Here is a bank of resource templates available if you are a newbie freelance, particularly an editor or proofreader. Feel free to adapt them for your own needs.
Here are my #TallTartanTips for edibuddies shared weekly on LinkedIn.
They are a handy reminders I have picked up in social media land about how to do marketing when running your own business. Also think of them as mantras to maintain a positive mindset.
✔ Feel the fear and do it anyway.
✔ Like, comment, and engage with connections on social media.
✔ ‘Follow’ useful connections on LinkedIn, who might know others in industries you have an interest in, who could help with work.
✔ Plan content for social media; have a strategy.
✔ The 3Ps: patience, perseverance, persistence.
✔ Share T&Cs with clients. Have a contract or email agreement to protect yourself.
✔ Know your worth when quoting a price. Don’t ‘race to the bottom’ for just any job. It lowers your value and those of others who are competing with you.
✔ Look out for yourself and your mental health. Ensure a work/life/social media balance. Get some fresh air. (Edited in June 2019: #StetWalk and variations have started.)
✔ Think of yourself as a business owner, not just freelance. It will change your mindset.
✔Feel safe to ask questions. If it is the client of the customer, is the brief clear, are there any misunderstandings? Don’t be shy to ask questions. If you are a fellow edibuddy who wants advice, email is a safe space.
✔ Put aside some time each week to explicitly learn some CPD, or read those notes from a course attended last term … A half day should do it – Monday morning or Friday afternoon is good for me when I am either planning my week ahead, or reviewing how my week has gone.
✔ Make time for resources: listen to the ‘The Editing Podcast’ by Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby. The second series is out now (July 2019).
✔Invest money in resources: you need to speculate to accumulate, e.g. buy a subscription to PerfectIt by www.intelligentediting.com
Also, I include links to other SfEP resources which I have found invaluable as a freelance. If you are not a member, sign up! It’s an investment in your career.
(Credit: SfEP website. Plus all of the above are recommended by many SfEP members.)