Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Case study: Publishing a book, part of Freelancing Foundations (2013).
While writing this course it occurred to me that some of these lessons might…seem kind of theoretical.…So I thought back to my own freelance career looking for ways that I actually…used these techniques and remembering how I developed them.…In the end I realized that they're evident in every project so I just picked one.…A book I wrote about the web development software Drupal.…What you'll notice is that every step along the way required preparation I might…have done years before, but it all paid off in the end.…
I got that job, because I knew I wanted to write a book about the upcoming…release of Drupal's latest version.…But I didn't know what publisher would be right.…So I talked to a literary agent who specialized in technical books.…Now I had met him years before through an email discussion group for…computer book authors and publishers and in fact we had already worked on another project.…He sent me up with a publisher Peachpit Press, and helped me negotiate the contact.…As it happened I already knew my editor at Peachpit, because we had worked…
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
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 3/20/2013. What changed?
A: We added a bonus chapter that covers common questions freelancers have when entering the field, such as "How do I use Craigslist or other job boards to grow my freelance business?" and "How do I find clients?"
1. Making Plans
2. Marshaling Resources
3. Satisfying Requirements
Creating contracts4m 23s
4. Handling Money
5. Getting Clients
6. Doing the Work
7. Managing Time
8. Keeping the Business Healthy
Next steps2m 5s
10. Bonus Chapter: Q&A on Freelancing
Freelancing Q&A12m 42s
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