Ilise Benun is the founder of, a business coaching program for creative professionals and since 2008, the co-producer/host of an annual event, CFC, the Business Conference for the Creatively Self-Employed. She is also a national speaker and the author of several books including, "Public Relations for Dummies (2nd Edition)," “The Art of Self Promotion,” “Stop Pushing Me Around: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy and Less Assertive” and "The Creative Professional's Guide to Money.”


Co-producer and Host of CFC: The Business Conference for the Creatively Self Employed (next one June 22-24, 2013 in SF)
Author of 7 books, including "The Creative Professional's Guide to Money" and "The Designer's Guide to Marketing & Pricing"
Board of Trustees, Hoboken Public Library
Board of Trustees, Freelancers Consumer Operated And Oriented Program Of New Jersey, Inc
Bachelors of Art, Spanish from Tufts University

My mission

Since 1988, I have been self employed and through that time have wended my way in and around creative professionals, helping them develop the discipline and the structures to be successfully self employed. I do believe the world's economy is moving more and more toward "everyone as entrepreneur" model, although it's going to take hard work for many of us to get there. I am committed to doing my part to make that a reality.

Creative Professional's Guide to Money

Make Your Clients Love You

At the Bauhub event in November 2012, I gave a 5-minute presentation on 5 Things To Make Your Clients Love You. Speaking for just 5 minutes is more challenging than you might imagine!