Daniel Futerman // Creative in Motion
Daniel Futerman // Creative in Motion

I work from my home office, set my own hours and do business with amazing clients worldwide. Love my job. I help businesses increase revenue & freelancers grow their business. Top rated motion graphics freelancer on Upwork.

Daniel Futerman // Creative in Motion

Successful freelancers have one thing in common.

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Successful freelancers have one thing in common.

Freelancing is an amazing way to balance work and family, but I don’t believe in shortcuts. I believe in working hard to build strong foundations that will gradually grow your business.

I also believe there’s no proven structure to success; but there are plenty of tools, methods, and mindsets that can help you grow your freelance business the right way.

Freelancing is a lot of things; it’s a way of life, it’s working from home, it’s freedom to work on anything you like – from anywhere you like, it’s setting your own hours, it’s taking vacation without asking your boss – because you are the boss, it’s becoming a brand, it’s setting your prices, it’s spending more time with your family… the list goes on…

But even with the advantage of increased control over your work and personal life, it’s important to understand and address the misconceptions about freelancing.

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Freelancing is hard work.

Freelancing is not easy, it’s not for everyone, it’s not ‘set and forget,’ it’s not a one-time gig, and yes – it has disadvantages too.

Having no set hours makes it harder to differentiate between work and family time, working from home can be challenging, there are no guarantees, no monthly paycheck (we’ll talk about that later in the series), no sick pay. It’s you and yourself.

Success doesn’t come easy. It requires strong willpower, excellent communication skills, consistency, flexibility, multitasking, time management, patience, a proven skillset, marketing, clear strategy, goals, vision and one more thing… one that I consider the most important.


Having passion for what you are doing is key to your success. I believe this is true not only in regards to freelancing, but in anything you do in life.

Without passion, it will be very hard to get through the tough times, the struggles, the long (yes, long) work hours, and keep your long-term vision in mind.

If your skillset represents your wheels and your business acts as your engine, then your passion is the fuel that keeps your engine running and your wheels moving forward no matter the circumstances.

Your skillset is the wheels, your business is the engine, your passion is the fuel.Click To Tweet


What’s your passion?

Being passionate about something means you have an intense desire or strong enthusiasm for what you’re doing. It means every time you do that thing you’re happy you’re doing it. Every time you get to work you’re happy to be at work. Every time you meet a new client you’re thrilled to get started with his project.

You get excited by the thought of knowing more about and being better at what you’re doing.

Do what you love.

When I hear stories about people who go to work every day but don’t enjoy any minute of their time at work – I feel sad for them. It shouldn’t be that way. We probably spend over 50% of our lives at work, so shouldn’t we enjoy, or at least try to enjoy that time?

Confucius said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. That’s how I feel at work. I enjoy every minute of my time, and (most of the time) don’t feel like I’m working. It’s just me, getting paid for doing what I love.

‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’Click To Tweet

But your passion in life and your passion at work don’t necessarily have to correlate. Not everything you’re passionate about in life is something that should transition from being a hobby to being your business. You can be passionate about cooking, but that doesn’t necessarily mean opening a restaurant is right for you.

I’m passionate about creating, and doing what I love keeps the smile on my face.


And then there’s motivation, which is similar to passion, but different.

Motivation is the cause. The inspiration. It’s the why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s the reason you get out of bed in the morning. It’s the efforts you keep making to achieve your goals. With no motivation and enthusiasm to do whatever it is you do – your gas tank will run empty and your wheels will stop turning.

What motivates you?

My motivation is my family, and being the man God wants me to be.

I believe the principles of passion and motivation are true for both freelancers and employees. No matter where you work and what it is you do, your passion and motivation are what move you forward.

Keep those questions in mind. In future posts we’ll talk more about getting started, and these questions will act as our guide.


Key takeaways

  1. Freelancing is amazing. It gives you the control and freedom to set the terms and balance between life and work the way you choose.
  2. Freelancing isn’t easy. It’s hard work, and requires several qualities and skills.
  3. Freelancing isn’t right for everyone, and not everyone is right for freelancing.
  4. Passion and motivation are key to success. Without them, you’ll eventually run out of gas and stop moving forward.

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Daniel Futerman // Creative in Motion. I work from my home office, set my own hours and do business with amazing clients worldwide. Love my job. I strive to help creatives like yourself reach the next milestone of their freelance career.

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  • Adam
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    Hey Dan, great post! I’m super passionate about photography but don’t know how I can (of if I should) turn that passion into a business? Working as a photographer would be a dream come true 🙂

    • Daniel Futerman
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      Hi Adam, thanks! Glad to hear you liked the post. Your question is great and I was actually considering adding a paragraph about that, but then decided to dedicate an entire post to the subject because it’s so important (coming soon).

      But I won’t keep you hanging. As a start, ask yourself these questions:

      – Do businesses need photographers? (Yes!)
      – Would people in general need to hire photographers? (Weddings, events…)
      – Do you have the skills needed to be a professional photographer? If not, where can you learn those skills?
      – What specific types of photography are most profitable? Which of those are you most interested in?

      Once you know the answers to those questions (and it’s important to do good research), then it would be time to move on to the next stage. But I’ll share more about that later on in this series.

  • Greg Stevens
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    This is so true. I used to go to work everyday and hated every minute of it but then went freelance and started doing what I love, and everything change from that moment forward. I won’t say there aren’t struggles (freelancing is very hard work), but since I’m doing what I love and am passionate about it’s worth every second.

    • Daniel Futerman
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      Great to hear you’re doing what you love Greg! That’s what freelancing is all about.

  • Maggie
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    “…then your passion is the fuel that keeps your engine running and your wheels moving forward” Loved this!!!

  • James
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    Thanks for the detailed post man, really enjoyed reading it!

    I’ve been a part-time freelancer (in graphic design) for 3 years now and I’m really looking to make the leap into being full-time. Can you please share how you knew it was time to make the transitions into full-time freelancing?

    Cheers! James

    • Daniel Futerman
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      Hey James, that’s a great question so thanks for asking. This isn’t something I can answer briefly, but I’ll be devoting an entire post to answering this question. I’ll be sure to ping you here once it’s out 😉

  • Anonymous
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    Thanks for the post. I am working 15 to 16 hours most of the day in my job.. and i spend 2 hours for travling to reach the office…there is no personal life left for me..now i decided to do freelance work..i am a begainer in freelancing..and ur post is giving the guidence to people like me..thnks

    • Daniel Futerman
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      I’m really glad to hear you found the post to be helpful. Freelancing is an excellent way to balance work and family life, but it’s important to do things right from the start in order to build strong foundations that will make your business stable. Hopefully throughout this series I’ll be able to provide helpful pointers and guides on how to build those foundations the right way.

  • Dustin W. Stout
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    Firstly, I’m really digging the blog design you’ve got here. Clean, easy on the eyes and these comments are beautiful!

    Secondly, I love the direction you’re headed for freelancers. Excited to see what you do next!

    • Daniel Futerman
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      Hey Dustin, it’s awesome to see you here so thanks for tuning in! Hearing such positive input about the design means a lot when it comes from you.

      And thanks for your kind words, I’m truly hoping these posts will provide value and be as helpful as possible for all the freelancers out there.

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