If there’s one thing I learned from working in corporate, it’s that this is not what I want to do! I’ve been really inspired by all the amazing bloggers out there that have turned their hobbies into a living, so I’ve decided that it’s time I followed suit.
I’ve done some freelance work in the past, but I’ll admit I had no idea what I was doing back then and was terrible with client management. Recently I began doing design/development consulting work again on the side with a close friend, and while the client management aspect was still tough, it was a much better experience overall. As a result, we’ve decided to open a boutique agency together and take this business to the next level! Here’s a little sneak peak:
I’m not going to spoil anything else, but we’re hoping to have the website completed in time for the new year. To help me keep track of all my tasks and ideas I’ve been relying on my beautiful new Kikki-K Gold Personal Planner:
We also use Asana, a free project management app that integrates with my iOS calendar app (Sunrise) and WordPress! It’s seriously much better than communicating over email, and it has all sorts of neat task tracking features.
Other than getting our site up and running, we’ve been busy discussing our business goals, methods, and drafting up documents. There are a lot of resources out there, but here were the ones that we used and found helpful:
- The Dark Art of Pricing – One of the first things you need to figure out as a freelancer is how to charge people. This was something I struggled with in the past but this article has enlightened me.
- How to Make More Money as a Freelancer – Pretty self-explanatory. The author shares some great tips, from pricing to tools used, on how you can increase your earnings.
- How I went from $100-an-hour programming to $X0,000-a-week consulting – This article was referenced by the author in article #2, and it offers excellent, if not similar, tips as well.
- By Regina – Her blog is full of informative articles and PDFs, it would be a pain in the butt to list them all. 12 Essential Steps to Starting Your Freelance Business was our starting point, and we found a bunch of great tools on her resources page.
Starting your own business while working full time is tough, but it’s been an exciting and rewarding journey so far. Looking forward to what the future for this holds! Do any of you have your own business? If so, any tips would be much appreciated!
P.S. The “How to winterize…” series will resume in December. Next week is Thanksgiving in the US so I’ll be taking Thursday off to gorge on delicious food :D There will be a post on Monday 11/24, and I’ll have another surprise for you all then. Stay tuned!