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Why you should build your own kickass career.

YOU GUYS. In just 6 years I went from renting an insect infested 600 square foot apartment (seriously, we had WORMS coming in through the windows) to co-owning a business and purchasing a one acre ranch home at the base of the mountains. In just 6 years I more than tripled my income, cut my work hours in half, and did this all by saying “screw the man I’m leaving my day job to build my own career”. You see, the thing about employment is, well, you're employed. And you're usually employed by someone else.

Retainers: More money. More consistency. Less hassle.

Oh the case for retainers... Phil and I were back and forth on the retainer concept for quite a few years. Sure, it offered consistency and dependent income but it also reeked of stagnation. But before I jump into our thoughts on retainer payments, let's review what a retainer is: A retainer is a flat rate amount that the client pays on a set date for an extended period of time. For example, your client might pay you $5,000 per month for 6 months...

Yes, it's okay to turn down work.

When I start blabbing about turning down work, you may start to think: "Who is this crazy lady and why would she EVER recommend that I turn down projects!?" That being said, there are certain scenarios when turning down work is not an option and other times where it might prove to be extremely beneficial. I'm specifically talking about projects from a UI/UX designer's perspective but these suggestions can be applied to nearly any business niche. Let's review the good vs. bad times to turn down new projects.