living a freelance life


Freelancing: How to talk yourself into charging more →

Andy Adams wrote that piece above on how to price your own job when you’re living your working life as a freelance. While in theory I agree on everything, in practice – at least in Italy and also in Europe, as far as I’ve seen – I am not sold. I mean: one has to know the bare minimum monthly/yearly income to pair expenses … including the home’s commodities and everyday meals.

But then you have to face the “market” … which at the moment is like the wild west. I have seen jobs accounted for 1/10 of the actual value. Where the employer counts the money BEFORE the result, leaving the problems from poor results for subsequent disputes…

So, I just want to model for them what “good work” looks like, get paid modestly for it, and help them see that it’s quite possible to live a very honorable and respectable life doing things that you love.

There’s no lofty goal here. Live simply, do work that matters, and love deeply.

John Saddington Thoughts on Black Friday, Cyber Monday Sales

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How I fell into the rabbit hole: life and work at the distributed wonderland



GREAT stuff, Luca. Thanks for sharing with us…

Originally posted on Luca Sartoni:

In 2001, I was 21 years old and had just started freelancing. Like many of us, it fell into my lap: someone asked me to make their website and so it went.

When I started, I had no clue how to run my business. So I did what I thought was right: I copied everything other people in the market were doing.

I made a stamp, business cards, templates for my business stationery. I bought a paper pad and a nice pen to take notes. I remember once I spent four hours refining my hourly rate with a friend. I had a multi-tiered system according to how many hours of service were required and so on.

I used the stamp maybe once, I haven’t printed a single paper invoice since then and every single client was treated as an exception, so the hourly rate never applied, the way it was…

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I am ever so cynical about the nth “let’s work on a new groundbreaking social network app”email hitting my inbox, that I keep thinking about learning new skills, anything applicable in the real world, maybe I should work my way up a banking system, bankers make a lot of money, don’t they? Or go back to university for 8 years to become a doctor, change real lives, not secluding people via social apps.

What will become of us?