Rules. Standards. Doing things the way they’ve ‘always been done.’ There are good reasons to rely on and follow these things, but we often forget that they all originated somewhere. There is an inherent danger for a freelancer who only ever strives to maintain the status quo and stick to proven methods, and this choice can not only impact the freelancer’s future but also has the potential to affect countless others.
In this post, we will look at how stepping outside of the norm and doing things differently could be the best possible approach for modern day freelancers.
Posted November 17, 2010 in Inspiration
In order to survive as a freelancer, you must always continue to improve yourself. If you fail to do that you can quickly and easily become one of those old IT guys we’re constantly making fun of–you know those that code in VB and believe tables are the latest and great thing from HTML.
I’ve talked about learning before by reading books and following blogs, but there’s an even better way to learn–by experimenting. As a front-end developer, my heart will always be with HTML and CSS, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try other things.
By forcing yourself to experiment with different kinds of design or development, you test yourself. You may end up learning something new to offer your clients, finding an area you like working in better, or even figuring out that your current position in the best one to be in.
Personally, I’ve been experimenting with languages. During the summer, I learned Objective C for the iPhone, and now I’m taking a break to learn jQuery. While I enjoyed Objective C some, I’m finding that learning advanced jQuery is a lot more exciting and fun–and it’s something I’ve already started using for my clients and in making custom plugins.
Let’s be honest: freelancing isn’t easy. It’s not that it’s actually hard to be a freelancer or do the work… it’s the getting started, getting set up, getting clients, and getting a solid business foundation for sustainable growth that complicates everything.
There’s a lot more to freelancing than just… well, freelancing.
So I’ve put together an insider guide to my favorite freelancing shortcuts that really work. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been freelancing for a while, I guarantee each of them will change your business––for the better.
Oh, and make life a helluvalot less complicated.
You’ve probably heard this saying. It’s a cliché that is as true for freelancing as it is for life. Many freelancers fail to really enjoy their freelancing journey because they’re too caught up in worries about the future of their freelancing business.
In this post, I’ll list eight reasons why the stress of freelancing might keep you from the joy of freelancing. I’ll also add a few suggestions on how you can overcome that stress.
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