Somewhere between workaday jobs and entrepreneurship lies the murky world of freelancing. The idea of striking out alone appeals to many people. But where does one start? Phil Gyford has created a beginner’s guide to freelancing.
It’s been over a year since I first thought of writing down everything I’ve learned about freelancing. I’ve now been freelance for more than three years but the title still has a double meaning — this is both for beginners and by a beginner, because I know I still have a lot to learn.
Gyford covers a wide range of topics, such as:
- When to start freelancing
- You are your own marketing department
- You are your own accounts department
- You are your own project manager
- You are your own career advisor
Though some of the info is UK-specific, the general principles are applicable to anyone who has considered freelancing. Gyford also recommends this article about becoming a consultant.
For a time, I toyed with the idea of doing computer consulting full-time. (I still do a little of this on the side.) One book that helped me was Free Agent Nation. Part-time freelanding/consulting can be an excellent way to parlay existing skills into additional income while testing the waters of entrepreneurship.