Who are you? What’s your background?
George is the founder of CollabMiami, a group in Miami, Florida that is made up of creative freelancers. They get together once a month for meetups and work out of different different spaces all over Miami.
George was born in Miami, and is of Cuban descent. He has freelanced since he was in high school, and he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in design. After graduation, he found himself back in Miami and decided to change the way freelancers worked with ad agencies.
With years of experience building creative teams, George decided to bridge the creative networking gap and created CollabMiami. Over the last two years, he has connected with hundreds of freelancers in the community. He is working to have an industry filled with coworking spaces that freelancers can start collaborating with other freelancers and build relationships.
What is CollabMiami?
CollabMiami is the product of George’s knowledge and love for the creative networking industry. He felt a need to get together with other freelancers. He also wanted a place that freelancers of all backgrounds could pool their resources together and help one another.
He started CollabMiami with a simple gesture on social media. He told the world he was going to Starbucks, wrote the address down, and went on his way. To his surprise, total strangers appeared, and they were all able to meet one another and create relationships in the industry.
From there, CollabMiami became the perfect way for collaborating with other freelancers, and the business skyrocketed. Now, CollabMiami is so popular that coworking want to host their events.
You talk a lot about how freelancers need to make a mental jump as it pertains to running a business. What do you mean by that?
George believes that “ A skill does not a business make” and that you shouldn’t waste your skill by not marketing yourself and crunching numbers. He knows that it may be hard for some creatives to work on the admin processes of their business, but he considers it an integral part of running a business.
While there is no Hustling 101 class, George recommends lining out a detailed business plan. Once that’s complete, he suggests to start collaborating with other freelancers, so you can get a better understanding of the business and implementing ways to help it run more smoothly.
What are some of the steps freelancers can take so they can start seeing themselves as business owners? (We can riff about money here. I’m sure lots of stuff will come up haha.)
There isn’t a one size fits all, but a few steps that freelancers can take are:
- Say you’re going to be a freelancer and commit to it!
- Determine how much money your business will require to run and help you pay your bills.
- Stop making excuses if you really want to be a business owner.
- Learn different skills that will help you market yourself as a freelancer
- Start collaborating with other freelancers that DON’T do what you do, so you can gain knowledge and help each other
Every freelancer takes a different path, but these steps are tried and true when it comes to building your freelance business, and many freelancers have found success with them.
As a finance website, the main thing to take away from this is to be prepared financially. You don’t have to have all of your ducks in a row, but it’s important to know how you will pay your bills, if your current clients can sustain your lifestyle, and to really gauge if your business model is working and making you money.
Whatever you do, don’t skip the finance portion in your business plan! It could make or break your business, and your confidence as a freelancer. Don’t let the lack of planning undermine your creativity. And make sure you keep your business and personal finances separate!
How does CollabMiami help freelancers?
CollabMiami was created to help freelancers start and continue collaborating with other freelancers. Since then, it has grown to become a way for freelancers to mentor others, build teams of like minded freelancers, and create friendships that last.
At CollabMiami, a freelancer can meet with people willing to share information and grow their creative community. Not only will you be around individuals that just get you, but you’ll also have the opportunity to grow your own business and help someone with theirs. Any freelancer can join CollabMiami, meet with other freelancers, and work on growing their business.
What’s one tip listeners can implement right away to improve their finances?
Stop spending money. Control the value of what you purchase and don’t let things consume you.
How do you make money your honey?
George believes in having multiple sources of income. He owns a few business including a nail polish subscription box SquareHue that he owns with his wife, and of course CollabMiami.
- The CollabMiami Website : Sign up for their email invites to know where they are meeting next!
- Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
- GeorgeCuevas.com and his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
Resources Mentioned Or That Add Value to This Podcast:
- Behance – For web and graphic designers.
- Squarehue – A nail polish subscription box George and his wife co-founded. I’m a member!
- Make Money Your Honey Academy – Membership site where you get access to every class I’ve ever taught and a group coaching call with me.
- Make Money Your Honey With Freelance Writing – On-demand course where I teach you how to create a mid five figure business as a freelance writer.