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My first ever BarCamp 9 London talk #bcl9.

My first ever BarCamp 9 London talk #bcl9.
As a freelancer I get asked the same sort of questions. I hope someone will find it useful.

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  • 5 thingsI learned while freelancing by Albert Lo, October 2011 twitter.com/albertlo
  • Hi, I’m Albert I’m currently a contract Interaction Designer
  • Caveat.
  • These are my own opinions& experiences so far in my freelance career. Don’t blame me if you fuck your life up by listening to me.
  • If you’re good at something, never do it for free.— THE JOKER (THE DARK KNIGHT)
  • Ask yourself.
  • In order to protect the sheep...you’ve got to go after the wolves. And to get the wolves... you’ve got to be a wolf. Are you a wolf or a sheep?— ALONZO HARRIS (TRAINING DAY)
  • 1Finding work.
  • Failures don’t plan tofail; they fail to plan.
  • Get your shit together
  • Tsunami.
  • Website. Blog.Social media. Meet ups.Be a resource.
  • 2Working withclients/PMs/stakeholders.
  • Communication.Managing Expectation. Personality. Process.
  • Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomesthe cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.— BRUCE LEE
  • 3On businessManagement.
  • Get organised.
  • Physically. Mentally. Digitally.
  • Get a goodaccountant.
  • Think about getting a good solicitor.
  • 4Honest positives.
  • New challenges.
  • Less red tape.
  • Meeting & working with new people.
  • Money.
  • 5Honest negatives.
  • Agent Smiths.
  • You >--< Employer
  • You >--< Your Ltd/Umbrella company >--< Agent >--< Client
  • N.D.A.
  • Finding thedamn work.
  • Finally -is it worth it?.
  • Thanks forlistening! — @albertlo albertlo.com