Posted October 26, 2010 in How-To
So, maybe you thought that when you became a freelancer you wouldn’t have to deal with people any more. After all, freelancing from home and being self-employed means that you’re the only person you’ll ever have to deal with.
If anything, the ability to deal with people is even more important to a freelancer than it is to a traditional employee.
Your freelancing business is actually all about people. If you think about it, dealing with the people who are your clients and prospective clients is vital to your freelancing success.
Later, when your business grows, you may also have to deal with people who work for you. Some of these people may be subcontractors that you outsource work to. Or, if your freelancing business is large enough, they may actually be your employees. In some cases, you may need to manage a team for a client’s project or for one of your own projects.
Here at Freelance Folder, we’ve already written quite a lot about managing clients. While managing clients continues to be a very important factor for freelancers, this post addresses the topic of how to manage others on projects or because they work for you.
Did you know that podcasting can be an effective marketing tool for freelancers too?
I recently interviewed Jeff Young, creator of the Catholic Foodie podcast. Jeff is a copywriter and social media consultant who was a teacher when he started podcasting. Recently, he left that life and became a full-time freelancer. Today, Jeff is going to share his experience with podcasting.
There are many different reasons that individuals go into freelancing. I’m sure that every freelancer reading this blog has their own reason for starting a freelance business. If you’re reading this blog hoping to get some tips about freelancing, I’m sure that you have certain expectations that are causing you to look into freelancing.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that there tend to be a handful of common reasons that draw individuals into freelancing. The reason that drew you into freelancing is likely to determine what type of freelance business you own, how you run that business, and what type of freelancer you become.
In fact, I’ve narrowed the list down to four types of freelancers, based on motivation. Of course, any time we print like this it is generalization. Some readers will find that the list fits them to a “t,” others of you will see aspects of yourself in each description. Still, I think that we can learn from such generalizations–a bit of self-examination never hurts.
“I want to be my own boss.” How many times have I heard that? So many people fantasize about saying, “Take this job and shove it,” to their employers. They envision freedom through owning their business. But what’s the reality of going freelance? Being a freelancer means you’re not just doing what you love � in addition to graphic design, you must wear all the hats of a business owner
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