179 episodes

The fashion industry can be toxic and burn you out. But as a true remote freelancer, you can get the freedom and flexibility you deserve. It’s the only way to earn a fair wage, set your own schedule and have a work-life balance doing projects you love. Whether you want to earn extra money on the side, fund your dream brand, or replace your salary, the SFF podcast will help you get there. Listen in for actionable tips and strategies to kickstart or grow your freelance career, build your confidence, and create the life you want. Hosted by $100k+ fashion freelancer Sew Heidi, the show features interviews and strategy sessions with successful freelancers from around the world. This is the only place to get REAL insights from REAL freelancers who have built REAL careers on their own terms.

Successful Fashion Freelancer Flexibility & freedom doing work you love.

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    • 4.9 • 285 Ratings

The fashion industry can be toxic and burn you out. But as a true remote freelancer, you can get the freedom and flexibility you deserve. It’s the only way to earn a fair wage, set your own schedule and have a work-life balance doing projects you love. Whether you want to earn extra money on the side, fund your dream brand, or replace your salary, the SFF podcast will help you get there. Listen in for actionable tips and strategies to kickstart or grow your freelance career, build your confidence, and create the life you want. Hosted by $100k+ fashion freelancer Sew Heidi, the show features interviews and strategy sessions with successful freelancers from around the world. This is the only place to get REAL insights from REAL freelancers who have built REAL careers on their own terms.

    SFF161: Starting a Brand vs Freelancing: Which Is Better?

    SFF161: Starting a Brand vs Freelancing: Which Is Better?

    Starting your own brand is the dream for many – but it’s not a walk in the park. In this episode of the SFF podcast, Sofia Luzon recalls the late nights of sewing, packing & shipping, talking with suppliers, and more sewing for her lingerie brand. Not only was it overwhelming, but it took 5 years of dedicated work for Sofia to even pay herself – and even that was less than minimum wage!
    Then, after attending our Freelance Week last year and learning from some of my free resources, Sofia decided to dip her toes into the world of fashion freelancing. After creating a portfolio, an account on Upwork, and working up the courage to start pitching, she had her first client in just 10 days. Not only is she in complete control of her work life, but she is consulting for brands and hasn’t been without a project since. 
    Listen to this episode to learn how Sofia started her career, and you might want to rethink your journey in starting a brand. Plus, get tips on how Sofia found clients, sent pitches, and gained confidence to have a sustainable income as a fashion freelancer. 
    For the complete show notes, including links to the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 51 min
    SFF159: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: How to Pick a Niche for Surface Pattern Designers (plus more on pitching & pricing)

    SFF159: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: How to Pick a Niche for Surface Pattern Designers (plus more on pitching & pricing)

    Surface pattern design is a broad category that includes textile design and print and pattern design for all sorts of applications, from dishware to packaging to office supplies. If you’ve been listening to the SFF podcast for long, you know how important niching down is for finding freelance clients. But in such a diverse specialty, figuring out what to focus on can be a big challenge!
     
    In this episode, I walk surface pattern designer Rachelle Fields through choosing the niche she wants to focus on. Then we go on to talk about pricing, and what to include in a textile design contract so both you and your client walk away happy.

    For the complete show notes, including links to the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    SFF159: What Does a Freelance Fashion Designer Do? (It may surprise you!)

    SFF159: What Does a Freelance Fashion Designer Do? (It may surprise you!)

    If you’re interested in freelancing in the fashion industry, but you don’t know where to start, this one’s for you! Learn what services freelancers can offer (spoiler alert: It’s way more than just “design”!), how to decide what YOUR services should be, and the secret that makes getting started as a freelancer 10X easier! Plus, get inspired by stories of real-life Successful Fashion Freelancers who are loving their flexible careers in fashion. 

    For the complete show notes, including links to the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 13 min
    SFF158: How this Freelance Textile Designer Outearned Her Salary (in her first year of freelancing)

    SFF158: How this Freelance Textile Designer Outearned Her Salary (in her first year of freelancing)

    Struggling to find a job (even after attending a respected fashion school)? Stuck at a job that sucks the joy out of life (but feel like it’s your only option)? Laid off (and not sure if fashion is worth the struggle anymore)? If you’re fed up with the fashion industry, but don’t want to give up on the work you love, this episode is for you! 
     
    If any of those situations sound familiar, Textile Designer and Successful Fashion Freelancer Katerina Dimovska has been there too. But her transformational story is proof that you don’t have to leave the fashion industry to have creative, fulfilling work that lights you up! Now she’s earning more than she did in her full time job, she has the freedom to travel between her family in Macedonia and her partner in Italy, and she’s finally doing work she truly loves. 

    For the complete show notes, including links to the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 55 min
    SFF157: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What to Do When a Client Ghosts Me (and how to charge for meetings + phone calls)

    SFF157: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What to Do When a Client Ghosts Me (and how to charge for meetings + phone calls)

    Are you charging too much as a fashion freelancer? Money is one of the most awkward subjects for many newer fashion freelancers, and a fair rate can deter some clients. But your time is valuable! If you’re setting or raising your freelance rates and worried that charging what you’re worth will scare potential clients away, this one’s for you. Listen for tips on how to avoid this tough scenario, and to learn why losing freelance clients because of your rate might not be a bad thing!

    For the complete show notes, including links to the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 50 min
    SFF156: How to Source Fabrics for Your Freelance Clients

    SFF156: How to Source Fabrics for Your Freelance Clients

    Whether you’re new to the fashion industry or you’ve only worked for bigger brands, sourcing fabrics and trims for smaller brands can be a daunting task for many freelancers. How do you find fabric suppliers with low minimums? How do you know if a fabric supplier is any good? And what are the basic steps to buying fabric for a small fashion brand?

    In this episode of the Successful Fashion Freelancer Podcast, I’m once again chatting with Jay Arbetman, the founder of The Sourcing District. Since he started helping out with the family coat business at age 14, Jay has accumulated 50 years of experience in the fashion industry. A lot has changed since the last time I interviewed him in 2017, especially when it comes to startup brands, sustainability, and freelancing in fashion. 

    Don’t miss The Complete Guide to Sourcing Fabric with Low Minimums. And for the complete show notes and links to all the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
285 Ratings

285 Ratings

RK0622 ,

So empowered!

I’ve been listening to this podcast for YEARS and Heidi has definitely given me the confidence to pursue a freelance career and I’m so stoked for all her free resources and support 💯

Sunnibrebee ,

Informative

Very informational and helpful! Thank you Heidi for helping small designers like me.

candykoala ,

Love this!

Love your podcast. It is EVERYTHING for a fashion newbie such as myself. Sending everyone to listen and than you!!!

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