Friday, November 14, 2014

Freelance tips, 21-25

21.    Relationships are more important than geography. If you are good friends with someone who is doing work on the opposite coast, you can freelance for them from your side of the country. Reach out to them. They may travel you, they may not. But if you do a great job and solve the problem, you will get invited back for more.

22.    When you do get invited to travel, you may save a lot of money by booking your room on Air B’n’ B. Check it out online. Like all things freelance, this isn’t a black and white issue. Some hookers have used Air B’n’B for entertaining their clients and there are probably some nut jobs hiding in the closets in super hero costumes. But if you are male, of reasonable size and prepared to defend your honor, it could be a good idea.

23.    Get recommendations from co-workers and clients for your linkedin page. There is a two-week window of opportunity where people will want to help you. Most people require 30 days to write the recommendation after they say they will.

24.    Try to stay even. This is a tough one. Because the highs are higher and the lows are lower. When you book a job, you are ecstatic. When you’re slow, you may think, “OH MY GOD I’M NEVER GONNA WORK AGAIN!” You will.

25.    This may be a good time to freelance. Most of the established freelancers I have spoken with have made more money as a freelancer than as a staffer. But the income stream is less predictable. Which is why a lot of freelancers with young kids go back to staff. It’s not that they didn’t make enough, it’s that they couldn’t live with the uncertainty. It’s hard to budget when you have no idea what you’re going to make and when you’re going to make it.

 Thank you to those who have created profiles and those who are still working on them. If you can't wait for the next five tips, send me an email at and I'll send you the entire file. Thanks for reading. Do good work and live a good life.  

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