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Join our Collective!

Creative freelancer life got you down? We’ve been there.  Sometimes it sucks. We are offering a new way to do business. Want to work with a  collective of peers who work together, get each other jobs, build each other up and be there for each other. Join us for a different way to make a buck with colleagues you'll love working with, for clients that are not assholes.

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What is the Flannel & Blade Collective?

A group of wildly talented creatives, strategists and architects of logic and flow that roam together like Robin Hood’s merry band to do good work, for work that is good. Our plan is to send in swat teams of professionals like the oceans eleven gang pulling a diamond heist. Only we aren’t stealing anything, we’re leaving treasure in place.
 

We are all entrepreneurs who need to keep our bills paid and lights on, maybe save a few pennies, but have the very real goal of a work life balance that does work we feel good about

We are civic minded, focused on communities and equitable access to everything

 

We run the whole range of the creative gamut.


We believe true progress requires honesty and transparency so we cultivate trusting relationships that empower us. We do not bullshit each other. We tell it like it is.
 

We value collective learning. No one individual has all the answers.

Who You Are:

  • You are community minded. You want to work with civic minded people on civic minded projects.

  • You approach projects with humor and fortitude.

  • You are sick of the typical agency model and homogeneous nature of the whole creative industry with its  performative attempts at diversity and inclusion.

  • You like to try new approaches and creative solutions to challenges.

  • You are unwaveringly inclusive: willing to seek diverse perspectives and encourage all voices to be heard in the pursuit of doing exceptional work.

  • You don’t just care about social and racial justice and equality, you live it. 

Who We're Looking For:

  • Makers

  • Cultural Producers

  • Artists

  • Graphic designers

  • Organizers

  • Storytellers

  • Grantwriters

  • Social media specialists

  • Animators

  • Donor whisperers

  • Use your media skillset to tell stories for the betterment of others


And we don't know what we don't know… hit us up with your skills if you want to jump on board.​

Why the Collective Model?

  • We believe we are stronger together and we love and rely on the brain trust to surface the most innovative and creative solutions. 

  • We like to share good ideas and all our networks 

  • We can work together to customize to fit budget and goals 

  • It offers a level of flexibility that is impossible to achieve any other way

  • It makes us nimble, eliminates bureaucracy and broadens access to creativity

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get chosen for work?


Our team of four partners will review your application. We may move forward and offer you an interview. If accepted, we will start the onboarding process and get you settled in.




Will I be on the pitch process?


Sometimes! For certain clients, we may ask you to participate in helping us pitch. We will be as transparent as possible with the collective to inform you when certain clients are coming down the pike and bring you on board when we feel like it would be worth your time and energy. For help with larger RFPs and heavier lifts, we will compensate you for your time.




How much do I get paid?


Flannel & Blade serves organizations regardless of their budgets by operating a sliding scale to keep our services within reach of anyone who wants them. Because of this, we ask our collective members to give us a range of their hourly rate. Depending on the client, we will do our best to meet your target rates. Some projects can be billed hourly while others may be a flat rate.




How do I get paid?


We will pay you through ACH payments or PayPal. You will receive a 1099 form at the end of the year for your gross payments.




Will I get paid for the pitch process?


If you work with us on longer proposals, such as for government agencies, we will compensate you for your time. Other projects we may invite you to participate in or ask a few questions ahead of time.




How do you price my time?


Our partners work with the budget of the client, the needs of the scope, and the targeted hourly rate of our collective to price out the best scenario for all parties. We will be sure to let you know of our pricing and logic behind the budget before you agree to participate.




How do you communicate with collective members


For daily communications, we use Slack and email. We will also send out monthly newsletters to our collective, informing you about all the work going on in Flannel & Blade, highlighting collective members, and more. We will host a monthly meet-up with the collective to help you connect further with your fellow members, share ideas, and have fun!




What if I bring a client in?


If you successfully bring in a client that hires us, Flannel & Blade will provide a “finder’s fee,” which will be calculated based on the scope of work.




What if I bring another collective member in?


The more, the merrier! Please direct all potential collective members to this page and ask them to fill out a form. We do not provide “finder’s fees” for additional collective members.




Why should I become a collective member? What’s in it for me?


As our collective grows, we hope to create more opportunities for you to plug into an incredible community of creators, designers, makers, and organizers. Our monthly newsletter and meet-up will include exclusive professional development and content for our collective. In addition, you’ll get access to a Slack workspace, where you can share ideas, opportunities, and link up with your fellow change-makers around the country!




Can I ask others to join the collective?


Yes! We ask that you direct any folks you think would be good for the collective to this page. They should fill out a form and will be considered by the partners.




How much time will be expected of me for non-client work?


While you will inevitably have to spend some time doing some administrative, we will do our best to keep any non-billable hours to a minimum. During onboarding, we will ask you to fill out an intake survey and sign a collective agreement. We may also ask you some questions here and there to help us build proposals (in the hopes of you joining as a subcontractor). Finally, we hope that you join us for our social and networking events!




How do I explain what F&B is and does to others?


We deliver high impact creative and communications work for nonprofits, foundations, communities and small businesses. We are queer artists that love to play and have a serious goal of providing services to those who are making a difference. We have built our foundation on social justice, and we only work with, and serve people who are doing the same.