10 tips from 4 years of freelancing

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10 tips from 4 years of freelancing

  1. 1. 10 TIPS FROM 4 YEARS OF FREELANCING
  2. 2. WHAT IS FREELANCING?
  3. 3. THE PROS
  4. 4. THE PROS Freedom
  5. 5. THE PROS FreedomRewarding
  6. 6. THE CONS
  7. 7. THE CONSDoing it all
  8. 8. THE CONS Doing it allFinancial insecurity
  9. 9. THE CONS Doing it allFinancial insecurity Isolation
  10. 10. Hi, I’m Keith
  11. 11. Hi, I’m Keithwww.keithdevon.com
  12. 12. Hi, I’m Keithwww.keithdevon.com @keithdevon
  13. 13. 1. FIND A NICHE
  14. 14. 2. RAISE YOUR RATES
  15. 15. Desired salary = £35,000
  16. 16. Desired salary = £35,000 Expenses = £5,000
  17. 17. Desired salary = £35,000 Expenses = £5,000Billable hours / week = 30
  18. 18. Desired salary = £35,000 Expenses = £5,000Billable hours / week = 30 Weeks / year = 45
  19. 19. Desired salary = £35,000 Expenses = £5,000Billable hours / week = 30 Weeks / year = 45 Hours / year = 1350
  20. 20. Desired salary = £35,000 Expenses = £5,000Billable hours / week = 30 Weeks / year = 45 Hours / year = 1350 Hourly rate = ~£30
  21. 21. Desired salary = £35,000 Expenses = £5,000Billable hours / week = 30 Weeks / year = 45 Hours / year = 1350 Hourly rate = ~£30 Daily rate = £240
  22. 22. 3. DON’T FEEDTHE MONSTER
  23. 23. 4. USE A CONTRACT
  24. 24. Design is a Job: Mike Monteiro 4. USE A CONTRACT
  25. 25. 5. THE CLIENT ISN’T ALWAYS WRONG
  26. 26. Client Centric Web Design: Paul Boag 5. THE CLIENT ISN’T ALWAYS WRONG
  27. 27. 6. DEFINE YOUR PROCESS
  28. 28. 7. USE THE RIGHT TOOLS
  29. 29. MY TOOLKIT
  30. 30. MY TOOLKITBasecamp MAMP ProFreeAgent TowerToggl DropboxBrowserstack SketchGitHub PhotoshopMockingbird Sequel ProCodaPHPStorm and many more!
  31. 31. 8. CLEAR YOUR MIND
  32. 32. 4 Hour Work Week: Tim Ferris8. CLEAR YOUR MIND
  33. 33. 4 Hour Work Week: Tim Ferris Getting Things Done: David Allen8. CLEAR YOUR MIND
  34. 34. 9. DO IT FACE TO FACE
  35. 35. 10. MEET YOUR COMMUNITY
  36. 36. ONLINE OFFLINE
  37. 37. ONLINE OFFLINETwitter
  38. 38. ONLINE OFFLINETwitterFacebook
  39. 39. ONLINE OFFLINETwitterFacebookLinkedIn
  40. 40. ONLINE OFFLINETwitterFacebookLinkedInForums
  41. 41. ONLINE OFFLINETwitter Networking groupsFacebookLinkedInForums
  42. 42. ONLINE OFFLINETwitter Networking groupsFacebook ConferencesLinkedInForums
  43. 43. ONLINE OFFLINETwitter Networking groupsFacebook ConferencesLinkedIn EventsForums
  44. 44. ONLINE OFFLINETwitter Networking groupsFacebook ConferencesLinkedIn EventsForums Meetups
  45. 45. ONLINE OFFLINETwitter Networking groupsFacebook ConferencesLinkedIn EventsForums Meetups Start one!
  46. 46. 1. FIND A NICHE 2. RAISE YOUR RATES3. DON’T FEED THE MONSTER 4. USE A CONTRACT 5. THE CLIENT ISN’T ALWAYS WRONG 6. DEFINE YOUR PROCESS 7. USE THE RIGHT TOOLS 8. CLEAR YOUR MIND 9. DO IT FACE TO FACE10. MEET YOUR COMMUNITY
  47. 47. THANKS FOR LISTENING @keithdevon

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