So as you all may know, I’ve been freelancing for…wow, over four years now, and for those of you just starting on the adventure, you’ve figured out that the road isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, sadly.
However, in terms of how many people are freelancing, whether as a side or full time, the landscape looks pretty good. This infographic from Graphic Design Degree Hub shows the impact of freelancing today in the US and the numbers are still growing. What’s that mean for us? Well, it means we might have more competition, but it also means that the avenues of employment are still opening.
If you remember, I had just gotten back with the job I had started months ago before that “recent unpleasantness”; it’s tech support for a major US ISP company that allows me to reap the benefits of an office salary with health and dental insurance, but still allowing me to work from home. Of course, I’d like to work out of an office, in an actual building, with other actual people, however once I am able to get back to Denver, there’s a pretty good chance that I’m going to completely set up an office area to give the illusion of working somewhere that isn’t the living room.
Thanks much to Anna and the folks over at Graphic Design Degree Hub for sharing this with me!
- America’s Freelance Workforce Is Booming, And So Is The Pay (businessinsider.com)
- The Dos And Don’ts of Freelancing (community.ally.com)
- New Infographic Is Your Manifesto of the Freelancer Revolution. Show the World! (elance.com)
- A freelance graphic designer’s survival guide (greig.cc)
Hello good reader! Welcome back to another session here at the FRR. So this blog is obviously about my life as a freelancer and all the crazy things that entails and there have been crazy things, let me tell you. I’ve done a few different things for different companies and clients and the learning process of dealing with people on a remote/telecommuting level versus an office level is certainly different.
Most of the folks that I’ve worked for have been awesome, offering feedback on projects I’ve done and so forth, but I have to say that I’ve encountered something I never have before – the clingy client. Read the rest of this entry
Readers of the Freelancer R blog! I have great news!
I’m getting a ton of different projects! This is great for me because it means I can pay rent and bills and buy food and all those other things that need to be done in order to make sure that, you know, I have a roof over my head and electricity and well…food.
But as I throw my name about left and right, I am getting a little bit of the…’holy hell! I’ve got a lot of work to do!’ While a most definite good thing, there can be some downsides to having as many projects you can shake a stick at.
In the post before, I explain why I got a little late in the posting here. In the post before that, I went over the wonderful downsides to procrastination (which actually, has no upsides to speak of). Today…I’ll talk about finding some awesome tips on becoming a freelance writer.
Hopefully everyone is aware that, as I write this, I’m learning how to become a freelancer too. So, your journey is my journey and we will journey together in a sea of…journeys. Yeah, that sounds about right.
When looking into freelancing, I stumbled upon it due to our great and rocking economy at the moment *insert righteous sarcasm* just to make extra money. From what I’ve been reading and looking into, a lot of freelancers started that way – just looking to get some extra bucks to pay bills and what not. For me, freelancing took on a life of its own when I discovered how much I miss writing.
And ultimately how good I was at it.
I came across a good article the other day by Twitter friends, Freelance Advice on making a business plan, which after reading it seems to be an odd thing for a freelancer to do, but when you think about it, freelancing is a business, especially if that’s what your business is all about. You’re basically self-employed.
Yeah, it was scary to me too. I’ve never been self-employed before and there’s a host of crazy things like taxes and all that good stuff. It’s more than just sitting around in my jammies. There’s actually stuff to know and go about making sure that your business is good to go. Check out the podcasts that Freelance Advice has on their site.
From Freelance Folder, here’s “Five Ways to Start a Freelance Business” – good stuff to know and a good boost if you’re thinking about it. Tomorrow, I’ll give everyone a list of some of the sites I found to be helpful in guiding newbies like me on the right path.