Monday, January 21, 2013

Freelance Survival Guide

 


Had an interesting chat with a freelance consultant the other day who was bitching about chasing overdue invoices.

And when I say overdue I don't mean a week or two. I mean several months.

I also heard a horror story from a friend about the terms of payment of an agency she had been freelancing with.

So I decided to knock up the Freelance Survival Guide to help anyone who works for themselves to avoid many of the pitfalls associated with freelancing.

Love to hear what you think of it. And if you have any tips of your own feel free to leave them in the comments. 

7 Comments:

Anonymous Mikey said...

That thing about working on shit and doing the best shit. That's the shit!

8:11 am  
Anonymous writer said...

The one about not being rude is absolutely paramount. You have to be on time, pleasant, a self-starter, and have a very quick learning curve. You won't get follow-up work if you are not nice to deal with. And follow-up work is the holy grail of freelance.

You also have to be good - very good - at what you do. The sad fact is that there is a great deal of mediocrity in freelance, which to be quite brutal, is a self-evident truth.

You cannot control the money side, so don't try. One of my regular gigs pays 60 days after the end of the month in which the work is done. But they do pay in the end. Accept it. A company isn't going to change its accounting practices for one individual.

One more thing: tact. And also, don't keep ringing people up or texting them or emailing them.

3:00 pm  
Blogger Stan Lee said...

Excellent stuff Mr Writer. Your comment re mediocrity is especially telling. Sadly.

12:03 am  
Blogger Dan Thornton said...

There's a great Neil Gaiman quote stating that you can be Nice, On-Time or Brilliant.

Any 2 of the three are enough to survive...


I'd also suggest getting accountants and lawyers to sort your stuff at the beginning, rather than when your taxes are due....

11:14 am  
Anonymous G. P. Daicos said...

Still love this Stan.

It saves me and you the time of me calling you to have a whinge about this and that. In fact I was frustrated with something or rather today and had a look at it again and then everything seemed okay.

Two more things.

There could be a slide that says just EAT SHIT SANDWICH. SAY "YUMMY". MOVE ON TO NEXT BRIEF.

Also, why is it that as freelancers we do whatever we can to make deadline (well, we do that cos it's the right and only thing to do), but when it comes to invoice payment deadlines things get too often hazy.

Now back to lunch. This shit sandwich could do with more mayo.


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