Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding work through agencies, part of Freelancing Foundations (2013).
I think that placement agencies are tremendously undervalued by freelancers,…especially when starting out, and I recommend you create a relationship with at least one.…Traditional placement agencies hire local talent to work in offices within a…geographic area, some offer general office help, while other specialize in…specific talents and industries.…Such specializing agencies tend to pay better.…So it's great if you can hook up with one of them.…The advertising industry is one area of note.…They often turn to such agencies and they require highly skilled workers for…short periods of time.…
Some contracts you get through placement agencies are actually for very…long term projects.…The upside for a freelancer is that such jobs tend to be steady and well paying,…often lasting for months at a time.…The downside is, well, they can last for months at a time.…If you turn to freelancing for mobility and variety, this probably won't be a fit for you.…Otherwise, talk to local agencies about long term placements.…
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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