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The 99U Guide to The Basics

Finally sitting down to put together your portfolio, bio, and website but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right spot. Here’s a starter pack of advice for getting started.

How to Write a Better Bio

It's less comprehensive than an About Me page, but more than a resume objective. Here’s our guide to writing the tricky but crucial bio statement all freelance creatives need.

Essential Steps to Making a Killer Portfolio

A primer on planning, presenting, and posting your best work.

No Clients, No Deadlines—Welcome to the Hell of Redesigning Your Own Website

While there's no perfect formula for designing a successful website, here are a few different approaches.

When Should You Get an Illustration Agent (Hint: Maybe Never)?

Love handling all your own contracts, clients, and fees? Stay agent-free, friend.

3 Steps For Bridging “The Confidence Gap”

To combat your fear of risk taking, you’re going to need a plan.

You’re Never Too Young (or Old) to Mentor

Mentoring is not a one-way street reserved purely for experienced workers to hand their wisdom down to those just starting out. People of all ages can benefit from, and provide, mentorship.

The First Five Years: What Should be in your Portfolio?

Employers will see a ton of to-do list apps and craft beer labels in portfolios that come across their desks — what makes yours unique?

How Do You Find Clients? Designers Share Their Best Advice

How do individual designers and firms get their work seen and, more importantly, commissioned, at a time when freelance marketplaces such as Upwork, Fiverr and 99Designs have thousands of designers competing for work? We reached out a handful of entrepreneurial designers to learn how they snag clients.

Watch Out for These Phrases Designed to Trap Freelancers

The jargon, manipulation, bad intentions, good intentions but bad behavior, and downright BS that should make creatives run the other way.

10 Tips for an Awesome Coffee Meeting

Coffee meetings are the staple of building a great network. But first, know a few of the basics like don't be late, follow up, and always respect the other person's time.

How to Write an ‘About Me’ Page That Gets You Hired

Writing about yourself doesn't have to be anxiety-inducing. Keep it simple and put your inner critic aside.

Why We All Need a Personal Website – Plus Practical Tips for How to Build One

It's good for you, your data, and your career to build and maintain a personal website. It's also essential to creating a free, open, and inspiring web. Here's how to get started.

How To Break The Mold & Reinvent Your Resumé

To get great work, you have to get noticed. A curated collection of resumes and other self-promo pieces that break the mold and spark genuine interest.