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Freelancing: One year done.

Freelancing: One year done.

The Business of Web Design, Cardiff, Wales

18th July 2014

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Stuart Robson

July 18, 2014
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  1. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com

  2. www.alwaystwisted.com @sturobson Freelancing: One year done.

  3. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com The Talk Between You and Lunch http://burgerdays.com/eat-a-cheeseburger-on-national-cheeseburger-day/

  4. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Stuart Robson front-end developer alwaystwisted.com RWDCalc SassnotSASS.com Sassifaction

    SassNews
  5. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Why go freelancing?

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  11. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Why go freelancing?

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

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

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

    choice of projects variety of projects constant need to learn new things
  15. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com 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 www.alwaystwisted.com Getting Ready.

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

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

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

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

    do…
  22. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com 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 www.alwaystwisted.com How to get work?

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  29. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Settling Down To Work

  30. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com My Own Space

  31. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com A Routine http://www.communication4all.co.uk/http/allaboutme.htm

  32. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com 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 www.alwaystwisted.com Trying to keep up

  34. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Keeping Up Twitter RSS Conferences Playing

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  37. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Where did the work go?

  38. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Clients

  39. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Clients Directly with client. With another developer. With

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

  41. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com 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 www.alwaystwisted.com Get a Contract

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  45. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com 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 www.alwaystwisted.com Everything is a negotiation

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  48. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Get Covered

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

    liability Office insurance Portable Equipment www.policybee.co.uk
  50. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Crossing the t’s and tittling the lower case

    j’s
  51. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com 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 www.alwaystwisted.com 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 www.alwaystwisted.com – Philip J. Robson “If you’re not working

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

  58. @sturobson www.alwaystwisted.com Enjoy http://burgerdays.com/eat-a-cheeseburger-on-national-cheeseburger-day/

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