Welcome to the Freelancer Starter Kit
When I introduce myself as a podcaster to new friends on and off of the Feisworld Podcast, the most frequently asked questions is, "Are you a full-time podcaster?"
The answer is: No.
I am a freelancer.
Specifically, I work as a digital marketer and project manager when I'm not recording for Feisworld. And I love what I do.
This Freelance Starter Kit is an attempt to build upon #freelanceLIVE, a 10-day series I recorded on Facebook in 2016, which has received over 10,000 views.
It became clear that there is a still need for independent freelancer like myself and others to share their experiences.
Before we get started, I want to clarify the type of freelancer I am.
As a digital marketer and producer, I am able to perform many if not all the tasks anywhere in the world. I am a location-independent freelancer.
This is not to say that face-to-face interactions aren't meaningful. In some cases, my clients do prefer having me on-site for meetings, workshops.
I believe that most job functions can be translated into freelance engagements. This is even true for many medical professionals today. However, I understand that the transition not only varies from industry to industry, but also person to person as a result of business and personal circumstances.
The #freelanceLIVE series covered many popular topics from "Getting Started" to "Being in the Trenches":
Freelancers vs. Entrepreneurs
How to Get Started When You Have No Idea
Questions You Need to Ask Yourself (before freelancing)
Myth and Truth
Health Insurance for Freelancers
How to Get Clients (approach and close a client)
Rapid-fire Questions from Listeners
Spotting Good vs. Bad Clients
Best Tools, Resources for Freelancers (contracts, invoicing, time tracking)
Getting Stuff Done! (GSD)
Starting in the summer of 2018, I'm refining the series even further by sharing more insights in the following topics. Each topic will evolve into its own blog article overtime.
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The Setup (available on the blog today!)
Personal and Business Finance
What you offer
How you charge
Places to promote yourself (for free)
Do you need a website or not?
How to work with recruiters
How to find AND close potential clients
On the Job
Managing multiple clients (& know when it's too much or too little)
What to do when business is slow
Taking care of your body and mind
Going on vacations
Ramping up and down
Stay in touch with previous clients and potential new customers
Teaching Others What You Do
Start your blog
Join a podcast
Sit down with someone (duh)
Teach a class
Managing Growing Pain
How to hire contractors
How to hire virtual assistant
Acquiring new skills
Going from freelancing to entrepreneurship
(Bonus) Dealing with Family & Friends Expectations on Holidays and Everyday Life