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Basic thoughts on things to consider when you want to do freelance work. Geared more toward web developers, but general use information

Basic thoughts on things to consider when you want to do freelance work. Geared more toward web developers, but general use information

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    • Making the PlungeInto Freelancing
    • Who the Heck is This Guy?David Laietta - @davidlaiettaWordPress Theme DeveloperTechnical Support & EducationSix Years WordPress Design/DevelopmentThree Years *Officially* FreelancingSeven Profitable Freelance Only MonthsIntermediate Perspective
    • Things to Take Into ConsiderationIs This Right For Me?Dealing With ClientsI’m The Boss!Work Habits – Staying FocusedWhen Do I Need Help? Useful ToolsStaying Connected
    • Is This Right For Me?Irregular IncomeWork/Home Life BalanceClient RelationsDo Your Research Business Costs and Living Expenses Available Market Filling a Niche Time Constraints
    • Working With Clients: Who’s the Boss?“The Customer is Always Right”Know When to Say NoSet Working Hours & Stick to ThemUser Intermediary Services if NeededMaintain Honesty and AccountabilityKeep Clients Happy Within ReasonGarner Repeat Business andTestimonials/Word of Mouth Marketing
    • Staying FocusedRemove Distractions Maintain a Working Environment Iterate on Productivity Separate Office from Home Differentiate Between On & Off TimeStick to a RoutineFind Your MotivationSet Regular Goals – Daily/Weekly/Etc.
    • Can’t Do It AllBuild Your Support TeamBuild Mentor RelationshipsEstablish Network Fees/BartersKnow Your WeaknessesFill Gaps in Knowledge/SkillDelegate to Maximize Your ImpactDon’t Overextend PromisesLearn on the Job
    • Tools of the TradeTrack Your Time – Internal and External Harvest Time DoctorKeep Detailed Finances Freshbooks IntuitManage Projects Intelligently Basecamp Podio
    • Stay ConnectedAttend Conferences, (Good) NetworkingEvents, MeetupsKeep Tabs on Industry LeadersMake Time for Constant LearningMake Time to Enjoy Yourself!