5 things I learned while freelancing

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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 things I learned while freelancing

  1. 1. 5 thingsI learned while freelancing by Albert Lo, October 2011 twitter.com/albertlo
  2. 2. Hi, I’m Albert I’m currently a contract Interaction Designer
  3. 3. Caveat.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. If you’re good at something, never do it for free.— THE JOKER (THE DARK KNIGHT)
  6. 6. Ask yourself.
  7. 7. 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)
  8. 8. 1Finding work.
  9. 9. Failures don’t plan tofail; they fail to plan.
  10. 10. Get your shit together
  11. 11. Tsunami.
  12. 12. Website. Blog.Social media. Meet ups.Be a resource.
  13. 13. 2Working withclients/PMs/stakeholders.
  14. 14. Communication.Managing Expectation. Personality. Process.
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 3On businessManagement.
  17. 17. Get organised.
  18. 18. Physically. Mentally. Digitally.
  19. 19. Get a goodaccountant.
  20. 20. Think about getting a good solicitor.
  21. 21. 4Honest positives.
  22. 22. New challenges.
  23. 23. Less red tape.
  24. 24. Meeting & working with new people.
  25. 25. Money.
  26. 26. 5Honest negatives.
  27. 27. Agent Smiths.
  28. 28. You >--< Employer
  29. 29. You >--< Your Ltd/Umbrella company >--< Agent >--< Client
  30. 30. N.D.A.
  31. 31. Finding thedamn work.
  32. 32. Finally -is it worth it?.
  33. 33. Thanks forlistening! — @albertlo albertlo.com

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