100 episodes

From one of Tumblr's most popular blogs and straight into your earholes, join Clients From Hell editor Bryce Bladon and a rotating panel of guests. The Clients From Hell podcast is equal parts humorous and helpful as it explores the landscape for creative professionals, providing insights into survival and exploring the future of the self-employed.

Clients From Hell Podcast Bryce Bladon

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    • 4.6, 179 Ratings

From one of Tumblr's most popular blogs and straight into your earholes, join Clients From Hell editor Bryce Bladon and a rotating panel of guests. The Clients From Hell podcast is equal parts humorous and helpful as it explores the landscape for creative professionals, providing insights into survival and exploring the future of the self-employed.

    DO Worry, Be Happy: Ben Lee on maintaining a creative business in pandemic

    DO Worry, Be Happy: Ben Lee on maintaining a creative business in pandemic

    We're all going through A LOT right now, and it's not always easy to stay on track with your business, or even your creative practice. In this week's episode, host Kyle Carpenter speaks with illustrator and designer Ben Lee about what creative life looks like during the pandemic, and even what it means to be creative when the world is, you know, basically on fire. It's a frank and kind conversation that grapples with topics we're all facing, in one way or another! 
    Today's links: 
    http://yellowrant.com https://twitter.com/blee412 https://www.instagram.com/yellowrant/ Theme song by topmen.bandcamp.com! Want to support the show?
    Think you'd be a great fit for the show? Let me know at twitter.com/KCarCFH
    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.
     

    • 24 min
    Hard sell your soft skills: Alison Grade of The Freelance Bible

    Hard sell your soft skills: Alison Grade of The Freelance Bible

    Alison Grade wrote The Freelance Bible because she saw her students develop skills in their field and then take their first, tentative steps towards running their own business... and not know what to do. At all.
    One of the key problems for new freelancers and anyone having to pivot because of COVID-19 is not recognizing that the SOFT skills they have - i.e. the ones you didn't go to school for - are sometimes even more important than those you actually trained for. She walks Kyle through her process for finding out what your business direction should be! 
    Today's links: 
    Alison Grade https://twitter.com/Alison https://www.linkedin.com/in/alison-grade-b172 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0241399483/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie= Theme song by topmen.bandcamp.com! Want to support the show?
    Order a custom infographic from Easel.ly! Use this link (https://www.easel.ly/infographicdesign/) for a great price! 
    Think you'd be a great fit for the show? Let me know at twitter.com/KCarCFH
    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.
     

    • 29 min
    Ami Sanyal on how to get your dream gig through your dream mentor

    Ami Sanyal on how to get your dream gig through your dream mentor

    If you're in the habit of combing job postings, you might have come across your dream job, got excited, applied and then... didn't hear back. Nothing. Not one peep. Even though you know in your heart you were the perfect fit for that job, and it was perfect for you!
    The solution to this all too common experience isn't a "killer cover letter." It's showing clients that you're the right fit for the job BEFORE it even goes to the posting. That means being proactive, and making relationships with clients before they even know they need you.
    Return guest Ami Sanyal of The Uncommoners Club walks Kyle through his surefire method for forming relationships with clients and making them your mentors in order to get the jobs you want. If you've never listened to the Clients From Hell podcast before, listen to this one: it could change your career! 
    Today's links: 
    https://megcumby.com https://twitter.com/AmiSanyal https://www.facebook.com/groups/cpyvr Theme song by topmen.bandcamp.com! Want to support the show?
    Order a custom infographic from Easel.ly! Use this link (https://www.easel.ly/infographicdesign/) for a great price! 
    Think you'd be a great fit for the show? Let me know at twitter.com/KCarCFH
    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.
     

    • 33 min
    Want great clients? Get social proof! Meg Cumby on the art of client testimonials

    Want great clients? Get social proof! Meg Cumby on the art of client testimonials

    You can be great at what you do, but if you can't convince your clients that you are, you're not going to get the jobs you want.
    That's why getting outstanding testimonials is so important to a freelance business! Testimonial consultant Meg Cumby joins Kyle to discuss the key to getting FANTASTIC testimonials from your clients. HINT: it involves picking up the phone!
    Today's links: 
    https://megcumby.com https://twitter.com/megcumby https://megcumby.com/questions Check out the book Meg wrote with Kai Davis! https://getclienttestimonials.com Theme song by topmen.bandcamp.com! Want to support the show?
    Order a custom infographic from Easel.ly! Use this link (https://www.easel.ly/infographicdesign/) for a great price! 
    Think you'd be a great fit for the show? Let me know at twitter.com/KCarCFH
    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

    • 25 min
    Why now is the time to help: Alison K's guide to freelancing in COVID-19

    Why now is the time to help: Alison K's guide to freelancing in COVID-19

    It's easy to get bogged down in feelings of anxiety and sadness right now, which makes it a perfect time to look outside and see what you can do for others. That's freelance mentor extraordinaire Alison K's strategy, and she tells Kyle how she's been checking in on her clients for their sake and hers, and how she's using this as an opportunity to work on her business in the ways that she can manage. It's an inspiring talk with actionable strategies about how to continue to grow when it feels like you should just huddle up. Don't miss out! 
    Today's links: 
    https://alisonkconsulting.com https://twitter.com/alisonk_consult https://clientsfromhell.tumblr.com/post/183898975493/how-to-find-your-helen-alison-knott-and https://easel.ly Theme song by topmen.bandcamp.com! Want to support the show?
    Order a custom infographic from Easel.ly! Use this link (https://www.easel.ly/infographicdesign/) for a great price! 
    Think you'd be a great fit for the show? Let me know at twitter.com/KCarCFH
    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

    • 15 min
    What to do RIGHT NOW: Bryce Bladon and Vernon Southward on freelancing in the COVID crisis

    What to do RIGHT NOW: Bryce Bladon and Vernon Southward on freelancing in the COVID crisis

    COVID-19 has changed EVERYTHING, including the landscape of freelance work in the world. A team of Clients From Hell All Stars (host Kyle Carpenter, former host Bryce Bladon and site owner, Vernon Southward) meet to take stock of what it means to freelance now, how they're thinking about this new reality, offer actionable strategies for what you could be doing with any extra free time you might have, and what the future might bring. 
    These are strange times, but you're not experiencing them alone. 
    Today's links: 
    https://brycebladon.com https://twitter.com/brycebladon https://easel.ly Theme song by topmen.bandcamp.com! Want to support the show?
    Order a custom infographic from Easel.ly! Use this link (https://www.easel.ly/infographicdesign/) for a great price! 
    Think you'd be a great fit for the show? Let me know at twitter.com/KCarCFH
    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or recommend us to a friend. It helps immensely.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
179 Ratings

179 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Amazing podcast and incredible community!

There might not be a place online where you can be more instantly understood, and the struggles that you go through as a freelancer / consultant more quickly normalized than Clients From Hell. Between the riveting podcast conversations and energizing community that's formed around it of other service-based professionals with just as wanky of client stories as you've lived - you will feel completely at home! Highly recommend listening and subscribing today!

Lord Madar ,

Good Content, Technically Inept

Interviews and topics range from helpful down to at least interesting. Guests effectively “played off” by crescendoing theme music drowning out their parting thoughts. Of all podcasts I listen to, for whatever reason, the only one to crash or reset episodes midstream, which it does frequently.

ryanwolfwins ,

A great listen

I am a huge fan of this podcast. I am have gotten a lot out of my time listening. I am looking forward to more episodes.

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