165 episodes

6 Figure Creative is a podcast that helps freelance creatives earn more money by doing what they love. If you’re trying to avoid the never-ending grind of a 9–5, or just want to earn more money doing what you do best (creating), 6 Figure Creative is your new favorite show! Join hosts Brian Hood and Chris Graham as they explore topics such as mental health, finances, sales, marketing, time management, the digital nomad lifestyle, and more.

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6 Figure Creative is a podcast that helps freelance creatives earn more money by doing what they love. If you’re trying to avoid the never-ending grind of a 9–5, or just want to earn more money doing what you do best (creating), 6 Figure Creative is your new favorite show! Join hosts Brian Hood and Chris Graham as they explore topics such as mental health, finances, sales, marketing, time management, the digital nomad lifestyle, and more.

    Pricing Strategies From The CEO Of A Billion-Dollar Business | With Mike McDerment

    Pricing Strategies From The CEO Of A Billion-Dollar Business | With Mike McDerment

    It’s time to kill hourly pricing once and for all.
    While many freelancers think hourly billing is a fair method, it’s actually the least fair method for pricing your work. 
    Hourly pricing leads to an immediate conflict of interest between you and your clients, and it puts very little consideration for the value of whatever it is that you do. 
    You are much much more than a bundle of hours for sale. 
    You’re a creative offering something valuable in this world.
    I’m not the only one that thinks this is the case…
    Our podcast guest this week is Mike McDerment – the founder and CEO of a 10-figure business. His advice to the 6-figure creative community is this: 
    It’s time to break the time barrier and start charging based on the value you create. 
    This week’s interview is an eye-opening look at why we should quit charging per hour or day, and instead charge a flat rate based on the outcome we deliver to our clients. 
    In this episode you’ll discover:

    How Mike went from freelancing to running a business worth over 1 billion dollars

    How freelancing has changed in the past two decades

    Why you should bill per project, not by the hour

    How you can determine what a client wants

    Why some clients aren’t worth it

    What to do if someone offers to pay you a million dollars per hour

    How different clients see value in different things


    For full show notes, visit https://6figurecreative.com/165

    • 43 min
    How To Stair-Step From Freelance Income To Passive Income | With Austin Hull

    How To Stair-Step From Freelance Income To Passive Income | With Austin Hull

    Austin Hull was one of our most popular interviews (way back on episode 59), so we had to bring him back onto the podcast to update us on what he’s been up to. 
    Since 2019 Austin has not only built a six-figure freelance music production business but also sold over $400k of digital products through his new business Make Pop Music. 
    In this episode, learn how Austin took the stair-step approach from freelance to passive income, built his email list to over 40,000 people, and YouTube channel to over 100k subs in such a short time. 
    If you’re thinking about launching a side-hustle that could eventually turn into an extra six-figure income, this episode is perfect for you. 
    Keep in mind, this wasn’t exactly a walk in the park for Austin. 
    At one point, he was on the brink of a mental breakdown. He was working long hours without breaks, trying to juggle multiple projects, and constantly switching from task to task… all in an effort to keep everyone else happy. 
    Austin decided it was time for a change, and applied the 80/20 principle to niche down on what was most important to him… And the results were game-changing.
    In this episode you’ll discover:

    How Austin grew multiple six figure businesses in a few short years without any ads


    Why communities are important to organic growth

    What happened when Austin finally niched down

    Why it’s important to recognize when you’re overworking yourself

    How exercise ties into mental health

    How to make new connections to grow your business

    Why the go-giver mindset is a common theme among most successful entrepreneurs

    What platforms you can use for organic growth


    For full show notes, visit https://6figurecreative.com/164

    • 58 min
    How To Attract (And Close) High-Budget Clients | With Jay Clouse

    How To Attract (And Close) High-Budget Clients | With Jay Clouse

    Freelancers are always looking for ways to make more money and grow their businesses. To make that happen, you have 3 main methods...
    Method #1: Raise your rates. 
    Method #2: Find more leads.
    Method #3: Close more clients. 
    In this week’s interview, Jay Clouse shares his methods for attracting and closing high-budget clients.
    Jay’s background in the tech startup world brings us a fresh perspective for positioning and sales as a freelancer. 
    Listen now to learn how Jay Clouse attracts and closes high-budget clients. 
    In this episode you’ll discover:

