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My Biggest Freelance Disasters! Embarrassing Moments Inside

Lindsay Marsh, Teacher & Freelance Designer 12+ Years

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5 Videos (16m)
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    • Sued for $1400 for Copyright Infringement

    • Major Spelling Disaster!

    • Lost $1,000 worth of work by not getting a deposit upfront

    • Hit with a $10,000+ tax bill!

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About This Class

After 12+ years in the freelance business, I have run into my fair share of disasters! They are bound to happen, but let me tell you my most embarrassing moments in my career and give you tips on how to avoid my mistakes! I will tell you about the time when...

1.) I got sued for $1,400 for photo copyright infringement. We will then review when you need to purchase a photo, what is standard and extended licensing on photos and when you need them.

2.) The story of how I misspelled a states name on a state wide campaign. We will then review a tactic to prevent this from happening to you! 

3.) How I got scammed out of 30-40 hours of freelance work because I did not have a contract. Learn where to create one and why they are so important. 

4.) Got a nasty $10,000 tax bill surprise! Learn all about quarterly taxes, when and how to pay them.

This is a very open class for me to teach as it opens me up to being human and making big mistakes (normal!). I hope you enjoy watching these videos, I tried to keep them short and fun. I am glad I can look back on these mistakes and learn from them! and hopefully you can too. 

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Great info! I do think that in the case of the typo, the client should have been entirely to blame – not you! Clients who provide content should be held responsible for its accuracy, unless stated otherwise in the contract. (Also, on screen it should have been "lose the client", not "loose". :) Thanks for sharing your experiences and wisdom.
Amy Greenan


This class was very helpful. I learned some great tips that I can apply to my design business. Thanks!
Really enjoyed watching this class. Thank you for publishing it. Lisa
Lisa Rusczyk ❤️

Teacher, Author, Crafter, Blogger, & Ed. D.





Lindsay Marsh

Teacher & Freelance Designer 12+ Years