Last week I gave a talk about my experience as a freelancer at the Per Scholas
Lunch & Learn, hosted by the New York Tech Council. Per Scholas is a non-profit that provides IT training and job placement for people in low-income communities.
I've been freelancing full time for about 6 months now and finally feel that I've streamlined my process. I'd like to share a few things that made a huge difference for me:
Find a co-working space.
I rent a desk at CatapultPGH, and have no idea what I would do without it. The community is invaluable, and the coffee fantastic. It's amazing how your self respect and productivity sky rocket when you stop working in your PJs.
Read more at the co-working wiki, and if you can't find a space in your community, start one.
Take an improv class.
This is easily the best decision I've ever made. Confidence and decisiveness are a huge part of freelancing, and I promise improv will provide you those skills and many more.