Month: May 2019

How to Find Work: Referrals

How to Find Work: Referrals

I’m systematically working through all 10 ways I find freelance work, unpacking the details of how to approach each item on the list. I’ve already covered listings, magnetism, and asking. Now it’s time for a classic: referrals.

Referrals are one of the major engines of a successful freelance career, and getting good ones should never be far from your mind. Referrals can come from many sources: former full-time colleagues, current or former freelance clients, friends, acquaintances, family members, that random guy you mentioned your work to once at a dinner party.

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Striking Out for Freelance Gulch: An Extended Metaphor for Starting a Freelance Career

Striking Out for Freelance Gulch: An Extended Metaphor for Starting a Freelance Career

Perhaps you live in the big city of corporate workplaces. Things are logical and centrally planned, you’re told what to do and when to do it, you receive money for going through motions, and everything is calm and predictable. Your decision-making power is limited; it…

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: Your Time Is Your Own

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: Your Time Is Your Own

I’m writing this monthly series about the joys and challenges of full-time freelancing, and it turns out that in many cases the joys are the same as the challenges — usually two sides of the same coin. That is certainly true with the question of…

How to Find Work: Asking

How to Find Work: Asking

In my post about the 10 ways I find freelance work, I list one thing that seems like it’s too obvious to write down: “Asking.”

I can hear the skepticism now: “Right, so I’ll just nip out and ask someone for some work and come back with a nice juicy contract. BRB!”

If only we lived in a world where you could order up a gig down at the local sandwich shop. But even though it’s trickier than that, there are indeed times when getting work is simply a matter of raising your voice and asking for it.

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