Freelancer F*ck Ups — Dont Make My Mistakes

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  1. 1. Freelancer F*ck Ups Dont Make My Mistakes!Matt SchiffmanUX Designer / Developer / Technologist #sxmistakeshttp://is.gd/freelancemistakes@darrownet darrownet.com
  2. 2. Freelancer F*ck Ups Dont Make My Mistakes!Matt SchiffmanUX Designer / Developer / Technologist #sxmistakeshttp://is.gd/freelancemistakes@darrownet darrownet.com
  3. 3. as a freelancer I...
  4. 4. as a freelancer I... pay higher taxes :|
  5. 5. as a freelancer I... pay higher taxes :| 7.5% FICA/Medicare
  6. 6. as a freelancer I... pay higher taxes :| 7.5% FICA/Medicare 0.35% NYC MCTMT WTF?!
  7. 7. as a freelancer I... pay higher taxes :| 7.5% FICA/Medicare 0.35% NYC MCTMT WTF?! dont enjoy stability as compared to my fulltime counterparts
  8. 8. as a freelancer I... pay higher taxes :| 7.5% FICA/Medicare 0.35% NYC MCTMT WTF?! dont enjoy stability as compared to my fulltime counterparts rarely enjoy common workplace benets
  9. 9. as a freelancer I... can write off work related expenses(tax breaks!)
  10. 10. as a freelancer I... can write off work related expenses(tax breaks!) enjoy professional latitude YES!
  11. 11. as a freelancer I... can write off work related expenses(tax breaks!) enjoy professional latitude YES! can deal with the morning commute on myown terms
  12. 12. My mistakes... Youre not a lawyer (unless youre a lawyer)
  13. 13. My mistakes... Youre not a lawyer (unless youre a lawyer) wrote my own SOWs (Statements of Work)
  14. 14. My mistakes... Youre not a lawyer (unless youre a lawyer) wrote my own SOWs (Statements of Work) attached my signature without consultingan attorney
  15. 15. My mistakes... Youre not a lawyer (unless youre a lawyer) Keep an attorney on retainer
  16. 16. My mistakes... Youre not a lawyer (unless youre a lawyer) Keep an attorney on retainer Keep them in the loop when you initiate newbusiness and execute contracts
  17. 17. My mistakes...You know better thanyour clients. Really. You do.
  18. 18. My mistakes...You know better thanyour clients. Really. You do. vision channeling letting afrmation deneproject concepts and their execution
  19. 19. My mistakes...You know better thanyour clients. Really. You do. vision channeling letting afrmation deneproject concepts and their execution stitching let third party contractors denemy efcacy and execution
  20. 20. My mistakes...Dont be a yes manyour client will roll over youyes sir may I have anotherbad idea please
  21. 21. My mistakes...You know better thanyour clients. Really. You do. dene yourself as the expert
  22. 22. My mistakes...You know better thanyour clients. Really. You do. dene yourself as the expert show and tell manage outside vendorswith examples and prototypes
  23. 23. My mistakes...One trick ponies end up inserious trouble. Seriously.
  24. 24. My mistakes...One trick ponies end up inserious trouble. Seriously. consolidated most of my professionalattention on one client and business sector
  25. 25. My mistakes...One trick ponies end up inserious trouble. Seriously. consolidated most of my professionalattention on one client and business sector focused my skills on one platform/specialty
  26. 26. My mistakes...One trick ponies end up inserious trouble. Seriously. Try to bill at least two clients within thesame billing cycle
  27. 27. My mistakes...One trick ponies end up inserious trouble. Seriously. Try to bill at least two clients within thesame billing cycle Keep learning and stay on top of the latesttechnology and trends
  28. 28. My mistakes... Some good resources...
  29. 29. My mistakes... Realize when it just becomestoo much
  30. 30. My mistakes... Realize when it just becomestoo much perceived irrational client demands as astandard practice
  31. 31. My mistakes... Realize when it just becomestoo much perceived irrational client demands as astandard practice became addicted to the prospects of mybusiness and its needs
  32. 32. My mistakes... Realize when it just becomestoo much
  33. 33. My mistakes... Realize when it just becomestoo much Lay down the law
  34. 34. My mistakes... Realize when it just becomestoo much Lay down the law Dont take on more work than you canhandle sub-contract if necessary
  35. 35. My mistakes... Realize when it just becomestoo much
  36. 36. My mistakes... Realize when it just becomestoo much Lay down the law Dont take on more work than you canhandle sub-contract if necessary Dont alienate your support system
  37. 37. Freelancer F*ck UpsDont Make MyMistakes!Matt SchiffmanUX Designer / Developer / Technologist #sxmistakeshttp://is.gd/freelancemistakes@darrownet darrownet.com