Scope Force Spotlight! Let's Celebrate Small Business Week

It’s Small Business Week and to celebrate we’re shining a spotlight on you, Scope Force!

The Scope was created to provide resources and community to freelancers and what better way to connect with our mantra than to share more about you and your unique businesses.

Throughout this week, meet members of our Scope Force community and learn more about the people - just like you - taking on and thriving at freelance life! Be inspired, connect with someone new, hire a fellow freelancer, share your passions, and grow together!

Check back here on Wednesday and Friday for new blog posts and everyday this week on Instagram to learn more about your fellow freelancers.

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Carly Teigeler of CE Studios

“I'm a graphic designer, specializing in branding & web design for small businesses.“

Connect with her on Instagram: @carlyelainestudios

See her work: carlyelainestudios.com

What’s your favorite thing about freelance life?

Getting to wear all the hats! I love doing creative work, but I also love managing client relationships and running the back end of a business - I love that I get to do it all!

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your freelance career?

Learning how to protect my time and set boundaries with my clients. At the beginning, I answered every email as it came in, and would frequently work full weekends without taking any time off. These days, I check my emails three times a day at maximum, and I make sure to mention my work hours & other boundaries as often as possible at the beginning of a new project - and sometimes even throughout!

What’s one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring freelancer?

Push your limits to see where they really are, but keep enough awareness to know when you need to pull back and reclaim some time for yourself.


Brittani Millington of Brittani M Design

“A brand and visual designer creating obtainable solutions for small businesses.“

Connect with her on Instagram: @brittanimdesign

See her work: brittanimdesign.com

What’s your favorite thing about freelance life?

I like knowing I control my career journey and exploring different aspects on my own terms.

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your freelance career?

Giving my self time to develop. I forget sometimes that it can take a few years to get your dreams off the ground.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring freelancer?

Do the research of your business industry. Being in the know helps you to be update in the services or goods you provide.

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Jessica “JB” Brightman of Bright Thoughts Design

“Visual identity branding and graphic design for entrepreneurs + small to mid-size businesses.“

Connect with her on Instagram: @brightthoughts.design

See her work: brightthoughts.me

What’s your favorite thing about freelance life?

I chose to start my own business, Bright Thoughts, for one reason: freedom, both my clients' and my own. Freelancing allows me the flexibility to work independent of location or constraints to help multiple businesses shine their brightest, making sure the correct message and vision is communicated to their audiences.

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your freelance career?

Figuring out your worth and standing by it.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring freelancer?

Be prepared for learning curves on so many different topics that you didn't even think you'd need to consider before starting on your own.


Marissa Hill of Ramble & Red Digital

“Social media and influencer marketing strategy.“

Connect with her on LinkedIn: /marissanhill

See her work: rambleandred.com

What’s your favorite thing about freelance life?

Flexibility of who I work with and when.

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your freelance career?

Not charging enough.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring freelancer?

Always keep networking and staying in touch with connections.

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Cynthia Plunkett of CP Marketing & Co.

“We are a full-service digital marketing agency servicing the healthcare industry.“

Connect with her on LinkedIn: /cp-marketing-co

See her work: cpmarketingco.com

What’s your favorite thing about freelance life?

I love the control I have over every step of the process so far. It's so rewarding when a proposal gets signed, especially since I'm wearing most of the hats in the business. From pitching to delivering a custom strategy, it's been a fun part of sales that I didn't think I would enjoy so much.

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your freelance career?

Not taking it personally when a proposal isn't signed. Since I dedicate my heart to each pitch and proposal, it's hard to be rejected. I think back to the start of the sales process and re-evaluate where mistakes could have been addressed or where I could have better understood what the client needed.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring freelancer?

Your close friends and business professional friends are your greatest assets. Ask them questions, ask them for advice on REALLY specific things, like proposals and taxes. Their answers could be more accurate than what Google provides. Plus, they'll likely share a unique experience to help you avoid mistakes they made at the beginning too.


Teresa Pham of Sunday Stories Design Studio

“We offer unique custom websites and premade website themes for creative female entrepreneurs, bloggers, and influencers that capture their brand and captivate their audience.“

Connect with her on Instagram: @sundaystoriesdesign

See her work: linkedin.com/in/teephams/

What’s your favorite thing about freelance life?

Being able to work from home / anywhere / desired coffee shop of day and not having to schedule the rest of my life around my 9-5.

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your freelance career?

Juggling all aspects by myself (marketing, content creation, designing, admin etc.) and not being overwhelmed by it; also, getting clients starting out!

What’s one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring freelancer?

Although it's great to have long-term goals and be future-minded, when it gets overwhelming, try to take everything one day at a time and remind yourself to just show up for yourself. Sometimes, your confidence and self-worth can take a hit when everything is on your shoulders and you're eventually pitching yourself and your worth to people day in and day out. Remember that there are other people you can reach out to and plenty of people happy to help or be a resource -- just ask.

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Check back on Wednesday and Friday to meet more members from our Scope Force community!