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Flying Solo on the Web

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March 08, 2013

Flying Solo on the Web

Remy Sharp's story of becoming a freelancer, shared advice and what you can do to connect with the web community.

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Remy Sharp

March 08, 2013
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  1. Flying solo on the web Remy Sharp • Portsmouth University

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bored-now/4980859475/
  2. Hello students \o. •Freelance web work •Finding the web community

  3. Wha…who? http://www.flickr.com/photos/fromthefront/8046625498

  4. Left Logic

  5. full-frontal.org

  6. Book

  7. Side & Open Projects

  8. How I started

  9. •Didn't finish university •Sandwich year with a startup (for 9.5

    years!) •Agency with side project, that became the product
  10. Growth

  11. Commuting = Spare time = Productivity

  12. Going alone

  13. Why freelance?

  14. "Freelancer"? I digress.

  15. Why not?

  16. Isolation

  17. Cafés

  18. Co-working spaces

  19. Shared office

  20. Income

  21. None
  22. Change of (physical) situation

  23. Admin

  24. "non billable admin"

  25. 1. Accountants 2.Book keepers 3.freeagent.com

  26. Having to plan your own work

  27. You're responsible for your own destiny.

  28. The good parts

  29. You're responsible for your own destiny.

  30. Variety ☛ Always pushing yourself

  31. •Side projects •Experiments •Distractions "I bet you couldn't..." •Different disciplines

    hardware hacking, etc
  32. Get work from your existing connections

  33. Let work find you

  34. Pay

  35. Your day £rate h p://cole007.net/blog/130/freelance-rates-survey-2012

  36. How to quote •letsfreckle.com •getharvest.com •toggl.com •Spreadsheet

  37. Contracts!

  38. Finding the web community

  39. Share

  40. 1 2 3 h p://adactio.com/journal/1550/

  41. Source != DOM

  42. Blog

  43. "I've nothing to say" http://www.flickr.com/photos/27082909@N00/4352017762

  44. None
  45. None
  46. Twi er, IRC, Stackoverflow

  47. Get published

  48. Speak at an event

  49. Learn

  50. Where to start •scrunchup.com (for young devs & designers) •khanacademy.org

    (CS) •Subscribe to podcasts (huffduffer.com) •Newsle ers (html5 weekly, etc) •Books (!) •Videos, YouTube
  51. What? • The trinity: HTML, CSS & JavaScript • Browser

    quirks, OS quirks, device quirks • JavaScript libraries jQuery, Angular, Ember, etc, etc, etc... • Developer tools • Responsive (design & implementation) • PhotoShop, Fireworks, etc, etc, etc...
  52. What? In truth: All the things :(

  53. What? Devs: learn some design & typography Designers: learn how

    to code a web page
  54. Network!

  55. Network in real life http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcthiele/6419183469

  56. Network in real pubs http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcthiele/6419183469

  57. Meetups

  58. If there isn't one: start one. h p://lanyrd.com/blog/2012/evening-events/ h p://www.quirksmode.org/coh/

  59. Conferences

  60. How do you find them? 1. meetup.com 2. lanyrd.com 3.

    linkedin.com
  61. Cornerstones 1. Learn (and from your failures) 2.Do something you

    love (and get paid) 3.Meet people IN REAL LIFE! 4.Have a supportive partner
  62. Be hungry. Questions? — Thanks, @rem