Before you start freelancing
Before you start freelancing you need to make sure that you cover three important areas. Failing to do so could slow you down and set you back months or years in your business development.
Defining your ideal clients will help you quickly discover who you’re meant to work with. Instead of wasting time and energy on bad or so-so clients, you can focus on the great ones.
- What is an ideal client?
- Describing your ideal freelance client
- Reviewing your ideal client definition
Long-term contracts have been the backbone of my freelancing business over the years. So much in fact that I wrote a book about them in 2013 called The Freelancer’s Guide to Long-Term Contracts.
- The Freelancer’s Guide to Long-Term Contracts Launched
- I’m Writing a Book: “The Freelancer’s Guide to Long-Term Contracts”
- Why should you care about long-term contracts?
Scheduling work as a freelancer can be tricky. You need to balance getting enough work against over-committing.
Ah clients, the lifeblood of a freelance business. Also one area of the business where freelancers have the most problems with.
Sales & Marketing
You won’t survive as a freelancer unless you learn how to market and sell your services. Even learning just a little bit can move you from barely making it to successful and happy.
- Can’t find any projects? Have you tried these these ideas yet?
- Turn your Marketing into a Fun Game
- Make selling your freelance services easier by using long term contracts
- Follow up for freelancers
Processes and Business Systems
It seems like every business owner I know hates doing accounting and finance. Myself, I enjoy it. Maybe it’s because I recognize that they are critical systems that ensure your business actually stays in business. Over the years I’ve created a process I use which I describe in How I Manage my Freelance Finances.
My First Year Freelancing
When I first started freelancing I posted about my journey. Goals, revenue, mistakes, they’re all here.