Steve hosts the ‘Being Freelance’ podcast and the ‘Doing it for the Kids Podcast’. He’s a video and audio freelancer.

  1. Don’t freak out. Quoting Louisa Heinrick – e.g. tax time. Or, when you have no work/too much work. Just figure how best to deal with overwhelm when it comes along. Step away from the eye of the storm and get some clarity.1. Don’t freak out. Quoting Louisa Heinrick – e.g. tax time. Or, when you have no work/too much work. Just figure how best to deal with overwhelm when it comes along. Step away from the eye of the storm and get some clarity.
  2. Know your finances (and understand them). Have a process for tax, invoices. Get some online accounting software. Be aware of what you’re spending too.
  3. Know yourself. Analyse what you do and how you do it. What time of day do you work well? Know this and you’ll be more productive. Maybe keep a work diary: three things that went well and one lesson.
  4. Be Yourself. It’s the key to being a freelancer. Clients want to work with YOU and they need to get to know you.
  5. Nice guys get paid last. Stand up for yourself. Clients will try to push the scope of the projects but you must be confident and push back a little.
  6. Stop being so available. Turn off notifications. Remove client email on your phone. You need to be more in charge of when you’re available.
  7. Learn to say NO. It means you can say yes to something else. If you keep saying yes, you’re going to burn out or do lower quality work. Every opportunity comes at a cost.
  8. Schedule Life First. It is very important to find the time for yourself so put it into your calendar. Go to the gym, the cinema, France. Your business will eat your life if you let it.
  9. Make opportunities for yourself. Unless you make things happen, you won’t have any work. Put yourself out there. Keep trying.
  10. Other Freelancers are NOT the competition. There’s lots of work to go around. Be supportive of other freelancers, learn from each other, and create a community of freelancers. It’s a chance to have friends (freelancing is isolating). Work referrals also occur this way.
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