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  • F R E E L A N C I N G

    J E N K R A M E R H A R V A R D U N I V E R S I T Y E X T E N S I O N S C H O O L

  • W H A T I S F R E E L A N C I N G ? Spoiler alert: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6tDo6gm-2wTTnR4dmpnSklQU0k/edit

    L E S S O N 1

  • They tell you which 40-50 hours per week to work.

    You get paid for all of those hours.

    Usually you have benefits.

    You have paid time off, but in limited quantities.

    They give you work to do.

    E M P L O Y E D

  • You pick which 80 hours per week you work.

    50-80% of your hours are unpaid.

    There are no benefits.

    You find your own work to do.

    You panic when you dont have enough work to do, and you whine when you have too much to take time off.

    F R E E L A N C E R

  • S O W H Y F R E E L A N C E ?

  • Be your own boss.

    Better chance at work/life balance.

    Choose the kind of work you want to do.

    Make more money, maybe.

    Work from a location of your choice, maybe.

    Learn something new.

    Explore a new career.

    Make extra money/increase job security.

    W H Y F R E E L A N C E ?

  • F R E E L A N C I N G I S H A R D W O R K

    And the good stuff doesnt happen overnight.

  • G E T T I N G S T A R T E D W H I L E W O R K I N G F U L L - T I M E

    L E S S O N 2

  • F R E E L A N C E O N W E E K E N D S

    Keep your day job if you need the income.

  • T A L K T O E V E R Y O N E Y O U K N O W

    Make sure they know you are looking for work.

  • S A V E L I K E C R A Z Y

    Ideally, a 10-12 month emergency fund, but no less than 6 monthsPay off your debts!

  • F U L L - T I M E F R E E L A N C I N G

    L E S S O N 3

  • Your reputation is more important than your paycheck,

    and your integrity is worth more than your career.

    Ryan Freitas

  • H A V E C L I E N T S L I N E D U P

    Dont leave your job without work to do.

  • W O R K B U S I N E S S H O U R S

    There is always something to do: website, portfolio, marketing materials, social media, learn new skills

  • C R E A T E W O R K I N G S P A C E

    Dedicate a space to working, and work there. Close the door when youre not working.

  • R E C O N S I D E R B U S I N E S S M O D E L

    Protect assets with an LLC

  • G E T Y O U R O W N B E N E F I T S

    You could break your hand anytime!

  • W H A T A R E Y O U N O T G O O D A T ?

    Find collaborators to help you where you need it.

  • A D V A N C E D C O N C E P T SL E S S O N 4

  • N E T W O R K L I K E C R A Z Y

    Best leads come from someone who knows youAsk clients for recommendations

  • I T S O K T O R A I S E R A T E S

    If you have too much work, consider charging more!

  • C O N S I D E R P A S S I V E O R A L T E R N A T I V E I N C O M E

    Get your name known in the field and do less work finding new clients!

  • Q U E S T I O N S ?

    Jen Kramer

    Arlington, MA

    Phone: 802-257-2657

    jen@jenkramer.org

    www.jenkramer.org

    Twitter: @jen4web

    Facebook: facebook.com/webdesignjen