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How do I transition to a freelance IT career?

What IT/computer-based fields offer a viable opportunity for someone who is handy with technology to freelance from home and earn a living wage? I'm interested in fields for which the skills can be learned independently or without going through years of formal education. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on May 17, 2015 - 5 answers

How much should I charge for freelance work?

I have been offered the chance to do some freelance work on the side while I'm on the hunt for permanent employment. But I don't know what to charge. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Is it worth it for an Ontario freelancer to be incorporated?

About 20 years ago, I needed to set up a corporation to work freelance for a large Ontario film production company. A couple of different accountants over the years advised me to hang on to the corporation and they allocated my yearly salary as a management fee. That paradigm shifted this past year and now I'm wondering if invoicing through an incorporated entity is worth the expense and hassle. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on May 14, 2015 - 5 answers

How much to charge for work that doesn't feel like work?

unexpectedly landed my "dream job". It's for something I've been a fan of for a while and very specific and is a kind of once in a lifetime random job opportunity. Here's the catch. It's freelance, I have a full time job already and there wasn't supposed to be any pay. After a call with my new boss, she suggested that because of my experience, we should discuss a pay rate today. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO EVEN ASK FOR. And google is not helping because they don't take into consideration that this is honestly something I'm so thrilled to work on that I would do it for free. [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Apr 24, 2015 - 20 answers

How do I become location independent?

I need a portable, work-from-home career that pays enough to live on (for me, about $30K minimum). I'm introverted and unhappy with my current location, and I like travel and having the freedom to move when I want. I'm frugal. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Mar 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I give freelancing a shot? What resources are out there?

My permanent job is coming to an end in three weeks and I haven't been able to line up another position just yet. Is this a good time to give freelancing a whirl, and if so where would I begin? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by jess on Mar 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Project Environment Manager for Task-Switching Freelancer

As a freelance marketing copywriter, what kind of thingie do I need in order to save different computer work environments for different projects—browser tabs, accounts logged into, files open in applications, etc.—and easily switch between them? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Mar 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me figure out what to charge this high maintenance client

I am a freelance consultant and I have a client who is especially high maintenance. She sends a lot of emails, asks a million questions, changes her mind occasionally, etc. I worked with her on a couple projects soon after starting my business a year ago and now she would like to do two more big projects with me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2015 - 12 answers

How to find graphic design work / projects?

My friend has a background in visual art (mainly years of oils, watercolors, some crafts) and has recently started exploring graphic design. So far she's done some projects for friends and family (website design, logos, packaging, card designing, etc). She'd love to do more of this kind of work on a freelance basis, but isn't sure how to find it. Should she advertise on Fiverr, or Elance, or...? How does this work and how do you get started as a freelance graphic designer? Any tips or recommendations would be really appreciated!
posted by aielen on Feb 24, 2015 - 2 answers

Planning to quit my job vs. giving up on my dream

I would like to devote myself to full time freelance illustration. I currently have an ok job, but my husband and I are tentatively planning on me quitting in the future so I can follow my dream. I realize not everyone gets to follow their dream though, and I worry it may be a Bad Decision. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Feb 20, 2015 - 12 answers

How to transition from working at home to corporate office life?

About two years ago I left my fast-paced corporate job to do freelance work for the same company from home. I thought I would hate it, but actually I discovered that I loved not dealing with the day-to-day interpersonal bullshit and the various stress of office politics. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Feb 10, 2015 - 5 answers

No time for a post-nup

My spouse and I are entering a phase where we realize we may have to split up. It would be an amicable split though very, very sad. The issue is finances: my spouse is salaried, I am freelance, but we've always pulled in the same annual amount and thus split absolutely everything 50/50 -- no shared bank accounts or credit cards. We're not ready to start separation proceedings while we still try to work on saving our marriage, but I am about to book a new gig that will quadruple my annual earnings in one lump sum for a 6 month job. I would like to protect that sum from becoming "joint property" as I would like to still be married when I sign the job contract -- we're not ready to throw in the towel yet. My husband is okay with signing off on this, as our finances have always been separate and this is just a continuation of that. What kind of simple paperwork do we need that we can sign and notarize to keep my upcoming windfall out of the equation while we figure out our marriage? [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Feb 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Finding translation customers at trade fair?

How do I network/find new customers at a consumer trade fair, and is it a good idea at all? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Jan 23, 2015 - 2 answers

As a contractor, do my taxes depend on where my payments get sent?

