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10 Wise Lessons I've learnt from Freelancing

Fe791c82eeef2ce8b80bcca24c0d9750?s=47 Illiya Vjestica
January 11, 2013

10 Wise Lessons I've learnt from Freelancing

A simple presentation I've put together highlighting some important lessons I've learnt in my short time freelancing.

I hope these can help you with your own freelancing or business.

I had all these written down as Post-it notes stuck to my office wall and I thought I'd give them a new life.

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Illiya Vjestica

January 11, 2013
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  1. 10 WISE LESSONS   I’ve Learnt from Freelancing Presented by

    Illiya Vjestica
  2. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain

    way to succeed is always to try just one more time” Thomas A. Edison
  3. IF YOU WORK FOR YOURSELF (Then you should pat yourself

    on the back)
  4. AS IT TAKES COURAGE & GUTS (Not everyone has the

    balls to do it!)
  5. I DON’T CLAIM TO BE A BUSINESS GURU These are

    just some simple lessons I’ve learnt
  6. I’VE FAILED MORE THAN I’VE SUCCEEDED  

  7. “Success is not final, failure in life is not fatal,

    it is the courage to continue that counts” Winston Churchill
  8. THE LESSONS

  9. #1 LESSON

  10. ALWAYS WORK With the decision maker

  11. ALWAYS WORK With the decision maker *They aren’t always who

    you think
  12. #2 LESSON

  13. BUSINESS IS WAR!

  14. YOU HAVE TO FIGHT! To achieve your dreams

  15. #3 LESSON

  16. THINK! BEFORE PRESSING SEND…

  17. YOU CAN’T UNDO A SENT E-MAIL   No matter how

    hard you may try!
  18. #4 LESSON

  19. ALWAYS GIVE 3 DAYS GRACE For actionable tasks you have

    to do
  20. ALWAYS GIVE 3 DAYS GRACE The day you thought you’d

    do it
  21. ALWAYS GIVE 3 DAYS GRACE The day you thought you’d

    do it The day you actually started it
  22. ALWAYS GIVE 3 DAYS GRACE The day you thought you’d

    do it The day you actually started it The day you will actually complete it
  23. #5 LESSON

  24. NEVER DISCUSS PRICE INCREASES OVER THE PHONE

  25. I say old chap, the new price for this will

    be £1,000,000.00
  26. Blimey! I say old chap, the new price for this

    will be £1,000,000.00
  27. ALWAYS DISCUSS PRICE INCREASES FACE-TO-FACE

  28. #6 LESSON

  29. DO WHAT YOU SAY! MEAN WHAT YOU DO! *This is

    quite a difficult thing to do
  30. DON’T OVER PROMISE! BE HONEST ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DELIVER

    ON
  31. #7 LESSON

  32. DON’T! PLACE ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET

  33. FOCUS ON CREATING MULTIPLE INCOME STREAMS

  34. #8 LESSON

  35. TAKE DEPOSITS UPFRONT $ £ €€ ¥

  36. DON’T GET BURNT BY LATE PAYMENTS *Always get things down

    in writing – no matter how tight the deadlines or time constraints
  37. #9 LESSON

  38. IT’S NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS TO ASK FOR HELP

  39. DON’T BE SHY YOU CAN EVEN MAKE SOME GREAT CONTACTS

     
  40. #10 LESSON

  41. SAY… SAY… THANK YOU OFTEN!

  42. IMAGE CREDITS Thank you to following people   Karin Dalziel

    – Slide 4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nirak/ Daniel Zedda – Slide 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ astragony/ Brad Kozlek– Slide 13 http://www.flickr.com/people/ stopbits/ Mitch Barrie– Slide 1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ simonov/ Bruce Guenter – Slide 16 http://www.flickr.com/people/ 10154402@N03/
  43. THANK YOU Find more of my work over @ thepresentationdesigner.co.uk

    (Illiya) The Presentation Designer @illiyav  
  44. WHAT SHOULD I DESIGN NEXT? TWEET ME YOUR THOUGHTS TO

    @ILLIYAV