Be Your Own Boss



Marcia Passos Duffy, Be Your Own Boss
WetFeet | 2006 | ISBN: 1582075891 | 168 pages | File type: PDF | 1,1 mb
Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Is Freelancing for You? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Top Five Freelancing Myths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Is Freelancing for You? Take the Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
The Necessary Traits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Insider Scoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Choosing the Right Freelance Career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
The Right Reasons to Go Freelance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
What¡¯s Your Passion? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Putting Your Passions to Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Careers Suited to Freelancing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Before You Hang Out Your Shingle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Write a Business Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Designate Space and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Devise a Billing System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Spread a Safety Net . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Drum Up Demand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Establish a Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Licenses, Government Requirements, and Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
The Potential Pitfalls of Freelancing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
So Many Hats¡ªSo Little Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Endless Distractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
The Time Monster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
The Home-Office Tango . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Workaholics Anonymous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Home Alone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Staying Motivated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Real People Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Writer/Video and Radio Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Public Relations Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Financial Planner/Investment Adviser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Public Relations Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Illustrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Actor/Writer/Film Producer/Inventor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Life and Business Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Business Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Virtual Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Animal Communicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Graphic Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
For Your Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Self-Assessment Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Self-Employment Associations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Federal and State Government Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Online Networking Sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Freelancing Job Boards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

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