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So You Think You Can Freelance? Part 2: Ground Work

18 Feb

Stop! Don’t go any further unless you’ve read So You Think You Can Freelance? Part I: Mindset. If you have (and still want to know more), please proceed …

Photo courtesy of Ryan Swift, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Ryan Swift, Flickr Creative Commons

Welcome to the land of freelancing! I have a feeling you’ll be very happy here.

The bad news: First you’ll have to do all the tax and business license stuff. The good news: You pretty much only have to do it once (or once in a blue moon).

So let’s get the housekeeping out of the way, shall we?

What’s in a name?

First, think of name for your enterprise. Try to keep it general enough that you can expand into other areas without pigeon holing yourself.

You’ll also want to do Google and USPTO trademark searches to pick a business name that’s not already taken and unique enough to register a Web domain, which we’ll get to shortly.

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So You Think You Can Freelance? Part I: Mindset

11 Feb
Photo courtesy of slworking2, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of slworking2, Flickr Creative Commons

Have elaborate fantasies of spending your days in pajamas, checking Facebook, sipping lattes in coffee shops … and maybe jumping into the occasional Slayer match on your lunch break?

Sure. It’s a little of that sometimes.

But I can tell you from five years of experience, you better be able to hang with the following tough guys, or as the saying goes: Don’t quit your day job.

So you think you can freelance? Meet your new work force.

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