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Creative Hold

Creative Hold

By Jeremy Jusoh
We help you grow your creative business with actionable advice and stories from building our own agency. Listen for tips of the best tools that have helped us go from idea to a successful studio and more personal topics like how to be more confident in client meetings. We have a great mix of the practical and the emotional things that come up running you own creative business day to day.

We also have a great community of creatives so join the Facebook group or check out the blog for stories from other founders, weekly blogposts and free guides.
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How to stay motivated in your business

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How to get zero revisions on you design concepts
How can you create designs that excite your clients, appeal to their customers and look great on your portfolio? We share our experience on how to partner up with your client to build that important trust and how to present your work to eliminate any question marks. Send us a voice message Record my question Helpful links: Our Youtube channel Design Sprints How to leverage trends Join the Facebook community
April 23, 2020
How to stay motivated in your business
If everyday life and routines makes you feel a little unmotivated, this is the episode for you. We get to the bottom of inspiration, how we react to change and give you 5 actionable tips to get and stay motivated in your design business. Helpful links we mention: Calendar planning  Our Youtube channel  The Facebook Community Kayla - collect content on time automatically Start your free trial For daily tips and inspiration, follow us on social media Instagram Facebook
April 09, 2020
How to leverage trends to improve your designs
In today's episode, we talk to Mohamed Ismail. Mohamed designs colours, materials and finishes and is an expert at spotting and applying trends. We talk about what makes something a trend, how to know when a trend is dying and how to spot the difference between a typical designer and a trend expert so you can become one. Connect with Mohamed: Instagram Website LinkedIn Collect content quick and automatically with Kayla: Start your free 30 day trial Like more tips? Check out our Youtube channel! Visit our channel Join the Facebook community: Join now
March 26, 2020
How to design packaging
In today’s episode, we talk about packaging design. What does it take to design packaging? Do you need to be an InDesign wizard, what information do you need to include and what do you do if something goes wrong in the printing process? We will answer all this and much more so keep listening and enjoy the episode! Collect content from clients quick and easy with Kayla: Key takeaways: Always have the branding in place before you start designing packaging Make sure you have all the information before you start Always ask the printer to do a test run/print proof before you go to production Specify in your contract what happens if something goes wrong in the printing process Use mockups to help your client see your vision Links to resources mentioned: Set up die lines in Illustrator Yellow images More from us: Our Youtube channel Agency Academy Instagram (for daily tips and inspiration)
March 12, 2020
Managing projects - the top creative tools we can't live without
We discuss all our favorite tools and how we use them to make life easier and our clients happy! The episode is divided in to tools for each stage of the creative process, from sending invoices to asking for feedback and project hand-off. For links to all the creative tools and the infographic, visit: If you have a favorite tool we missed, send us a voice message Have a lovely creative day!
September 26, 2019
How to build a business you love - grow big or stay small?
How does the size of your business affect your feelings about it? What is a big business? Does it mean you have a big team, lots of revenue or that you can work with your dream clients? We discuss benefits and potential struggles of growing a creative business and how to find out what you actually want.
September 12, 2019
How do you run a business with a partner?
In this episode, Malin and Jeremy talk about how to run a business as a married couple or with a new partner. How do you talk about difficult topics, divide up work and decide who will take that next meeting? If you ever thought about getting some more help in your business or just feel curious about what it is like to work with your significant other, this is the perfect episode for you!.
August 30, 2019
The perfect proposal
In this episode, Malin and Jeremy talk about how to create proposals that turn leads in to clients. The perfect proposal is all about building trust and show your value, find out how to do this and download the free template (below) to follow along.
August 15, 2019
How to nail your brand messaging
In this minisode, Louise Shanahan talks about how to listen to your customers and use their own voice to nail your brand messaging. Find out how to do research, make sense of what you find and then create compelling and effective ways to speak directly to your perfect customer. This is a skill you can use both for clients and your own business.  
August 01, 2019
Sustainable Design (archive favourite)
Jeremy and Malin talk about how Vince Frost took the difficult experience of burnout and created the "design your life" movement. We also look at how you can help your clients be more sustainable and what to say if someone is trying to use greenwashing to market their company.
June 06, 2019
Minisode - Feeling overwhelmed
In this minisode, Jeremy and Malin talk about what it is like to feel overwhelmed when you run your own business. There will be tips for overcoming negative feelings and how to stay excited about your business and not get stuck in the comparison game. 
May 23, 2019
Agency-Freelancer relationships
Jeremy and Malin talk about Matt Johnson and when it is time to hire a freelancer for your business. In the advice section, we look at what makes a great agency-freelancer relationship, how to get more work as a freelancer and how to find the right freelancer for your projects. 
May 09, 2019
How to get your first clients
Jeremy and Malin talk about Seth Godin and his philosophy around appealing to a few people well rather than making your marketing about numbers. We also talk about how we found our first clients and tips for getting out of the office and make new connections that actually lead to work.
April 25, 2019
Creative confidence
Jeremy and Malin talk about David Kelley and how the framework of human centred design is empowering creatives and non-creatives alike to tackle new challenges. We also discuss how you can feel more confident when you present to clients and how to get the confidence to charge more for your work.
April 04, 2019
Attracting clients
Jeremy and Malin talk about how Stefan Sagmeister turned his passion for music in to a profitable niche and earned him the reputation as an edgy and innovative agency. We also look at how you can find your own niche and a three step strategy to attracting clients through your marketing and website.
March 21, 2019
Sustainable Design
Jeremy and Malin talk about how Vince Frost took the difficult experience of burnout and created the "design your life" movement. We also look at how you can help your clients be more sustainable and what to say if someone is trying to use greenwashing to market their company.
March 07, 2019
Making money from side projects
Jeremy and Malin talk about Louise Fili's extraordinary side projects and how she turned her passion for Italy in to a sustainable part of her business. We look at how to get started with making money from your own passion projects, from ideas to common pitfalls to avoid. 
February 21, 2019
Jeremy and Malin look in to Michael Bierut's design career and the famous rebrands for Mohawk papers and Mastercard. We get tips on how to conduct a successful rebrand and what to keep in mind, including how to find out what customers want, good reasons to rebrand and how to deal with criticism. 
February 06, 2019