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@dbvickery DB, it's interesting to see your response. So, "freelancers" in terms of your business are usually in the form of contract workers. Staffing/placement agencies are the norm here in Seattle, too, but many gigs are for multi-month or multi-year contracts. I've noticed most offer contract workers health care, paid vacation, sick leave and other perks usually reserved for full-time or regular jobs. So, it's really like a regular job instead of freelance.Thank you again for the comment and conversation! You taught me something...the traditional "freelancer" is maybe becoming a rare resource?
10 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Most Helpful Hints for Freelancers
@dbvickery Hi, DB, and thank you for reading and for the terrific feedback. There is always a chance salaried employees will view a consultants's fees with envy or resentment. But part of the reason they are "employees" is because of the peace of mind they enjoy by having a regular paycheck. I'm curious to know what kind of work you do and what roles freelancers play in your business!? Thanks again and have a great weekend!
@jenniferannegood Dear Jennifer, it was such an amazing and wonderful surprise to see your comment here. Thank you so much for reading and responding!You didn't need much help, but I *DO* remember telling you something like, "when work is slow, take off and enjoy it instead of fretting. The next thing you know, you'll be swamped, wishing you could sit down and read a book!" This list isn't by any means complete, but it provides a good foundation of things to consider. There isn't a real shortcut to bypass time and experience. Making mistakes is part of the learning process. And I think lessons learned from missteps resonate most deeply.Many thanks for your amazing support, first as an awesome client at Chiat Day, and I'm proud to say, as one of my closest real-life friends.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Helpful Hints for Freelancers
@newdaynewlesson Hi, Newdaynewlesson, and thanks for reading and commenting.What a great addition you've made! It's true — when vendors go to the trouble of writing estimates or preparing proposals, not only do some people forget to notify the contenders—they most certainly forget to say thanks.I usually will send out specifications for a large project out for competitive bids. When a decision has been reached, I notify the winning bid as well as the unsuccessful ones. Often I will let the unsuccessful bidders know where they fell short because it could help them in another situation down the road. The feedback is always appreciated. I know I would appreciate that kind of feedback, too!Have a great day. And if you're state-side, happy July Fourth! Cheers/Terri
@WayneHurlbert Wayne, thanks again. You've been amazingly supportive. I really appreciate your comment . THANK YOU! Cheers/Terri
@SweetKOOKIE1 Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)
Thanks, Jean, for checking out the post. And I'm glad you said it's helpful to more than only freelancers. I think many people can improve their work situations by observing at least some of these helpful hints. All the best/Terri
@AndrewPatch I'm sure @Peg Fitzpatrick and Paul Biederman will appreciate your comment, as I do. Thanks, Andrew.
@David Horsfall Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. You've been along for the ride throughout most of my career. It's been mostly joyful and full of fascinating people and experiences. <3 <3 <3
@prblog Terrific article, Kevin. It's a terrific spin for people with 9-to-5 gigs. Thanks for sharing and thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it very much. All the best/Terri
@gravyontherice Toku, thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment. It's been my pleasure getting to know you on various social media channels. You're doing fantastically well on all accounts, but iIf I can ever help, please don't hesitate to ask! Cheers/happy July 4th tomorrow! Terri
@greatpoetrymhf Hmmm...I am going to check out your blog and see if I can further understand what's going on here! Thanks for the link!
@ryanmercer Good luck, Ryan, and thanks for the comment. Cheers/Terri
@greatpoetrymhf Now that I know who you are, Michelle, it makes a lot more sense! Thanks again and I appreciate you taking the time to shed light on this! Cheers/Terri
@Wale Adeagbo @osasemovon1 Wale, my thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Wishing you a great day! Cheers/Terri
@cmbsweden Thanks SMB. I like the "not too formal," part of your comment. Cheers and happy Tuesday :-)
@frankxgullo Thanks, Frank, for taking the time to read and comment. Happy Tuesday :-)
@lorimcneeartist Hi, Lori! Thank you for reading and commenting! The 20% savings tip was something I discovered many years ago. Basically it takes the anxiety out of being self-employed. When the money is not "mingling" with the bank account used for expenses, etc., it's out of sight/out of mind.Recently I had a photographer deliver shots from a photo shoot in no. 10 envelope, folded over and taped because the flap wouldn't cover it. It was like he was thinking, "OK, I did the shot. Here. Bye!" Here's hoping we get another chance to hang IRL, Lori! It was nearly a year ago when we got together! I miss you!
Hugs/Cheers/Thanks again, Terri
Thanks @Coolshax, and thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment :-)