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Freelancing: One year done.

Freelancing: One year done.

The Business of Web Design, Cardiff, Wales

18th July 2014


Stuart Robson

July 18, 2014


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  2. @sturobson Freelancing: One year done.

  3. @sturobson The Talk Between You and Lunch

  4. @sturobson Stuart Robson front-end developer RWDCalc Sassifaction

  5. @sturobson Why go freelancing?

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  11. @sturobson Why go freelancing?

  12. @sturobson If you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.

  13. @sturobson – Scott Smallbone “Try anything in life once,

    except …”
  14. @sturobson The Pros flexible working hours flexible working location

    choice of projects variety of projects constant need to learn new things
  15. @sturobson The Cons financial insecurities. loss of full time

    benefits. a blurred line betwixt work and home. being the captain, cook and the toilet attendant. loneliness.
  16. @sturobson Getting Ready.

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  18. @sturobson Preparation freelancing in the evenings. blogging tutorials and

    thoughts. making things. conversing on the twitters. deciding what I wanted to do.
  19. @sturobson Web Designer What did I want to do…

  20. @sturobson Web Developer What did I want to do…

  21. @sturobson Front End Developer What did I want to

  22. @sturobson Front End Developer What did I want to

    do… specialising in responsive web design front-end consultancy web performance building HTML, CSS and JS(jQuery, kinda)
  23. @sturobson How to get work?

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  29. @sturobson Settling Down To Work

  30. @sturobson My Own Space

  31. @sturobson A Routine

  32. @sturobson A Routine With an allowance for flexible hours

    there’s no real ‘routine’. Moreover there’s a sense of things to try and do every day.
  33. @sturobson Trying to keep up

  34. @sturobson Keeping Up Twitter RSS Conferences Playing

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  37. @sturobson Where did the work go?

  38. @sturobson Clients

  39. @sturobson Clients Directly with client. With another developer. With

    a project manager. With the back-end developers.
  40. @sturobson Client Smells

  41. @sturobson Client Smells promise of more work. ‘up in

    the air’ specifications. questioning your rate. it’s a ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ job. they disappear.
  42. @sturobson Get a Contract

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  45. @sturobson Contract Details Terms of payment (50% up front,

    50% on final invoice). Late payments What is included (browser testing, etc). What isn’t included (copywriting, etc). What you’re expecting from the client. What the client will get from you
  46. @sturobson Everything is a negotiation

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  48. @sturobson Get Covered

  49. @sturobson Insurance and ‘stuff’ Personal Indemnity Public and products

    liability Office insurance Portable Equipment
  50. @sturobson Crossing the t’s and tittling the lower case

  51. @sturobson Cooking the books send estimates & proposals sort

    out expenses send out and chase invoices work out my profits and losses get ready for Mr. Taxman
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  53. @sturobson Wrapping Up Being your own boss, it’s pretty

    amazing. It does have its caveats Don’t forget to keep an eye on your schedule Karma happens more than you’d expect Allow time for you to play Don’t bury your head in the sand Enjoy yourself, your work, your time, your friends and family.
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  56. @sturobson – Philip J. Robson “If you’re not working

    for yourself so you can enjoy yourself. What’s the point in doing it‽”
  57. @sturobson Thank You

  58. @sturobson Enjoy

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