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<ul><li><p>Freelance web developer:99,99% of the things you</p><p>need to know</p><p>recurvoice</p></li><li><p>Freelance web developer: 99,99%of the things you need to know</p><p>recurvoice</p><p>This work is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License</p><p></p></li><li><p>Contents</p><p>chapter1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1chapter2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2chapter3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4chapter4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6chapter5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7chapter6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10chapter7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13chapter8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15chapter9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18chapter10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19chapter11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21</p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 1</p><p>chapter1</p><p>Introduction</p><p>Welcome! We tried to create a BS free introduction to freelancing.</p><p>In the following 9 chapters we are going to discuss several thingsthat are important for freelance webdevelopers.</p><p>An overview of the chapters</p><p> Chapter 1: Are you ready to start freelancing? Chapter 2: Best places to find freelance jobs Chapter 3: Is this gig any good? Chapter 4: How to automate your freelancing career Chapter 5: How I made 100k freelancing and absolutely lovedit</p><p> Chapter 6: How to increase your hourly rate as a freelancer Chapter 7: How to become an unstoppable freelancer: thetools</p><p> Chapter 8: Resources for new webdevs Chapter 9: Resources for advanced webdevs Summary</p><p>This is a beta version of the book so there still might be some errors.If you dont like it, we will give you your money back (this doesntmean much since the book is free).</p><p>This book is presented by Recurvoice: save time and automate yourinvoices. More info on</p><p>Never wish life were easier, wish that you were better.??JimRohn</p><p>/r/?</p><p>/r/?</p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 2</p><p>chapter2</p><p>Are you ready to start freelancing?</p><p>You have to take a lot of things into account when you want tostart freelancing. You dont want to be the clumsy, unprofessionaloutsider.</p><p>Heres a checklist to get you started:</p><p>Expectations:</p><p> Write down what you expect from your new career (workingfor one client or multiple clients, working at home vs at theclient, working in team or alone). This will allow you to makeother decisions.</p><p> Create a career plan with clear goals. Know yourself: in what environment do you thrive?</p><p>Legal:</p><p> Set up a legal structure. Buy insurance (see for example Freelancers Union) and opena checking account.</p><p> Knowhowyouwill manage your legal documents (checkRecurvoicefor invoices).</p><p> Have an emergency fund.</p><p>Clients:</p><p></p><p></p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 3</p><p> Find out how you can position yourself in the marketplace. Determine what you expect from a client (wage, clear re-quirements, professional communication).</p><p> Find clients and find out what their working style is (e.g.casual or formal).</p><p> Determine how you will brand yourself (online and offline). Set up your portfolio. Get business cards. Set up social media accounts (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter, Face-book, Instagram).</p><p>Practicalities:</p><p> Know what tools you will use (e.g. to do list, cloud services,calendar)</p><p> Install the required software (e.g. Evernote, Photoshop) Buy the required hardware (e.g. laptop, headphones, coffeemachine, briefcase).</p><p> Find a distraction-free location (visit some coworking spaces).</p><p>Education:</p><p> Have a network that can support you (for example other de-signers, developers etc.). Get an overview of network eventshere.</p><p> Know where you can follow the trends in your industry(conferences, online media, social networks).</p><p> Find out what aspects you need to work on and read booksabout this subject.</p><p>Work-life balance:</p><p></p><p></p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 4</p><p> Try to find out what you can outsource to a virtual assistant. Set aside family time. Set up a system to track your performance (time tracking).</p><p>Did we miss something? Tweet use @recurvoice</p><p>chapter3</p><p>Best places to find freelance jobs</p><p>Now lets take a look at the places where you can find a freelancejob. Here is an overview of our favorite job markets::</p><p>Remote jobs:</p><p> RemoteOK Weworkremotely Authenticjobs Working nomads Skip the drive Landing jobs</p><p>Jobs at startups:</p><p></p><p></p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 5</p><p> Jobs in European startups (see also Tyba) Jobs in Asian startups Angellist Crunchbase Underdog Twitter search Startupers</p><p>Jobs for designers/developers:</p><p> Dribbble and Behance (designers) Stackoverflow (devs) People per hour Smashing Magazine Envato</p><p>Jobs for Writers:</p><p> Freelancewriters</p><p>;Submit=+Job+</p><p>Search+</p><p>;Submit=+Job+Search+;Submit=+Job+Search+;Submit=+Job+Search+</p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 6</p><p> Speedlancer</p><p>General (freelancing) job boards:</p><p> Upwork (combination of oDesk and Elance) Guru Liquidtalent Freelancer Fiverr (one off gigs) Indeed LinkedIn (captain obvious here) The Muse</p><p>.</p><p>chapter4</p><p>Is this gig any good?</p><p>A few years ago one of my clients did not pay me. It would cost mea lot of money and time to get after him with legal procedures soI decided to bite the bullet and stop the procedure. Needless to saythat this annoyed me.</p><p>http://speedlancer.comhttps://www.upwork.com</p><p>http://speedlancer.comhttps://www.upwork.com</p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 7</p><p>To this day I have not recieved my money but this has learned me avaluable lesson: you should evaluate my clients before I start a newproject. Since I am already freelancing for quite a while, I can pickthe projects I like and say no to the ones I do not like.