A Review – The Principles of Successful Freelancing

Dec
2
2008

The Principles of Successful Freelancing

Rating:
4

Being a freelancer is the new black.  It’s just a crazy fun loving world where nothing can go wrong. Well as a crusty old freelancer I can tell you that’s far from the truth.

Well Miles Burke in his new book The Principles of Successful Freelancing discusses just that.  Miles is no stranger to making the leap into world of freelancing having done it three times.

When I first picked up this book, I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical.   But I found this is a good book. It’s well written with an entertaining layback style all it’s own.  I can just imagine Miles sitting back in a cafe or coffee shop chatting about freelancing.  You could easily read this book on 4-5 hour plane flight.

This book is squarely aimed at the person who is considering getting into freelancing or has just started. It covers off all aspects of the freelancers life cycle, such as:

  • From starting out and a hard look at oneself, are you cut out to be a freelancer.
  • Preparing for the transition from regular work to freelancing, and all the things you really need to think about (but don’t).
  • Finances, making sure you really do stay in business and keep a positive cash flow.
  • Productivity, time tracking, getting into that productivity zone and not being distracted.
  • Selling, winning work and understanding how to sell. Something all freelances fear at some stage.
  • Customer service, or keeping the client, project management made simple, and dealing with difficult clients.
  • Lifestyle, work habits, life balance are discussed, this is huge area that I know freelancers cut corners on.
  • Expansion, life beyond freelancing, the final stepping stone on the way for a freelancer, be that back into employment, or expansion using outsourcing or your own staff.

You know what’s really good and annoying too (well for me) with this book; it is just full of all those tips and tricks that I  just wish some freelancing mentor had told me all those years ago in the previous century when I started freelancing.

I enjoyed this book to the point that I found myself nodding and smiling as Miles waxed on with another aspect of freelancing, pointing out the pitfalls along the way.  And sometimes I was wincing as I realised that after 14 years in the game I’ve still got a few things even I can improve on.

The one thing I didn’t like, and this was just me, is it was it had a few too many lists in places. It made me think I was checking off my freelancing skills all the time. But really that was a very minor point.

Overall, highly recommended, if you are a new freelancer,  or old one, or maybe just considering freelancing, get this book, read it.   Act on it, it’s a great reference source, then later on, reread it.

As Miles says:

Freelance life is hard. It can be very hard. Juggling projects with the rest of your life, as well as keeping the finances flowing so you can support yourself and any dependants, is a tricky skill to perfect, and not something everyone can handle.

But you know with this book, it’s now a little bit easier.

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3 comments

  1. […] Gary Barber, also known as Man with no Blog, has written an in-depth review, which includes this great statement; Overall, highly recommended, if you are an new freelancer or […]

  2. Thanks for the review, Gary. Most appreciated! Looking forward to hearing what other people think too.

  3. […] Gary Barber Miles takes a refreshingly pragmatic approach. He dives into the most critical principles of freelancing in a logical fashion. Bottom Line: This is the best book on freelancing. Period. […]

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