By Marcia Passos Duffy

This booklet tells readers what they should understand to begin up and thrive in a freelancing company, in any profession or undefined. From studying to control a while in an unstructured atmosphere to getting consumers to pay on overdue invoices to writing a marketing strategy and securing a enterprise license and assembly executive requisites.

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__I want money so I can retire early. __I want money so I can have freedom to travel (or other activity). What kind of hours will you work? __I have to work full-time. __I need flexible hours. __I can work part-time. __I need to work between the hours of ____ and ____ only. 33 Be Your Own Boss C h o o s i n g t h e Ri g h t F r e e l a n c e C a r e e r Keep the preceding checklist handy. It’s your road map for the remainder of this chapter. While you may find something you’re passionate about, if it doesn’t meet the criteria you selected, you may not be able to translate that passion into a career that will pay the bills.

The beauty of freelancing is that you don’t have to quit your full-time job right away: You can start a business on the side and be a “toedipper” for as long as it takes to get your business to get off the ground. But make sure your moonlighting is okay (or doesn’t interfere) with your employer. The first thing you need to do before you venture out as a freelancer is to write a business plan. Before your eyes glaze over and you skip to the next section, hold on. Your business plan doesn’t have to be a long, involved 100-page document.

Each day is full of different meanings, different projects,” says one insider. “I would get bored if I had to do the same thing over and over,” says another. Home Sweet Home According to one public relations consultant, being at home has many advantages. “I love being able to conference call while I’m in the kitchen cooking,” she says. Attire is also a top reason some love to work at home. “I can work in my pj’s now. ” says an insider. Calling the Shots Insiders love not having to answer to someone in a corner office.

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