You are not my accountant. I am a 1099 contractor that works for a consulting company. I am meeting with my accountant next week to form an LLC for 2015. I will be getting paid for the month of December at around the same time. I will open a separate bank account for the corporation, but I will not be able to do it in time to have my first 2015 payment deposited into it, so it will get sent to my personal bank account as it does now. Will this cause any problems in 2016 when I'm doing my 2015 taxes? Or does it not really matter? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Dec 31, 2014 - 5 answers

When is the best day to send a email newsletter in the next week?

I am a small business owner and am sending an email newsletter out to a few hundred people in the next week or so. It's ready to go, and I'm trying to decide which day to send it out to get the highest chance of people reading it. All recipients are in the US. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Dec 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Who will buy these fun, obscure essays?

What are some magazines or online publications that publish popular -- but not dumbed-down or gimmicky -- history writing? Difficulty level: must pay writers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Print compnay employer is requesting my pay requirements - help

A print company owner is asking me what my pay requirements are to join his staff as an illustrator. How much do people who do this kind of thing make? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Decision framework for a tough career decision

I've been freelancing for the last year, but expecting a job offer in the next few days. I am genuinely torn abut whether I want to accept. I go back and forth daily. Yesterday I was pretty strongly leaning towards taking it. Today the idea depresses me. I'd appreciate your recommendations on tools to help me make this decisions. Snowflakes follow... [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Oct 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Are Elance and oDesk worth the effort?

I'm transitioning away from regular work to freelance. Friends have pointed me to Elance and oDesk, but the hourly rates are abysmally low! Has anyone made a success of that business model? I am a writer, so perhaps those skills are paid less than the more technical jobs on those sites?
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead on Oct 12, 2014 - 8 answers

How freely do you discuss your pay rate with fellow freelancers?

How freely do you discuss your pay rate with fellow freelancers? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Sep 27, 2014 - 10 answers

what are some steps that I can take towards my ideal career set-up?

I have an idea of what I think would be my ideal career set up (involving social, ethnographic and/or market research in China) , but am not too clear on the next steps to take. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Sep 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Best practices for raising rates?

I am a freelancer. Please help me understand how to raise my rates. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I answer his question without giving away everything for free?

I have been asked to have my brain picked on for a marketing consulting project, but its my livelihood - I need to get paid to do this! Additional info after the jump - [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Sep 3, 2014 - 11 answers

What are your best reporting/writing hacks?

So I'm finally getting some freelance assignments. Yay! But how do I actually do this organizationally? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Aug 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Forging my own path - freelancing instead of a day job!

After starting a new office job, I've realised the large office work environment really isn't for me. I'm finding 9-5 work with a long commute at either end of the day stressful, unfulfilling and unsatisfying. I'd like to use the talents and skills I've developed over a varied career in media and IT to go freelance, and create a sustainable life for myself rather than hopping from job-to-job. Where can I go to make this happen for myself - particularly in my key skill areas of copywriting and IT work - and what should I know before and after taking the plunge? I'm in the UK. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Aug 8, 2014 - 5 answers

How do you make money in a one-off business?

My friend has a fledgling business writing business plans in a smaller city. She wants to know how to make it grow. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Aug 7, 2014 - 8 answers

How to stay focused on a long-term independent work project?

I am a freelancer and currently have a big, long-term (several months') project to work on. How do I stay focused? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Aug 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Useful Skills for Expanding My Freelance Horizons

I'm an experienced freelancer and have both work experience and no trouble getting work (knock on wood) in freelance writing, PR, marketing, and that sort of thing. So what's something I can pick up that has a lot of freelance work floating around? [more inside]
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Jul 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Quitting my job, should I tell my boss the real reason why?

Freelancer here. I've been doing design/tech/maintenance work for this one guy's website for a little under a year. It's part-time and pays well...when he pays. He has a habit of being late on payments and unreachable...I've resolved to quit. Should I tell him the real reason why? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jul 26, 2014 - 23 answers

Preparing to pay taxes as a freelancer

I’ve just started freelancing as a copywriter and have some questions about preparing to pay taxes, and what I can claim as expenses. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jul 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Freelance retainer question

Freelancers, how do you handle it when a retainer client doesn't use all the hours they've paid for? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Jul 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Flexible time and task tracker needed

I need to track my time and activity at work, and I suspect there may be ways that my computer could help me with this. [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Jul 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I have a rate card?

