In honor of the new year, I thought I would put together a little “best of” recap from my Be Free, Lance column. It’s something that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed developing + curating for you all, as well as the discussion that always follows. So many of you have fascinating viewpoints and that’s exactly why I love doing this. Together we share, learn, and grow for the better. I’ve spent a good part of this year brainstorming ways in which I can take BFL to the next level and I’m excited to announce that I will be developing a Be Free, Lance workshop ( online ) sometime in 2014. It’s very much in the beginning stages and I plan on taking my time to get it just right … but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to let you know it’s in the works!! So without further ado, feel free to click through and browse a few of my favorite posts from this year. And don’t forget – the comments section in all of these is a gold mine for other thoughts, too!
02. Schooling. I get many emails asking if you NEED to go to school to become a professional in your creative niche. The answer, though, isn’t very simple. While traditional education is great – there are so many other options out there to take advantage of nowadays! There isn’t really a right or wrong path.
03. Breaks are Okay. The workflow of a freelancer isn’t always very consistent. You’ll have days, weeks, and months that are busier than others, which can feel unsettling at times. But guess what? It’s okay. Use the inconsistency to your advantage by working on personal projects or even just taking the day off.
04. Google Calendar. Project management is really important and necessary for us to keep everything together, both professionally and personally. After trying many different ways of organizing my daily to dos, I finally landed on a solid plan to keep track of it all. Thank you Google Calendar!
06. Invoicing. This is a straight up informational post on the ins and outs of invoicing clients. Plus, tips and tricks in making the whole process smoother, too!
07. Saying No. Just because an inquiry comes knocking at your door, it doesn’t mean you have to say yes. Over time, finding the right client for you is key to staying fresh and feeling positive about the type of work you are putting out there.
08. Contracts. Another informational post outlining the importance of a contract and how it can protect you from worst case scenarios. Tips on setting it up and resources for base contracts, too!
09. Connections. When you have your own business, it’s important to establish connections, whether it’s through professional friendships or collaborations. You never know what reaching out to others will do to help your biz!
So there you have it! My freelancing tips list of 2013. And with that said, this is probably the last post for awhile as we head out of town in a few days to enjoy Christmas with our family. I can’t wait to relax and enjoy good conversations + tasty food. I hope you all have a great Holiday season as well. See ya soon. :)