School’s out, I’ve had a few clients, started a few projects, and so far I’m really enjoying being a freelancer. Each day is different and I never know what I’ll be doing the next day. A client might be ready to move along or they might not, I might have a new client, I might finish a project, my computer might explode. Ya never know. Things can happen kind of sporadically so you have to stay on your toes.
I’ve never had a “real job” according to my friends. A constant paycheck would be nice but working for myself is a lot more fun! I don’t think I’d do well if I had a job doing something I’m not passionate about. Most of the teens around here work at restaurants, grocery stores, or this water park that’s close by and I seriously doubt any of them are passionate about their jobs. Some teens work at banks or office buildings and they seem to enjoy their jobs but I still think I’ve got the best job a teen can have.
I work from home. I sit about 10 feet from the refrigerator. It’s air conditioned (although in Arizona it’s still hot sometimes). I work whenever I want for as long or as little as I want. I work in a tshirt and shorts everyday and I really enjoy what I do. What’s not to like about that?
In my first month as a freelancer I’ve learned some of the things it takes to work for yourself. Some of them I expected and some of them I wasn’t ready for at all.
Probably the most important thing I’ve learned is to talk with everyone. You never know who might be looking for a website and a good introduction might be all it takes to get hired. Referrals can be just as powerful as a good portfolio. A friend of a friend learned that I built websites and hired me to design a website for his company without even looking at my portfolio or a resume. All of my work is from referrals
Each day is a little different and brings unexpected opportunities to learn.
glad to hear everything’s working out good for you. Being outgoing is very important, I’ve made so many contacts in the past two days alone on vacation just by talking to random people. if you really want some work do some travelling and meet as may people as possible.
Posted by Zeerus on Jul 10, 2006.
How much did you get for your LL Packaging project in your portfolio, it’s just I am looking to start freelance web design..
Posted by Robert Day on Jul 10, 2006.
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Posted by Mattbob | One Year Anniversary on Oct 31, 2006.