</p><p>Here is the checklist I use:</p><p> Check the credit score (on Upwork and Elance: client score) Are there clear goals and milestones for the project Does the project owner know what he is talking about anddoes he support the project?</p><p> Is the budget sufficient? Is the timing realistic? Do I like the project and project owner? Do I like the company culture (I check the Twitter accountsof some employees.</p><p> Are the employees happy : I use glassdoor to check this (Ioften work in the offices of a client for a longer period).</p><p>These criteria help me decide if I accept or reject the project.</p><p>chapter5</p><p></p><p></p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 8</p><p>How to automate your freelancing career</p><p>Freelancing can be a lot of fun but you have to juggle a lot at thesame time. Lets take a look at how we can automate some aspects:</p><p> Job search and finding leads:</p><p>Finding a cool gig is an important part of freelancing. You can useGoogle Alerts orMention to receive alerts when a new job openingpops up. There is no need to check Twitter or other social networksyourself since these systems filter the relevant info for you.</p><p>Online, you can find jobs at Upwork, Flagd and Elance. Thereare also a lot of category specific websites such asdesigner newsfor designers. Aggregators (see for exampleRemoteOK) combinethese sites into one central location so you dont have to combthrough all of these sites.Writerbox makes this process easier: theysend you leads via email.</p><p>Another easy way to find leads is joining acoworking spaceormeetups. It might take a longer time to find leads if you takethis approach but it could result in a steady stream of leads if youhave a decent portfolio. This could also be a lot of fun because youmeet people that are also living the freelancer life.</p><p> Education:</p><p>Keeping yourself up to speed is of vital importance for freelancers.We could once again set up Google Alerts or join meet-ups. Online</p><p></p><p></p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 9</p><p>courses (see CreativeLive) make it possible to learn at your ownpace. If you want to see trending topics in your field, you can usetools such asTopsy or read a topic specific subreddit. Setting up adiscussion group with several other freelancers also helps a lot tolearn about what is going on.</p><p> Invoicing:</p><p>A friend of me got into serious trouble because he forgot to sendinvoices to his clients for a few months. It took him a few hoursand a lot of calls to get the problem fixed. Creating (stylish) invoicesis important because it communicates that you are a professionalworker. You could do this manually but you have to take holidaysetc. into account. To make this more fun, we are creating Recur-Voice</p><p>Some coworking spaces offer a dedicated staff to help you outwith administration but finding a bookkeeper is not that hard. Bysetting upIFTT you can send documents to your bookkeeper byjust uploading to Dropbox.</p><p> Branding</p><p>To automate your presence on social networks, you can use Bufferto schedule your tweets and IFTT to cross post to other networks(for example send your Tweets to Facebook and Tumblr).</p><p>Creating a killer portfolio or website is important to showwhat youare capable of. Setting up a site is quite straightforward nowadaysbecause most hosters offer an easy to set up solution. You couldalso use or portfolio (for example Behance) to provide anoverview of your work without having to spend a lot of money.</p><p>https://www.creativelive.com</p><p>https://www.creativelive.com</p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 10</p><p> Communication:</p><p>Are you always in the zone and forget to follow up on emails?You could useBoomerang or set up IFFT to automate replies. Ifyou have to send the same mail to different people, you can createtemplates in gmail.</p><p>Slack is getting very popular to manage projects. Setting up aSlackbot can automate parts of your communication as well. Oneof the most popular Slack bots asks everyone what coffee they needwhen someone makes a coffeerun.</p><p> Mundane tasks</p><p>There are several services that offer apersonal assistant to out-source small task such as booking flights, calling customer servicesetc. There is no need to waste your valuable time doing thesemundane tasks.</p><p> Necessities:</p><p>Are you not able to work without enough coffee? Several sitesoffer subscription options so that your stock is refilled every monthwithout the need to think about it. You can also order daily meals.No need to have a panic attack over coffee!</p><p>chapter6</p><p></p><p></p></li><li><p>CONTENTS 11</p><p>How I made 100k freelancing and absolutelyloved it</p><p>To challenge myself, I have set a goal to earn 100k USD as soon aspossible with freelancing gigs.</p><p>Here is how I did it:</p><p> Examine your (potential) clients</p><p>My clients are active in different industries. To make sure that Icould add as much value as possible, I decided to study how theywork and what their main challenges are. Based on the Businessmodel canvas, I analyzed every aspect of their business. This hasprovided me with more insight in how they function and what theirfocus is for the coming years.</p><p> More projects in the sales funnel</p><p>To make sure that I would be busy the whole time, I blocked a fewweeks to focus on sales and make sure that I would be booked forthe coming months. This allowed me to focus on sales at first andthen on doing work. Once I am in sales mode, it is just easier toclose several projects because you get more focused on this goal.Once the projects lined up, it was a lot of fun to deliver the projectsand get paid without distractions.</p><p> Create better proposals</p><p>Clients often want a proposal before they select a freelancer. I trieddifferent things to see what...</p></li></ul>