Your first day freelance

Do you remember the first day on your own? The day you stepped onto that swaying, shaking rope bridge over the chasm, without a job, in charge of your own fate? Here’s what I remember. I had set up an office in the basement. My desk was a folding table.  I had a stack of(…)

Finding joy in skunk work

There is a perverse karma in freelancing in that, sometimes, the most lucrative and most plentiful work can be the ugliest. Or the work that makes your skull ache is precisely the work clients love you for. A programmer friend of mine moans that he could spend six months a year collecting $10,000 checks for(…)

Low-talent freelancing

How good must you be to freelance successfully? Do you need to be a rock star genius in your craft? Nah. Being a genius may be useful. But it’s not a requirement. Heck, just fancying yourself a genius is sometimes enough. (I’ve gotten by on that for years.) And yes, as I’ve said, having a(…)

Take the job? Or not.

There are only three possible reasons for saying ‘yes’ to a freelance assignment. You’re making a good pile of money. You’ll have a lot of fun doing it. You’ll be doing good for a bunch of people. None of the above? Pass.

Shooting yourself in the wallet

A new client calls about a possible project. It feels right, like it might be a steady client. You discuss the project, figure out what she wants. How many pages, how many shots, what’s broken, what she needs fixed. What she wants built.  It’s not so tough. You do the figuring and thinking. It seems(…)

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