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Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in General Advice | 1 comment

What I’ve Learned as a Freelancer

These are some of the most important lessons I have learned as a freelancer:

  • Understand the big picture and the little details (they’re both important)
  • Take risks, but have well-diversified income to limit risk
  • Customer service is key (communication skills = good)
  • Don’t be too specialized; have a broad knowledge base (you can always look up little details)
  • Be extremely resourceful (if you don’t know, find out)
  • Get good at creative problem solving (think outside the box)
  • Always overestimate time & costs (build in a buffer)
  • Sign a contract and/or require 50% upfront for ongoing projects with new clients
  • Get good at bullshitting*

* I will explain what I mean by this in an upcoming post…

1 Comment

  1. I’m interested to read your post about bullshitting! 🙂

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