Top Ten Secrets of Savvy Freelancers

Posted: November 27th, 2009

Don’t you ever want to get inside the heads of the cream of the crop of freelancers? Well, look no further. I bring you ten long-kept secrets of the trade.

10. Always remember to ask your clients if they want to “super size” their orders.

9. Take care of that messy accounting and taxes by conveniently offering payment under the table.

8. The formula for your hourly rate is to take the hourly rate of the last job you had, then add to this the hourly rate they really should have given you. Then add your age to this for good measure.

7. Get a full 8 hours of sleep every 2 – 3 days.

6. Marketing is key so partner up with a Viagra email promoter.

5. Branding is also important so be sure to use a name like BMW Studios, Cisco Creations or Pepsi Productions. They won’t notice.

4. Never ever keep a client in the dark. The dark is for freelancers to lurk with the other vampires.

3. Always require a 125% deposit before starting any project.

2. Improve upon your skills by seeing what those damn 4th graders are doing nowadays.

1. Eliminate distractions in the bud by throwing out your computer.

More on the author, Johnny Spence
Johnny is the founder of The Freelance Rant and a freelance web programmer with 8 years in the business. Have a visit at his company Oscarrr!web or see what he's up to on Twitter.

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