Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Establishing your workspace, part of Freelancing Fundamentals.
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The few hours that you invest to create your workspace will pay off big as your…freelance career progresses, because setting up well will improve behaviors…that you do everyday.…We'll start by revisiting questions asked earlier, specifically, where will you…work and what do you need when you work?…To get the answers, try thinking through what you expect a typical day to be like.…Let's say that you think you'll spend about two hours everyday on email, one…hour on other housekeeping, and five hours on client work.…
The email part can be done anywhere, so all you need is a laptop, an Internet…connection, and a comfortable place to sit.…Now that's the easy part.…Next comes the hour when you do other housekeeping.…For that, you might need to file paperwork so perhaps it can only be done where…your filing cabinet is.…That means you'll need a space there, with a desk, light, and electricity and so on.…Finally, there's the client work.…If you're a graphic designer for instance, you'll probably want a big monitor…
A bonus chapter covers common questions freelancers have when entering the field.
- What is freelancing?
- Defining your career goals
- 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