I'm doing the ground work in setting up a small side business. This business would target a specific demographic with a defined subset of residential design services. I feel compelled to do a 'rate card' but I wonder if anyone here has experience with using a rate card as a service provider. Trying to figure out pros and cons and whether I've missed something. As a consumer, I think I'd love to see some up-front rates but I know that, realistically, it would keep me from hiring someone if I felt like I couldn't afford them (even if I could). [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

I'd rather not be branded

Can I be a freelancer without having a "personal brand"? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jun 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Memorial for family member planned while I'm away working

Someone in my extended family passed away. Her only child just told me that he'd like to plan a memorial for a future date while other relatives are in town. He and I were very close growing up, have somewhat drifted, but lately have been in one another's lives again. His mom was his only immediate family member. I already know I'm scheduled to be away from home working for three weeks at that time. Do I cancel, or proceed? [more inside]
posted by BestCoaster on Jun 3, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I do more coding while still using my Civil Engineering skills?

I want to make mapping and programming a bigger part of my work, while still using my background in water resources. What are some career options that might give me that opportunity? [more inside]
posted by yukonho on May 23, 2014 - 1 answer

Administrative assistant? Bookkeeper? 1 day a month? I hate paperwork

Ok, I went freelance about 4 years ago…and it’s been great. My problem is this: I spend time avoiding paperwork. I have a small set of tasks that someone could do. I’d like to hire someone for (at the least) handling invoicing and collections. What/who am I looking for? Is that a bookkeeper? [more inside]
posted by Towelie on May 19, 2014 - 10 answers

File, paper, and project management for a freelancer without a desk.

I have recently switched from an office job to working freelance. I belong to a coworking space but I don't have my own desk. Any advice for organizing paperwork without an everyday desk space? [more inside]
posted by kdern on May 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Ideas for earning money to complement creative/freelance projects?

Any ideas to help myself continue to be a wandering freelancer while increasing my income and expanding job opportunities? [more inside]
posted by bearette on May 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Freelance programming career?

Does anyone have some advice about how I could start a freelance programming career? [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog on Apr 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Where do I find a freelance graphic designer for a quick turnaround?

Hi all, I have a quick ask for a graphic designer. Need to mock up a landing page - does not need to be final design, and with about 24 hour turnaround. Don't want to spend a ton of money - up to $100. Are there any places I can go to ask / designers willing to help out? I would ask designers at my job, but this landing page is for a personal project and they are extremely busy already.
posted by pando11 on Apr 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Customizing a freelance designer's resume for a full-time job

Graphic designers who work exclusively as freelancers might or might not reach a point where they want to get full-time jobs, perhaps because it gives them a chance to save up more, or maybe because it offers them a stable paycheck when freelance work is sporadic. Question is, when freelance graphic designers apply for a design job in a creative agency, how do they write a compelling resume? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Apr 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Taxes and credit cards

I owe the IRS a not-insignificant chunk of change. Is there some way I could benefit from this? [more inside]
posted by null14 on Mar 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Rates for freelance medical writing?

I have been offered some freelance medical writing work, and need help to determine a reasonable hourly rate to quote. [more inside]
posted by amelioration on Mar 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Help with career ideas

I'm a freelance translator who wants to transition into employment. How can I go about this, and what should/could I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Should I do work for a racist?

I have been asked to some work for a racist, and I don't want to. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2014 - 50 answers

where should I look to find a programmer to help me with amazon s3?

I tried setting up my own vpn for my personal use via amazon s3. there are youtube tutorials on the web but I realized I'm out of my depth and I would like to hire someone to help me. only where should I go? is stackoverflow a good place to post such a request? or where do you go to find capable freelancers who can do a job like this?
posted by krautland on Mar 3, 2014 - 4 answers

How can 4 freelancers/entrepreuners buy affordable liability insurance?

Three friends and I teamed up to rent a small commercial office space to use as a shared office, as we've tired of working at home or in coffee shops. We've signed the lease and moved in. I've been tasked with finding liability insurance, but having trouble as the insurance companies don't know what to make of us. I'm hoping Mefites may have creative solutions. [more inside]
posted by lukez on Feb 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for event, rigging, stagebuilding work.

So this November I worked on some freelance event gigs throughout NYC-- it was similar to the film production work I'm looking to get into, required some related skills and I worked alongside some people with experience in the film industry. I've been looking high and low for similar work-- stage building, rigging, that sort of thing. Following that seasonal gig, I tried to look on Craigslist, Indeed, even Mandy for related event work but was lost-- despite the fact that I'd worked with people who seemed to imply that they'd found event work through similar avenues. [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Feb 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Freelance / self-employed tax deduction for reimbursed travel expenses?

Can a freelance / self-employed person (filing Schedule C) deduct from her taxes the cost of business travel (airfare, lodging) that she was later reimbursed for? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Feb 9, 2014 - 3 answers

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