Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing assignments, part of Freelancing Foundations (2013).
Even after you've started to make it as a freelancer, you'll have some choice…over which jobs to take.…I see such choices as a battle to balance three qualities in my life:…security, variety, and success.…Each job will have some quantity of each.…Let's look at how to measure one against another. First is security.…Jobs that score high on this quality are those that offer full-time work, are…with established clients, involve work that you've done before, or that you know…will pay reliably and well.…
Moving on, some jobs offer variety.…These include those with new clients so you can expand your base in case…another client falls away.…You might be using new skills to do things you haven't done before, or you might…find yourself in a new environment, for example, using unfamiliar software or…working in a new and interesting location.…I value variety because it keeps my skills and outlook fresh, which in turn…helps me stay motivated, and marketable.…Finally, we have that nebulous criterion: success.…
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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