Updated: A Beginner’s Guide to Freelancing

In October 2006 I wrote a lengthy guide to freelancing, summarising things I’d learned. It was getting a bit out of date in places, and I’ve learned more things since then. So I’ve now revised and expanded it.

Let me know if you find anything wrong, or that could be better.

6 May 2011 at Twitter

  • 10:01am: @chrislunch You seem to be assuming that being a councillor is an actual job, rather than something done in free time.
  • 10:06am: @chrislunch I’m perfectly aware of it, but “unemployment” doesn’t seem to apply :)
  • 10:07am: Did two billion people really watch the royal wedding, as the news says? Me, writing: http://bit.ly/im9oSy
  • 10:09am: @chrislunch LMFAO
  • 10:10am: @dracos Yes, but... I bet being a councillor is not a “job” for very many of them at all.
  • 10:13am: @dracos Seems like schmeems like. Would be genuinely interested to see how many have full time jobs too.
  • 10:17am: @dracos No - I could be paid £100k a year for an hour a week (I wish) but it doesn’t make it a full time job. I’m talking time, not money.
  • 10:18am: eg “the vast majority of Councillors have full time jobs, families and hobbies” http://bit.ly/kYz2B3
  • 10:20am: @dracos I take “unemployed” to mean “having no job at all”. Which implies the lost councillorship was the person’s only job.
  • 10:20am: @chrislunch @dracos Man, I can’t wait for your stand-up gig Chris. It’ll be a right laugh!
  • 10:22am: @corinthino Well yes, that’s my point - it’s nonsense :)
  • 10:23am: @dracos You could certainly have a “near full time commitment” plus another “near full time” job. (LOL! Tell another one!)
  • 10:28am: @chrislunch @Zoonie @dracos GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME!
  • 10:30am: @corinthino Very good point - done! Thanks.
  • 11:33am: My ‘Beginner’s Guide to Freelancing’ is now updated: http://bit.ly/mvIhsJ Thanks for feedback. Let me know of anything that could be better.
  • 04:20pm: The sound of applause echoes across Shoreditch. “Is the bubble back?”
  • 04:22pm: @infovore I think PHP has a top-level function especially for that. Well, chances are.
  • 08:56pm: <tipsy>Isn't London great.</tipsy>
  • 09:21pm: With @maryloosemore watching Madchester bands mime on 'Top of the Pops' in 1991 on BBC Four. TWENTY YEARS AGO! 20!OMG!! Singing along.
  • 09:36pm: Oceanic, 'Insanity'. It's only a short step from this to broadcasting old episodes of 'Hitman and Her'. Retro can go too far.
  • 09:40pm: @realmonkeybear I'd never have guessed some of these bands would have been on 'Top of The Pops'. PWEI?!
  • 09:57pm: BBC should have kept TOTP going even if the current viewing figures were tiny… it's an investment in footage for use in the future. Serious.

6 May 2011 in Writing

Two billion viewers
Did two billion people really watch the royal wedding?

6 May 2011 in Links

6 May 2011 in Comments elsewhere

Two billion people and the royal wedding: pretty damned unlikely - Boing Boing
“starfish and coffee”, you’re assuming a (perhaps ill-judged) throwaway comment for the purpose of amusement is representative of an action I’d take in the real world….