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A beginner’s guide to freelancing

This was first written in October 2006 and was revised and expanded in May 2011. (The original version is here.)

I’ve been freelancing since 2003, first as a sole trader and more recently with a limited company. The title still has a double meaning — this is both for beginners and by a beginner, because I know I still have a lot to learn. This post is a summary of things I’ve learned so far, and suggestions from other people.


In Work on 26 October 2006. 51 comments. Permalink


For the past few months I’ve been working off and on at Somethin’ Else on a project for Channel 4 Education. Yesterday it launched: SuperMe, a site to help teenagers cope better with setbacks.


In Work on 13 July 2010. Permalink

Metaphorical warehouses

Despite not being in education, or having children in education, I still enjoy the rhythm of the academic year. It seems much better to end a year with a long summer holiday (in the northern hemisphere at least) rather than a brief cold Christmas break. So this end-of-year seems a good opportunity to summarise what I’ve been up to for the past twelve months or so.


In Work on 25 July 2011. Permalink

FRSTEE the Snowman

A couple of Christmases ago RIG experimented with Data Decs, custom-manufactured decorations for a few friends, based on an individual’s internet data: numbers of Twitter followers; plays on Last.fm; travels on Dopplr; and apertures used on Flickr photos. This Christmas we’ve focused on one of those and launched FRSTEE, the Festively Rendered Snowman from Tweets (Enterprise Edition). Now everyone can have their own.


In Work on 25 November 2011. Permalink

What I am, and have been, up to

It’s been a while since I posted anything about what I’m doing, so…


In Work on 10 May 2015. Permalink

My 2015

“Better late than never” is sometimes true. Here is some of what I did last year because if you’re reading this I assume you might be interested.


In Work on 21 January 2016. Permalink

Teaching web development to design students

Towards the end of 2015 I taught some second-year design students at Goldsmiths the basics of how to make websites. It was the first time I’d done any teaching and was an interesting experience all round: planning what to include, teaching the classes, and reflecting on what worked and what didn’t.


In Education, Work on 2 February 2016. Permalink