My business partner (+Aaron Patterson
) just wrote an amazing article about freelancing. I'll paste a short excerpt below.http://withnoble.com/simple-truths-about-freelancing/
I remember walking out the door of my last job, on my last day, saying, “I’m not spending my life working for another man’s dream.” I had finally felt the call of the freedom of freelancing and responded with a wholehearted letter of resignation. It was my moment to shine – to conquer the world of sole proprietorship. I saw the grass on the other side and realized it was greener than mine. And so I began.
Aware that I had quite a bit of ambition, and quite a bit less actual knowledge, I read every book and every article on freelancing I could find, but as we all learn the first time we read the directions for operating the lawnmower, there is a small but crucial difference between reading about a machine and the experience of operating it in real life. The lawnmower manual does not prepare you to have your forearms rhythmically and violently vibrated for forty-five minutes. Or to have the insides of your nostrils coated with flung grass residue. In the same way, I’m not sure reading about freelancing – though I did assimilate a lot of useful information – really prepared me for the lessons I was about the learn.
..... Go read more.