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I’m on a Roll: Getting Started Freelancing

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2013 at 8:02 am

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I am a busy girl. I have acquired 4 new clients this week and I am working on a couple of more. There are 2 logo designs I am creating and the others are writing gigs. I have been working non-stop to restart my freelance business and it is beginning to pay off. Go me! I am very fortunate that I have a business management and marketing background. Many freelancers have trouble building their business because they have no real business experience. They may be a wonderful artist or writer but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of getting organized and getting jobs they have a lot of difficulty. Last night I read a great book, “Stuck! Leave Writer’s Block Behind and Tackle That First Article” by Megan Kutchman. The book is not only about writers block but how to get started writing. I found that it had some great ideas. No, I am not getting paid to mention her book. If you are interested in reading it you can find the Kindle version on Amazon at http://amzn.to/VQ4GnA.

I think that self-education has made the biggest difference in how I approach getting work. I read and read and read. I watch YouTube videos on many different subjects. I find that, for me, self-education works the best. I learn more by seeking out answers to my own questions that I do in a structured learning environment. I have Adult-ADD and I am not on any medication so my mind fires in all directions, all the time. When I self-educate I move from question to question and topic to topic sometimes ending up far, far away from the original idea. My kids say they can ask me pretty much anything and I have an answer. One of my friends told me that I am a vast well of useless information. See how far I have wandered away from the subject of freelancing?

It would be very arrogant of me as a fledgling freelancer to hand out advice. But I am going to do it anyway. Read up on getting organized, finding clients, writing, designing, whatever your skill is that you are trying to sell. There are many successful freelancers out there that will share the ins and outs of the business with you. I follow several on this blog and through Twitter. More than anything believe in yourself and do the work. 

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