    What the three most common business models for freelancers are

    How you can harness each different business model to grow your business

    Why it’s important to choose the right model

    How to flip the sales process and close more deals

    Why working as a contractor is great – sometimes

    How to have consistency in your business

    How to close deals without being pushy

    Why you need to get on the phone


    When money is no object

    How having too many clients hurts your business

    For full show notes, visit https://6figurecreative.com/163

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Six Figure Photographer's Key To Closing More Sales | With Ben Hartley

    The Six Figure Photographer's Key To Closing More Sales | With Ben Hartley

    As a freelance creative, you probably have thought “if only I could close one more deal a month I’d be much better off.”
    Closing more deals can result from many different variables, but one of the easiest ways to increase your odds is by reframing your sales calls to focus on the client and how your service will change their life.
    Listen now to hear Ben Hartley of the Six Figure Photography Podcast share his advice so you can close more sales in your creative business!
    In this episode you’ll discover:

    How you’re shooting yourself in the foot by focusing on what you provide


    Why sales is about the outcome

    How to navigate sales as a creative

    How to escape the “technician mindset”

    Why you need to show your clients they’re worth investing in themselves

    How to close more sales

    For full show notes, visit https://6figurecreative.com/162

    • 31 min
    #161: The Top 9 Mistakes Freelancers Make When Getting Started

    #161: The Top 9 Mistakes Freelancers Make When Getting Started

    The creative industry is full of pitfalls – and there are nine common mistakes that creatives make when starting their own business or freelancing.
    In this episode, Brian and Chris discuss these problems and provide solutions to help you avoid them!
    Listen now as we dive into each topic specifically so you can learn what not to do in order to save time and money!
    In this episode you’ll discover:

    How to serve your clients well

    Why niching down is the right choice to grow your business


    How getting a logo made is usually procrastination

    Why overconsuming educational content is harmful

    Why you’re destroying your business if you don’t have a portfolio

    How to harness case studies in your business

    How the jack of all trades loses authority

    Why you need to close sales over the phone

    For full show notes, visit https://6figurecreative.com/161

    • 53 min
    Earning $800k As An Artist By Using Marketing And Metrics To Dominate A Niche | With Blake Jamieson

    Earning $800k As An Artist By Using Marketing And Metrics To Dominate A Niche | With Blake Jamieson

    It's hard to make a living as a creative, and it can seem even harder if you're trying to do it on your own.
    You can't just throw paint at the canvas, music into Pro Tools, or words onto paper and expect people to buy it.
    Blake Jamieson started with a plan, knowing that he would have to work every day, build his brand, put in the hours, and never stop learning. He also knew that there are no shortcuts when it comes to success. 
    Listen now to hear Blake discuss his journey from the beginning to where he is now, creating high-value art pieces for athletes and major companies such as Topps!
    In this episode you’ll discover:

    How Blake moved from a career in digital marketing to creating art

    Why a self discovery trip might be valuable to you

    How going all in can boost your career

    What separates a great creative from an average creative

    How to set your prices as a creative

    Why creative thinking and business go hand in hand

    How you can get a celebrity’s attention (without being creepy)

    Why having an agent or manager isn’t always a good thing

    What NFTs are, and how you can harness their power

    Why NFTs are so powerful

    For full show notes, visit https://6figurecreative.com/160

    • 1 hr 22 min

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347 Ratings

347 Ratings

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Entertaining, insightful, and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as a creative or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow, this is a must-listen podcast for you! Brian and Chris do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving business with leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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I get at least one golden nugget on each episode!

Vitamin RJ ,

The spark of light I needed.

This podcast is the most encouraging, inspiring, and uplifting podcast in existence today. I decided to start a home studio. Bought some gear over time while I was learning. After a bit over a year, I have a home studio setup. Now what? Do you record your own songs? Do you get clients? How? Everywhere else you can find a small mixing trick that is most of the time irrelevant by itself unless in context of a mix. Well, this podcast was what I really needed. I have wasted so much time doing nothing and relearning the same thing over and over. Brian and Chris basically pushed me to open my studio for outsiders and built my portfolio. Let’s see how it goes from now on. As long as Brian and Chris keep encourage me, I will hustle until I make it happen. Thanks a million!

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