Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Freelance tips, 16-20

16.    The first day you freelance for someone, bring your passport or ID with you. Some employers have to see one or the other to get you in the system. Have your W-9 filled out on your desktop of your mac. You are going to get really good at filling out forms: non-disclosure agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-competes, etc. Read the documents before you sign them. Be nice to the Form Master or you will have a really hard time getting paid.  

17.    Your portfolio should be up to date and easily edited. I use cargo collective and I’m happy with it in that I can turn work on and off depending upon the prospect.

18.    Set up meetings with people you know who may have work for you. Try to stack up five meetings on each day. One of the people will cancel at the last minute. All of these people will give you something; confidence, a lead, an idea. Maybe one of them will give you work someday.

19.    Find some freelance partners you can work with, as many agencies don’t want to find one for you.  You should have a nice list of reliable, talented, quality people who deliver.

20.    If you are on Cobra, call your health-care provider to confirm you still have insurance. It usually gets screwed up and if you find out when your kid is in the ER with lacerations to the head, you are going to be mighty angry. Do it when no one is bleeding.

Thank you to those who have created profiles and those who are still working on them. Hey, do you like Lemonade? Mmm. Someday, we're going to have a nice, fresh, delicious post from someone who makes great Lemonade. If you can't wait for the next five tips, send me an email at and I'll send you the entire file, in all its glory. Thanks for reading. Do good work and live a good life.  

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