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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.

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 260 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.

    SFF131 How this fashion freelancer is charging $85/hr (during the pandemic!)

    SFF131 How this fashion freelancer is charging $85/hr (during the pandemic!)

    One of the most common myths about freelancing in fashion is that brands won’t pay a fair hourly wage. Today’s guest blows that myth out of the water--sharing how she’s been charging up to $85 an hour over the past year (yes, during the pandemic!). From tips on finding clients, to pricing, retainers, and contracts, this interview is packed with the kind of freelance advice no one else in the industry is talking about. 

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

    • 1 hr 43 min
    SFF130 Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What if brands think I'm an idiot?

    SFF130 Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What if brands think I'm an idiot?

    Sometimes the thing you *think* you’re stuck on is just a distraction from what’s really holding you back. In this Fashion Freelancer Q&A, technical designer Jaylene asks where to find freelance clients. But over the course of the conversation, she realizes that it’s not finding the brands that’s most challenging, but putting herself out there to pitch her services.

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

    • 34 min
    SFF129 How this designer freelanced while starting her fashion brand

    SFF129 How this designer freelanced while starting her fashion brand

    Launching a fashion brand is expensive. And many designers who dream of having their own brand find themselves stuck in this dilemma: You need to work to support yourself while you’re starting your brand. But a full time job hardly leaves any time to work on your line! In this interview, Atlanta-based sustainable designer Christina Yother shares how she launched and funded her fashion brand while working full time, freelancing, and navigating the effects of the pandemic on the fashion industry!

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

    • 1 hr 3 min
    SFD128 Saying Goodbye to the Successful Fashion Designer Podcast

    SFD128 Saying Goodbye to the Successful Fashion Designer Podcast

    This is a very special episode--and the last episode of the Successful Fashion Designer Podcast. But don’t worry. Better things are coming, and we hope you’ll be along for the ride! In this episode, Heidi & Tara chat about the future of Successful Fashion Designer, and what this huge change means to you. 

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

    • 26 min
    SFD127 How this 22 year old designer got featured by Vogue

    SFD127 How this 22 year old designer got featured by Vogue

    This is my second interview with Noémie Jouas, a young designer who started creating bespoke dresses from her college housing in small-town Scotland. Since I spoke to her last, she’s had her first runway show, adapted to the pandemic, and gotten her work featured by both Teen Vogue and Vogue. 

    For links to Noemie and her original interview, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 53 min
    SFD126 How to Find Freelance Fashion Design Clients

    SFD126 How to Find Freelance Fashion Design Clients

    Learn new strategies for finding freelance fashion design clients, and charging a retainer for consistent income! Sophia is a full-time fashion freelancer who moved from NYC to Texas and grew her freelance business--during Covid! If you’ve been struggling to find clients for your freelance fashion business, this episode is a must listen.

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

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
260 Ratings

260 Ratings

Yellow bellies ,

New fashion designer

I just love the successful fashion designer podcast. I wish it was an ending because it is so insightful and so helpful. Thank you so much for all that you’ve done. And if there’s a way that you cannot in this, keep it going!

fdstudent ,

Fave podcast!

This podcast is so insightful and inspiring I recommend it to all my fashion design friends!

Sweater Geek ,

Wow!

I really love this podcast! I have been a fashion designer in NY for 7 years and I have learned SO much from this podcast! Also I had no idea it was a possibility for me to go freelance and get my own clients! I’m preparing myself to do that now! Heidi also has many other resources in her website to make that happen!

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