Surviving nightmare clients • Find
some way to vent your anger • Never send out impulse email replies • Accept that some clients are jerks • Provide honest feedback and a project debriefing
Project checklist • Is the
project technically possible? • Is the project deadline feasible? • Is the budget within your range? • Are you excited about the project? • How well does the client communicate? • How do you feel about the team? • Is this a project you would put on your portfolio?
Setting your price • Know
your value and respect it • Be consistent about pricing between clients • Charge by the hour/day or a fixed rate
Charging by the hour/day •
Low risk for the freelancer • Client typically requires you to estimate • Make sure you keep a detailed timesheet
Charging fixed rates • Much
bigger risk for the freelancer • Be careful about doing this for experimental work • Calculate in extra days for contingencies • Clients know the exact budget
Estimation versus guesstimation • Don’t
do fixed pricing without a signed off spec • Break down the project into chunks • Compare with previous projects • Don’t forget to take research into consideration • Be sure to budget in 20 to 50% extra hours
Work/life balance • 40 hour
weeks are difficult but not impossible • No deadline is more important than your health • No deadline is more important than your family • Working from home can make things easier
Contributing to the community •
Open source your work whenever you can • Be recklessly vocal about the things you care about • Get involved in local user groups, other initiatives
Time management • Time is
a limited resource • Break up your day into different tasks • Keep track of your hours on each task • Try to minimize impact on other projects
Ten commandments 1. Know yourself
2. Be passionate about your work 3. Communicate with your clients 4. Experiment and share what you learn 5. Don’t let money primarily drive your decisions 6. Be self-critical but allow yourself to be proud of your work 7. Accept failure and learn from it 8. Set yourself goals and work towards them 9. Don’t be afraid of change, embrace opportunities 10. Have fun!
Q&A • Are you thinking
about going freelance? • What are issues holding you back? • How is it working out for you?
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