Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating schedules, part of Freelancing Foundations.
So far, we've looked time as it relates to individual jobs and individual…clients, but as soon as you have two clients, the whole picture changes, because…you need to figure out when you to give each your attention.…In any case, you're going to have to keep a calendar in order to meet deadlines,…have meetings, and make long-term plans.…Here are some tricks I've picked up.…The main tool you'll need is a calendar.…It doesn't matter what kind you use, as long as you use it consistently.…You can even use a standard paper planner and I know lots of people who do that…even though they're computer professionals.…
I personally use iCal on my Mac, and I keep it synched to my pocket device.…But a lot of people, like online systems, such as Google Calendar which has the…advantage of letting multiple people plan their time together.…But whatever system you use, keep track of at least the following:…First are the time-specific items, such as appointments.…Obviously, these have to take priority.…I've set my own calendar to sound an alarm a half hour before every appointment.…
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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