Monthly Archives: June 2013

Freelance Friday 03: Handling Inquiries

Carrying on somewhat sequentially from last week, today’s post covers some tips on handling enquiries, and the back-and-forth that precedes a possible job.

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It’s always a bit of a thrill when an inquiry pops up in my email about a job that sounds really interesting – or a positive reply after responding to a job ad. But that’s just a first step, a maybe. Neither of you are committed to working together yet. So it’s worth thinking about how you handle things from there.

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Freelance Friday 02: Hunting Jobs Online – Useful Linkage

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Today’s Freelance Friday follows on from last week’s general tips for snuffling out good jobs online, as I thought it might be useful to share both a few different kinds of sites to look on, and a few links, relating to comics and illustration work. Onwards!

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Freelance Friday 01: Hunting Jobs Online

Right, let’s get this Freelance Friday series going! I thought a good first run might be a series of posts on the process of a freelance gig, roughly sequentially. So I’ll start off with a couple of posts on hunting out jobs online, as often, if you’re early career or starting out, you do tend to need to go hunting. So I’ll cover a few a few of my thoughts and experiences with jobs posted online.

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I probably don’t need to tell you that creative industries have a problem with the perceived value of our work, and that there are a billion and one “job” ads online that expect free or practically free work. Basically, if looking to find gigs online, there’s a lot of junk to wade through. That said, I’ve had some great experiences with lovely clients found online, and when you’re early on in your freelance career, you may not have a lot of people knocking on your door. So here are my tips for dredging through the junk looking for gems… Continue reading

Freelance Friday: Intro post!

Freelance Friday is a new series of weekly blog posts I’ve been meaning to do for a while! So, here’s a bit of background, what to expect, and a request for questions or topic requests:

I’ve been freelancing for a few years (after a couple more years easing into it part-time while doing my MA). I still consider myself early career, and have a ways to go to get to where I’d really like to be. But over the past while – as well as being lucky enough to have benefited from the help and wisdom of wonderful, more experienced people – I’ve also been able to answer questions or offer resources to others here and there. I think I have a not-terrible head for contracts, communication, and other such things, and that I might be able to offer something of use, especially to those in the early stages of freelancing.

So – with plenty of big disclaimers that I’m not a lawyer, and also that like many freelancers I’m learning as I go along and may have some blind spots! – I’ll be starting with a series of posts offering some thoughts on looking for work, discussing jobs with potential clients, quoting, and covering a bunch of topics and clauses you may want to consider for your own contract template (and look for in contracts you receive)…and we’ll go from there!

I’ll also do my best to wrangle up some helpful links, and I’d love to get a bit of discussion going in the comments! For now, I would like to know:

Is there anything you’d particularly like me to cover?

See you next Friday! Follow the blog if you’d like to keep up to date! 🙂