How do I get started freelancing?

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Founded Oct 2014

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About this hive

A place to talk about how to set up a successful freelance practice: Important resources every freelancer needs and tips on negotiation, networking, and attracting the clients you want. Got a question? Ask away!

 

 

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Eric  Nortman

How do you get started freelance writing?

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  • Anne DeVito

    Start by answering this: what do you want to write? That answer will dictate how ...

  • Tom Sinclair

    It took me some time to figure that out. At this point my niche is ...

Kelly Brown

Hi! I am a Graphic Designer and I just recently decided to start freelancing. I gotten some work so far, but that was mostly from ...

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  • Antonia Blair

    You might also want to think about how you can incentivize your current clients to ...

  • Kelly Brown

    Thank you all so much for some great advice! It is greatly appriciated!

Peter Hilton

Anyone here have their hobby become their full-time freelance career? I've been selling records on ebay for about 15 years and it's been a consistent ...

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  • Alaia Williams

    Do you think you could? What would you need to do to be able to ...

Matthew Sedlar

I'm a first-time freelancer with a bit of a dilemma. I was referred to a client who wants a website facelift. They asked for three ...

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  • Matthew Sedlar

    I did get one solid piece of advice: Create spec work around a fictitious brand. ...

  • Xavier Fan

    Is the client asking for the mockups as samples to evaluate the quality of your ...

Noel Dolan

Hi Everyone! I'm an in-house designer and have been with the same company for 10 years (started as an intern, now I'm creative manager). I'm ...

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  • Noel Dolan

    Thank you. That's a nice start to figure out things. How many months' savings did ...

  • Xavier Fan

    I don't remember exactly - but I want to say around 6 months of savings ...

Janny Gonzalez

Hi! I've been a freelancer for almost two months for my company, but the problem is my company sells apps and websites and I'm not ...

3 more comments
  • Janny Gonzalez

    Yes, Antonia. After 3 months, I've realized my team is the best way to get ...

  • Antonia Blair

    Haha nice!

Alaia Williams

Did you become a freelancers by choice, circumstance or both? At last night's After Hours event, we had a cross section - some freelanced after ...

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  • Kam Weaver

    I have felt pulled to branch out on my own for years, but I was ...

  • Alaia Williams

    Congratulations Kam! Pricing and titles are something that often change - and nothing is set ...

Anita Stroud

Hello Everyone! I am new to freelancing writing. I would like to know about budget sizes and how to quote my price. Should I pay ...

T. Cash

Hello everyone! My name is Tisa. I'm a student (graphic design major), and am brand new to freelancing. I turned to the idea of freelancing ...

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  • T. Cash

    I'm inclined to agree with you, Andrew. I find oDesk and Elance to be difficult ...

  • Xavier Fan

    Tisa - I think it's great that you have defined financial goals for yourself, especially ...

Mary K Clark

I need some help understanding DBA's. I need to understand the ramifications of obtaining an EIN number under my given name as a sole proprietor ...

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  • Kevin Bingaman

    If I recall correctly, EIN means EMPLOYER Identification Number. Thus not required unless you intend ...

  • Mary K Clark

    Thanks Jennifer and Kevin!. I've received the information that I need. As a sole proprietor ...

Cynthia Bartz

Hello! I am hosting a twitter chat on Thursday, talking about getting your first client. I'd love for you to join us! Just follow #FreelanceLifeChat ...

Zeynep Jane Bozok

Hi! I'm a musician/ sound designer and I'm working freelance since 8 years. I've recently moved to New York from Istanbul, and I am experienced ...

Susan Blackman

I am 61, was laid off from a job six months ago, and haven't found another job. I have decided to hit the hard reboot ...

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  • Alan Miller

    You don't say much in your profile beyond that you were working with a nonprofit, ...

  • olga alexander

    I am in the same boat Susan! I have had several jobs and some part-time ...

Mike van der Noordt

After searching the net, I still haven't found a real answer; I'm a EU citizen and freelancer. Now A USA based company is interested in ...

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  • Xavier Fan

    As far as I know, you'll need a work visa to work in the US ...

Alaia Williams

Are you attending your local Spark event this month? The topic: Taxes! Do you make sure to keep your finances organized? Where do you look ...

Eric  Nortman

How do you get started freelance writing?

Comments
  • Anne DeVito

    Start by answering this: what do you want to write? That answer will dictate how ...

  • Tom Sinclair

    It took me some time to figure that out. At this point my niche is ...

Kelly Brown

Hi! I am a Graphic Designer and I just recently decided to start freelancing. I gotten some work so far, but that was mostly from ...

2 more comments
  • Antonia Blair

    You might also want to think about how you can incentivize your current clients to ...

  • Kelly Brown

    Thank you all so much for some great advice! It is greatly appriciated!

Noel Dolan

Hi Everyone! I'm an in-house designer and have been with the same company for 10 years (started as an intern, now I'm creative manager). I'm ...

2 more comments
  • Noel Dolan

    Thank you. That's a nice start to figure out things. How many months' savings did ...

  • Xavier Fan

    I don't remember exactly - but I want to say around 6 months of savings ...

Janny Gonzalez

Hi! I've been a freelancer for almost two months for my company, but the problem is my company sells apps and websites and I'm not ...

3 more comments
  • Janny Gonzalez

    Yes, Antonia. After 3 months, I've realized my team is the best way to get ...

  • Antonia Blair

    Haha nice!

Anita Stroud

Hello Everyone! I am new to freelancing writing. I would like to know about budget sizes and how to quote my price. Should I pay ...

T. Cash

Hello everyone! My name is Tisa. I'm a student (graphic design major), and am brand new to freelancing. I turned to the idea of freelancing ...

1 more comment
  • T. Cash

    I'm inclined to agree with you, Andrew. I find oDesk and Elance to be difficult ...

  • Xavier Fan

    Tisa - I think it's great that you have defined financial goals for yourself, especially ...

Zeynep Jane Bozok

Hi! I'm a musician/ sound designer and I'm working freelance since 8 years. I've recently moved to New York from Istanbul, and I am experienced ...