practices in modern user-centered design.

He is formerly Adjunct Professor of Typography at The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. He has presented talks on freelancing, typography, and printing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, RISD, AIGA Boston, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Graphic Artists Guild.


Ed Shems:

Ed Shems is an illustrator and graphic designer. A graduate of RISD, he has been a freelancer for more than 20 years, working primarily for book and magazine publishing and the education market.

Ed has been a member of the Graphic Artists Guild for over 20 years, and he is also the Special Guests Coordinator for the Massachusetts Independent
Comics Expo (MICE).

In 2014, Ed testified before members of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives in a hearing alongside the publishing industry on behalf of the Graphic Artists Guild, The Copyright Alliance, and all visual artists concerning changes to the First Sale Doctrine.

Ed thinks about the business of freelancing a lot. A LOT a lot.

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