Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Freelancing Q&A, part of Freelancing Foundations (2013).
My name is Tom Geller and I've come in to answer some questions that members…have sent in in response to my Freelancing Fundamentals course.…I've been a writer and editor for about twenty years, off and on as a freelancer,…and here are some of those questions.…I think that there are two things that you have to watch out for, especially…in your first year.…The first is that it's going to take you awhile before you start making enough…money to support yourself.…So, be either well-funded enough or have somebody who could support you or be…working another job or something like that.…I guess, don't expect that big break immediately where everyone is going to…be flocking to you.…
The other thing is I would say, sort of along the same lines, start small.…Start getting used to taking in small amounts of money.…Start used to doing the whole process, getting the job, doing the job, getting the money.…I think a lot of people when they start out really are thinking in terms of,…there's this big splash I want to make.…
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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