Making the Plunge Into Freelancing

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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

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Making the Plunge Into Freelancing

  1. 1. Making the PlungeInto Freelancing
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Tools of the TradeTrack Your Time – Internal and External Harvest Time DoctorKeep Detailed Finances Freshbooks IntuitManage Projects Intelligently Basecamp Podio
  9. 9. Stay ConnectedAttend Conferences, (Good) NetworkingEvents, MeetupsKeep Tabs on Industry LeadersMake Time for Constant LearningMake Time to Enjoy Yourself!

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