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A beginner’s guide to freelancing

A beginner’s guide to freelancing
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    As a freelancer, you virtually are everyone in a company. You are your own boss, your own marketing department, your own accounts department, your own project manager, your own legal department etc. The scope will be smaller compared to a corporate, but your scope of knowledge is much wider and many stuff to learn.

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    Phil Gyford gives you a head start with an article called A beginner’s guide to freelancing. He hands you his experience from what he learned during his year of freelancing – and those are pretty solid information – for instance about legal:

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    Should you expect a contract when you begin a project? I can only say that I’ve done a lot of work for clients with nothing more than a verbal agreement and I’ve never had a dispute over payment from either side. I may have been extraordinarily lucky, and a large number of my clients have been people I already know or are friends of friends. If I was working for an individual I had no connection to I’d probably be more keen on getting something in writing, but I’d be less worried with a reputable company I didn’t know (they’re less likely to disappear overnight).

    Larger companies will often provide a contract, although they vary in their efficiency at getting it ready, which can be a problem if you’re both otherwise ready to start work. One large company I’ve worked for sometimes ends up providing lengthy contracts for me to sign after all the work has been completed, such is the bureaucracy.

    Some of them are UK related, but most of them should be applicable to all freelancers.

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    Do you have any tips from your freelancing life? Add them to LifeHack How-to Wiki – Work from Home and new section Freelancing.

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    A beginner’s guide to freelancing – [Phil Gyford]

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    Last Updated on June 26, 2019

    Why Your Perception Is Your Reality

    Why Your Perception Is Your Reality

    Take a minute to scan your surroundings. Are you in a familiar place or somewhere new? Stop reading this, and just look around you.

    Pick out an object, maybe something you hadn’t noticed before, and focus your attention on it.

    If you really focus, it’ll get brighter and more “real” than it was when it was just an unnoticed piece of the background noise of your life.

    Now, try to view your surroundings from the point of the object. Some people can do this with no effort, and for others, it takes some concentration. Depending on how adept you are at focusing your concentration, you may notice a slight shift in your perception – a weird jump in realty, where you are suddenly viewing the world from a different perspective.

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    Did it work?

    Whether you noticed anything or not, your perception did change, albeit for an instant. It’s important to be conscious of your perception, because if you’re not, someone else will create it for you.

    “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein

    Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

    Marketers and magicians rely on this fact to make you see things – the way they want you to see them. Artists do too.

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    You may have seen Julian Beever’s amazing pavement drawings. He utilizes the Trompe l’oeil technique,[1] which means “trick the eye” in French. He uses his drawing stills to create a perception.

    Like an optical illusion, our mind attempts to fill in the details of something — it either thinks it already knows, or doesn’t quite understand. This works out fine, when that’s the intention – momentarily letting our world be shaped for fun.

    But wandering through life, letting others create your perceptions, can make for a very unfulfilling life.

    Change Your Story, Change Your Perception, Change Your Life

    “Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.” – Douglas Adams

    We all get caught up in our stories. Most of us think we are our stories. It’s when those stories take on a life of their own, and that life isn’t the one we want, that things start to suck.

    Think about the story you’re living right now. Who wrote it? Did you consciously decide to create the reality you’re living now, or was it mainly shaped by your parents, friends, spouse, school, or the media?

    If you don’t like the story you’re living, then change the perception. Envision how you’d write the next chapter of your story. Better yet, actually sit down and write it.

    Focus your perception on creating a new reality, one where you are in charge of the story. Take back the job as screenwriter and director, and stop just being an actor.

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    Everything begins with a decision – decide now to be in charge of your own perception of reality. Because if you don’t, there are plenty of folks whose sole purpose in life is to craft that perception for you. Do you trust them to have your best interest in mind?

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    Reference

    [1] Artist Network: Fooling Around With Trompe l’Oeil

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