Successful Freelancing

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					Successful freelancing
     Work less, earn more
A Presentation by Brian O’Neill
Why
Freelance?

•   More Money
•   More Free time
•   Less Stress
•   More Control
•   Your own boss
The hippy part.
What do you want from life?
(Clue its not money)‫‏‬


•   Money?
•   Free time?
•   Travel?
•   Less stress?
•   More control?
Getting clients
• Best method is word of
  mouth. Ask for referal
• Always add your link to any
  work
• Have a blog
• Avoid traditional advertising
• Specialise e.g. SEO
• Direct connect
• Do good work
• Do not pretend to be an
  agency, client like
  freelancers: cheaper, less
  threatening, big fish
 Money stuff
• Avoid pricing low
   –   Price guide:
   –   Small jobs: £1 a min.
   –   Daily: £300
   –   Monthly consultancy: £2000
   –   Brochure site: £2000
   –   Dynamic site: £3000+
• Keep track of sales, simple excel
  sheet
• Have an accountant but learn
  this stuff yourself
• Always pay on time, do not mess
  people around
• Invoice as soon as the job is
  done, and chase clients politely
 Business
 stuff
• Overheads walk on two legs
  avoid hiring anyone,
  outsource instead
• Be careful when outsourcing
• Speak plain English
• Play by the rules, do not
  steal clients. Know your
  place.
• Treat business as a
  separate entity
Just because you can work
from anywhere, does not
mean you should...
  Beware the cabin fever.
  The outside world is
  your friend...

Tips on how to stay sane
   when working from home:
• Great dressed
• Get out at least once a
   day/daily walk/coffee/pub
• Join social groups
• Meet up with friends
• Have a separate place to
   work
• Do not check your email
   after a certain time, e.g.
   8pm
• Try to work fixed hours
General
Advice
• Beware of time
  wasting surfers
• Avoid pointless
  forum wars
• Generally you will
  be twice as
  efficient
  freelancing so chill
Essential
Reading
• The four hour week
  Tim Ferris
• How to win friends
  & influence people
  Dale Carnegie
• How to be idle
• How to be free
  Tom Hodgkinson
• Do it tomorrow
  Mark Foster
• How to get rich
  Felix Dennis
 You are all
 going to Die!!

• Life is what happens
  while you are busy
  making plans
• Nothing to lose
• Enjoy life, and try to
  spend less time in
  front of the screen 

				
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