My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire

My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire

Michelle Goodman

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 1580052592

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Tired of clocking in and losing out? Want to pursue creative, fulfilling work on your own time and also make a living in the process? My So-Called Freelance Life is a how-to guidebook for women who want to avoid the daily grind and turn their freelance dreams into reality. Michelle Goodman, author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and self-proclaimed former “wage slave,” offers tips, advice, how-to’s, and everything else a woman needs to pursue a freelance career.

Confused as to whether you should tell your clients that the odd gurgling sound during a conference call is emanating from the infant sleeping on your shoulder? Goodman answers all of the unusual questions that may arise for women exploring the freelance world. Far more than your normal business guidebook, My So-Called Freelance Life blends candid, humorous anecdotes from a wide variety of freelancers with Goodman’s own personal experiences as a creative worker for hire.

Whether you’re a freelance first-timer or a seasoned creative professional, copyediting queen or web guru, My So-Called Freelance Life is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in freelancing.

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pressure, stop the bleeding, and race your gasping laptop to the nearest repair shop? While your laptop’s convalescing, what will you work on? That spare clunker you keep in the closet? A freebie CPU at the library? Don’t be the frazzled freelancer trying to pry her five-year-old hardcopy of the Yellow Pages out from under her spluttering monitor when the digital shit hits the fan. GO ERGO. This probably won’t seem important when you’re hunched over your laptop on your mushy living room

couch, tickled that you’re actually getting paid to work from your mushy living room couch. Three months later when you’re crying to your chiropractor about lower back pain, you’ll think differently. Get yourself a good ergonomic chair with lumbar support, a desk that’s the right height, a footrest, an ergo keyboard, and any other accessories you need to stave off back and wrist pain. As you’ll see in Chapter 16, it’s all a tax write-off. NAME THE BABY. Birth name, pseudonym, or business

Okay, who’s ready to step in that ring and wrestle some alligators? Chapter 5 Put Your Best Bunny-Slippered Foot Forward Why you absolutely, unequivocally need a web portfolio and how to make one “What we need is a nationwide network of information superhighways, linking scientists, business people, educators, and students by fiber-optic cable.” —Al Gore, The Futurist, 1991 I love the web, and not just because it’s the best place to find photos of half-bald, half-sober

boards and blindly applying for gigs, make sure you’ve looked in every nook and cranny of your personal and professional network. I know this chapter covered a lot of ground, so don’t feel like you have to try every last client-hunting tactic mentioned here. When it comes to trolling for gigs, anything goes. One freelancer might be a referral whore who loves to hobnob at industry parties (guilty as charged), while the next might thrive on scouring the business pages, job boards, and discussion

To avoid scope creep, always look at source material the client sends you right away. If they give you ten pages’ worth of copy and photos but the contract called for you to create a six-page website, put your foot down or renegotiate the deadline and payment. • If a client wants your professional opinion on an extraneous professional matter (I get “Can you tell me how to get my book published?” a lot) and it’s not something you can answer in five minutes, tell them you charge an hourly

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