Hiatus Highlights Ep 3: Freelancing

I’m happy to report that the business is growing. I am expanding my client base and stocking my portfolio, and things are looking up.

Here are a few lessons I’ve learned over the past few months:

  • Craigslist is full of scammers, idiots, and charlatans…
  • …but it’s also full of great opportunities.
  • Regular, low-budget work can be a bigger source of comfort (and income) than large but rare windfall projects.
  • Clients DO appreciate good customer service.
  • Customer service is more than being polite. It’s being a client’s ally.
  • You CAN outgrow clients. And SHOULD.
  • … but never burn bridges. Who knows, the client might grow with you.

And stuff I have yet to learn:

  • Learn to say no. No. No. No.
  • Figure out a foolproof way to collect on invoices that doesn’t rely on people’s good will.
  • Working until 4 am doesn’t make you more effective. It just makes you sloppy.
  • I REALLY need to start making clients sign contracts.

Stuff I’ve discovered:

  • Freelance radio. One of the best freelancing podcasts out there. It’s a must-listen for any self-employed creative.
  • Grammar Girl. Well, it’s not a recent discovery. But she still gives great tips on how to use proper English.

Voila! End of recap. On to our regularly scheduled programming!

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One comment on “Hiatus Highlights Ep 3: Freelancing

  1. exciting! cheers to more “gigs”! 🙂

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