Monday, May 28, 2007

3 Steps for Freelance Success

For the past year I have worked with a number of freelancers from a wide range of professions, programmers, video editors, musicians, graphic designers, photographers, audio engineers, web designers, cameramen, tech consultants etc. Across the board I have noticed the key issues and attitudes that a freelancer brings to the project that ensure success and also ensure that I will re-hire and refer them to others. Here are the three most important things to keep in mind when pursuing a career doing independent freelance work.

1) Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines.
ALWAYS meet deadlines. If you see that you can't, give the person you are working with as much warning as possible. Everyone understands that situations can change quickly and that some adaptation must take place. DO NOT let the deadline slip by and then blame it away with excuses. You are a professional, you agreed to the scope of the project, there are no excuses.

2) Communicate.
Communicate clearly and often. Offer updates on your progress(brief updates). Identify obstacles that have appeared on the horizon. Do not toil away in silence. There should be no true surprises along the way if you have clearly communicated everything.

3) You live off of reputation and referrals.
Don't ever forget that.

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