Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Deconstructing big jobs, part of Freelancing Fundamentals.
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As a freelancer, time is your stock-in-trade.…Whether you're billed by the hour or by the job, you always have to know how…much time you have available and how it will be used.…One thing that throws a monkey-wrench into those calculations is when you're…facing a big overwhelming job.…It's easy to panic, but individual freelancers can and do finish such jobs all the time.…The secret is to break down your project into smaller tasks, set a schedule, and…then do those tasks.…
First, get a thorough understanding of what the client wants the…finished product to be.…The bigger the job, the more you need advanced planning.…Second, deconstruct the job into its component parts and make a list of them.…This requires experience in doing such work.…Like let's say that you have to design and lay out a 40-page catalogue by March 3rd.…If you've done such a job before, you'll have a sense of how many product…photos will be needed, when to call in the photographer, and how much time that person will need.…You'll also need knowledge of your own work habits, of how much you can do in a…
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- What is freelancing?
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- Funding your startup
- Getting licenses, permits, and insurance
- Setting prices
- Finding work through agencies
- Getting referrals
- Working with time and project management tools
- Increasing your rates