Running a 3D Modeling/Animation Business Freelance/Full-time

Turning your talent in 3D into an income for you is possible as a freelancer or (even better) as a small business owner.
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Instructed by Sam Lytle Design / 3D & Animation
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  • Lectures 29
  • Contents Video: 2 hours
    Other: 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Join almost 1000 students learning how to make more money with their 3D talents!

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THIS COURSE IS NOW FREE! 

April 22, 2015 UPDATE: More content added to the BONUSES section!

Jan. 12, 2015 UPDATE: New content added in the BONUSES section!

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Do you want to know how to turn your 3D modeling or animating skills into an actual business that will get you out of your day job?

Your ability to create wonderful things in 3D isn't just a talent you possess- it is a powerful way to make money and build a profitable business.

My name is Sam Lytle and after creating a unique smartphone app concept called the OggBoard that gained the attention of CNET, Kotaku and Engadget, I built a strong 3D modeling and animating team that successfully developed the hardware and software proof of concept for this idea.

Unfortunately, at this time, I didn't understand vital business concept such as building a brand or developing a platform and OggStudios never left the launch pad.

I have now used the lessons learned from the OggBoard along with my education and experience in civil engineering to build another 3D visualization studio, this time focusing on the transportation and construction industry.

Civil FX is still growing but I am already able to work on the biggest jobs in my industry and support my family of 5 and a small team.

In Running a 3D Modeling/ Animation Business I break down the mistakes that 3D artists typically make when stepping into freelancing and how to break free from competing in online freelance marketplaces and move towards finding the best clients with the biggest jobs for ultimate profitability.

I also show how to find out where you want to take your business and how to use your Unfair Advantage and a written business plan to reach this ultimate destination.

I worked for public and private companies for many years before finally having enough private clients to leave my job to pursue Civil FX full time.

Learning how to monetize my 3D modeling and animating skills has changed my life and I am confident that it will change yours as well.

Get ready to completely change the way you think about making money with your talent as a 3D artist!

If you aren't completely satisfied with this course you can get your money back - with no questions asked - for 30 days!!

What are the requirements?

  • You should already be able to create or animate in 3D.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand how to turn your talent into money
  • Create an outstanding brand and platform
  • Find better clients with bigger projects
  • Understand your unfair advantage
  • Write a business plan
  • Progress from freelance work to running a successful business
  • Work towards passive income

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for 3D artists or 3D designers who want to monetize their talent.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:25

There are a lot of courses available that show you how to be an expert at 3D modeling. This course is different. Instead of discussing how to improve your 3D modeling and animating abilities, this course is designed to monitize your craft by growing a profitable business.

05:24

My company is called Civil FX and I have set it up in a way that I can provide for my family of 5 and also work towards working where and when I want. But Civil FX isn't my first attempt at a 3D modeling or animation company...

02:14

Think you are going to make millions by becoming the best 3D artist in all the land?

Think again.

Section 2: The Business
02:24

Forming a business is more than just getting paid for a service or product. In this lecture we discuss what business entity you should form and how to go about it.

07:25

Forming a business is more than just getting paid for a service or product. In this lecture we discuss what business entity you should form and how to go about it.

03:43

There will probably be times when you need legal or accounting advice. While you can possibly figure this stuff on your own, serious business owners eventually seek professional advice.

Section 3: Business Infrastructure
02:06

As you will be potentially spending thousands of hours per year working on projects, getting your workspace right is absolutely vital to maximizing your productivity and output.

05:13

We all know that we need specific hardware and software for our businesses but did you know you might be able to write off these types of purchases on your taxes? I discuss this and more in this lecture.

Section 4: Branding
03:03

You are your own brand, right? Well, maybe not but then you have a logo as your brand... right? I sort out branding in this lecture.

05:51

Platform is an industry buzzword these days but that's because it is increasingly important if you want exposure and good clients.

04:12

Social media isn't something you waste your time on talking to your high school buddies. Rather, when used correctly, social media can be a highly effective way to deliberately build out your platform and connect with potential clients and customers.

Section 5: Marketing
05:11

Brand is the passive process of honing your public image but what about active marketing? Enter: advertising

04:51

There are better ways to find clients than by cold calling or competing on freelance websites.

05:54

Having a warm lead on a project is great, but we need to plan our approach on this project to ensure that we actually get it.

02:33

Everyone markets but what can you do to take your marketing to the next level?

Section 6: The Project
03:49

Getting projects are great but deliberate project management can ensure that you always satisfy the client.

05:05

There are thousands of ways to communicate in this day and age but we need to approach coordination on an individual basis with team members and clients.

04:13

Delivering files, sending and invoice and preventing scope creep are just a few steps in successfully closing out a project.

Section 7: Strategy
03:47

What makes you unique? How are you going to stand out against the competition?

04:32

The question of "How much should I charge?" is an important one that we tackle in this lecture.

03:39

Increasing productivity leads to higher profitability and more free time for you.

Section 8: Your Business Plan
02:45

Business plans: important, even if you aren't presenting on Shark Tank.

02:01

Alright, enough of me talking. Now let's make a business plan!

Section 9: The Next Level
04:20

Working hard is important but knowing where you want to end up is even more important.

03:24

If you want your business or freelancing to be successful your team will need to grow, even if you never have employees.

02:53

Freelancing may be better than having a job, but running a business is even better because we are now getting to the point where we are making money, even if we are sleeping.

Section 10: Conclusion
04:39

I hope that you will connect with me so that I can watch you take your business to the next level.

Course Review
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Section 11: BONUSES
21:47

One of the best ways to keep up with what I am doing is to listen to the Civil FX Podcast which I record weekly. I've included the very first episode (00) where I tell my background and story in this course.

I now have 30+ episodes where I detail not only how to make premium 3D visualization for civil engineering projects but also how I started Civil FX Studios and how I get clients. You can listen to all of the episodes here:

www.civilfx.com/category/podcast

25:04

In episode 50 of the Beyond CAD podcast I talk about the 1 year anniversary of Civil FX studios, what went well and what went wrong in the first year and what is coming up for the future of the Civil FX brand.

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Instructor Biography

Sam Lytle, Owner and 3D Visualization Specialist

Inventor of the OggBoard and more recently the founder of Civil FX Studios, a 3D modeling and animation team that specializes in visualization for transportation and other civil engineering projects.

After years of working for public and private organizations I used my passion and expertise in 3D modeling and animation as well as my license as a professional civil engineer to venture out on my own where I now support my family of 5 with Civil FX.

I use software such as AutoCAD, InfraWorks, Sketchup, Lumion and other CAD and visualization software to create transportation and other civil engineering animations for clients. While many 3D artists spend much of their time fighting over jobs on freelance websites by offering the lowest bid, I have developed a system of finding and keeping the best clients in the industry- clients that are happy to pay me thousands for a short video.

Along with my education and experience in civil engineering, I've also built and sold websites for thousands of dollars and written 5 books, 4 of which are currently available on Amazon.

This diverse experience has allowed me to help others find what talents and passions they have and how monetizing what they love to do isn't as hard as they think.

I live with my wife and three children in Southern Nevada.

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