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Subject:RE: Freelancing Help From:quills -at- airmail -dot- net To:"C. A. Cherry" <cherry_c_a -at- comcast -dot- net>, "'David Loveless'" <daveloveless -at- gmail -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Thu, 7 Jun 2007 21:18:52 -0500
If possible build up a 4 to 6 month reserve in the bank. A little
late now, I know. However, you never know how quick the next job will
appear. And start looking for that next job at least a month before
your contract ends.
Remember you loyalty is to yourself. You are now a true mercenary.
At 8:07 PM -0400 6/7/07, C. A. Cherry wrote:
>I've been freelancing for twelve years. When I started out, I found Herman
>Holtz's "Complete Guide to Consulting Contracts" very useful. I just
>checked Amazon; there's a '97 edition available in paperback.
>Good luck with your new career!
>Cherry_c_a -at- comcast -dot- net
>From: techwr-l-bounces+cherry_c_a=comcast -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+cherry_c_a=comcast -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
>Behalf Of David Loveless
>Sent: 07 June, 2007 6:49 PM
>Subject: Freelancing Help
>Due to some recent changes in life, I've decided to give the freelance
>route a try. I've been writing for seven years and have finally gotten
>tired of the bureaucracy and other pains that come with your standard
>8-5. Believe me, this has been a long time coming.
>Over the last three years, I've taken on small freelance jobs as a way
>to get my feet wet. Recently, I signed on to complete a much larger
>project. Today, I accepted my first true contract (3 month gig with
>potential for more).
>So, I've dropped the hook, the fish have nibbled.... now what?
>I'm just looking for any general advice you might give me. I want
>anything and everything from pursuing the next contract to handling
>disputes to writing the contract to, well... anything. Any good books,
>articles, or websites would also be greatly appreciated. I know that
>freelancing is not exactly a walk in the park, but I'm ready to give
>it a whirl.
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