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  • …I also accepted ridiculous deadlines and projects that were doomed to failure from the start. If you are going to lose your life to complete a project – think really really really carefully. Do I want to wake up next to my girlfriend… Or my laptop…?
  • …I also accepted ridiculous deadlines and projects that were doomed to failure from the start. If you are going to lose your life to complete a project – think really really really carefully. Do I want to wake up next to my girlfriend… Or my laptop…?
  • Saying yes more worked out great for me. I met a lot of really interesting people – and even more interesting girlfriends. I got two great jobs – and I went freelance. But…
  • Saying yes more worked out great for me. I met a lot of really interesting people – and even more interesting girlfriends. I got two great jobs – and I went freelance. But…
  • …I also accepted ridiculous deadlines and projects that were doomed to failure from the start. If you are going to lose your life to complete a project – think really really really carefully. Do I want to wake up next to my girlfriend… Or my laptop…?
  • …I also accepted ridiculous deadlines and projects that were doomed to failure from the start. If you are going to lose your life to complete a project – think really really really carefully. Do I want to wake up next to my girlfriend… Or my laptop…?
  • If your client’s budget is unrealistic… Don’t be afraid to turn down work. It’ll reinforce the fact that you’re not grinding an organ with a little chain around your neck. And, frequently, your client’s budget will “magically change”.
  • I’ve been part of several projects that have run themselves round and round in circles over the past few years. Don’t be afraid to cut the dead wood from a project. And don’t be too precious about cutting yourself out of some meetings – if you don’t need to be part of something: don’t be a part of it.
  • I’ve been part of several projects that have run themselves round and round in circles over the past few years. Don’t be afraid to cut the dead wood from a project. And don’t be too precious about cutting yourself out of some meetings – if you don’t need to be part of something: don’t be a part of it.
  • I’ve been part of several projects that have run themselves round and round in circles over the past few years. Don’t be afraid to cut the dead wood from a project. And don’t be too precious about cutting yourself out of some meetings – if you don’t need to be part of something: don’t be a part of it.
  • I’ve been part of several projects that have run themselves round and round in circles over the past few years. Don’t be afraid to cut the dead wood from a project. And don’t be too precious about cutting yourself out of some meetings – if you don’t need to be part of something: don’t be a part of it.
  • HA! They’re all kinds of wrong.
  • I had one client once who wanted me to make sure that their site worked on as many devices as possible. So, I restricted a bunch of the features, and dialed it right back to the bare basics. Then realised that half of the devices they wanted it to work on weren’t able to connect to the internet, due to restrictive ICT policies. Which was nice.
  • This is the biggest one. I use a set list of questions to gauge both what the project I’m working on needs to accomplish (and how), and just how much knowledge my client has – and needs.
  • And this is the final point – don’t don’t don’t don’t make unilateral decisions that will dramatically affect a client without sanity checking them first. Talk to your brother, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your cat. Anyone or anything that will make you think about what you’ve decided. If they don’t agree with your point of view – that’s even better.
  • And this is the final point – don’t don’t don’t don’t make unilateral decisions that will dramatically affect a client without sanity checking them first. Talk to your brother, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your cat. Anyone or anything that will make you think about what you’ve decided. If they don’t agree with your point of view – that’s even better.

What Not To Do (In Freelancing) What Not To Do (In Freelancing) Presentation Transcript

  •  
  • A bit about me
    • I’ve been involved in:
    • Front-end development;
    • Project management, and;
    • End-content creation.
  • A bit about me
    • So I’ve made plenty of:
    • Mistakes;
    • Schoolboy errors, and;
    • Bad decisions.
  • A bit about me
    • But I reckon that these can all be boiled down to five key ‘don’ts’. Or as I like to call them…
  •  
  • #1 “The Yes Man”
    • Danny Wallace taught me that I should:
    • “ say yes more”.
  • #1 “The Yes Man”
    • (positivity = book = movie)
  • #1 “The Yes Man”
  • #1 “The Yes Man”
    • So I said yes more. And it worked out well generally.
    • But sometimes…
  • #1 “The Yes Man”
    • Sometimes I was more Jim Carrey than Danny Wallace.
