Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether you’re a true freelancer or just someone doing some work on the side. The distinction is an important one, because you’re expected to act differently as a freelancer–and by act differently I mean work longer hours, become a vampire and lose your social circles.
But fear not, I’m giving you a trusty guide to settle the dilemma…..are you a freelancer or not?
(and yes…I’m pretty much guilty of ALL of these…)
Posted November 22, 2010 in Productivity
You’re working in your favorite coffee shop, typing away at your laptop (just one of the many perks of being a freelancer). You take your grande Caffe Americano and bring it to your lips. It is much hotter than you expected, you jerk it away from your face… and promptly spill the whole thing over your shiny computer. You drop your shoulders in defeat as the brown liquid quickly slithers from the keys into the electronics of the laptop.
Posted November 21, 2010 in Managing Clients
Of course, you can always ask your client what went wrong, but many will not tell you. They may be afraid of hurting your feelings or they may just want to avoid a potentially unpleasant confrontation with you.
Since I use freelancers once in a while that puts me in the unique position of being a freelancer and also an occasional client of freelancers. So, today I put my client hat on for a change and listed all the things that I could think of that would keep me from rehiring a freelancer.
Posted November 19, 2010 in Tools/Resources
Aside from the specific freelancing skills you have (e.g., writing, designing, programming, etc.), you need to get good at business management, marketing, financial management, productivity… the list goes on and on.
Listening to podcasts is an excellent way to pick up new skills and keep up to date in your field.
They’re free and are consumable at the time and place of your choice. Plus, there’s a podcast (or several dozen) on any topic you can think of.
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