  • #1 “The Yes Man”
    • Jim really should have said “ no ” more. And so should I.
    The Scale Of Carrey Fun With Dick And Jane Ace Ventura
  • #1 “The Yes Man”
    • I accepted ridiculous deadlines and projects that were doomed to failure from the start.
    • I should have asked myself: “do I want to wake up next to my girlfriend – or my laptop…?”
    • … but I didn’t.
  • #2 “The Pauper”
    • As I’ve grown up, I’ve learned that:
    • “ value for money is key”.
  • #2 “The Pauper”
    • Value for money doesn’t mean working for peanuts.
  • #2 “The Pauper”
    • Or magic beans (or shares of nothing, as they’re also known’).
  • #2 “The Pauper”
    • Beware of these common phrases:
    • “ I have a very tight budget but big goals, and…”
    • “ I think this could be the next ‘Facebook/Twitter’ if…”
    • “ I couldn’t pay you anything for the first two years, but if it takes off…”
    • “ I’m a social media guru – nice to meet you!” (this last phrase, to me, means – “I believe that you can use free things to do lots of stuff, and it’ll cost nothing, right? Yeah? Okay cool! So I don’t have to pay you anything to do that. Wait – why are you flipping me off?” )
  • #2 “The Pauper”
    • I don’t work for peanuts or beans – and I don’t do suits.
  • #3 “The Indecisive”
    • In my life, I have learned that:
    • “ it is important to have a thorough debate about different points of view”.
  • #3 “The Indecisive”
    • … but only if you can come to an agreed point of view – and stick to it.
  • #3 “The Indecisive” Otherwise – discussion is pointless.
  • #3 “The Indecisive”
    • Remember:
    • your decision doesn’t always have to be perfect.
    • (and it rarely will be)
  • #3 “The Indecisive”
    • But if you make a decision – we can all go to the party.
  • #4 “The ‘ Fraidy Cat ”
    • In retail, I learned that:
    • “ the customer is always right”.
  • #4 “The ‘ Fraidy Cat ”
    • Are they bollocks.
  • #4 “The ‘ Fraidy Cat ”
    • Don’t ever be afraid to tell your customer the truth.
  • #4 “The ‘ Fraidy Cat ”
    • Customers have told me:
    • Their audience wants HTML5;
    • Their customers want something very specific, and;
    • They have knowledgeable people lined up and ready to work with me.
  • #4 “The ‘ Fraidy Cat ”
    • And I’ve learned:
    • They don’t know what HTML5 actually is;
    • Their customers don’t want that specific thing at all;
    • Their definition of ‘knowledgeable’ is not the same as mine. Or my dictionary's.
    • ( –adjective: possessing or exhibiting knowledge, insight, or understanding; intelligent; well-informed; discerning; perceptive.)
  • #4 “The ‘ Fraidy Cat ”
    • They might not like you for a short period of time, but if you don’t say anything…
  • #4 “The ‘ Fraidy Cat ” Oh sir – is that a bad place to be.
  • #5 “ Mr Assumption ”
    • School taught me that:
    • “ if people are in important positions, they know what they’re talking about”.
  • #5 “ Mr Assumption ”
    • Life has taught me that: “people are pushed upwards – when they should be going the other way”.
  • #5 “ Mr Assumption ”
  • #5 “ Mr Assumption ”
    • Don’t assume that your client knows anything about the web. At all.
  • #5 “ Mr Assumption ”
    • That is so so so dangerous.
  • #5 “ Mr Assumption ”
    • And whatever you do – don’t make out like you know everything.
  • #5 “ Mr Assumption ”
    • You don’t. And everyone can smell bullshit.
  • So:
    • Say ‘no’ sometimes;
    • Remember that you’re worth more than peanuts;
    • Learn how to make decisions;
    • Strap on a pair and tell the truth;
    • Don’t assume anything, and;
    • … you’ll be just fine.
  • @peteweb
    • www.petedoeswebthings.com
    • [email_address]
    • Available for weddings, bar mitzvahs and parties.
    • Oh, and web things.