Those who are about to freelance …

One way or the other there will probably be lots of us out of a job in the not so distant future. Those taking the resume writing class may hope for a new job, but a few may opt to try and carry on as freelancers. In light of that here is some advice from Poynter’s “Ask the Recruiter” (aka the ever hopeful Joe Grimm).

  1. Line up a temporary job. Check with craigslist, Kelly services, anything. The point is to have a check you can depend on so you can control cash flow.
  2. Create a website (if you haven’t already), or a blog that has a bio and links to your writing. Use it as an online resume. You can also do the same with linkedin.com if you wish.
  3. Send a group email to all your contacts before you make the jump. (I recommend about 3 months, if you can do it that far in advance.) Tell them you’ll be freelancing full time and are looking for assignments.
  4. Of course, create a business plan. Check with the Small Business Administration, or the Service Corps of Retired Executives for help. (In fact, do this first!!!)
  5. Line up assignments that will have you working for about two to three months. That way, you won’t have time to sit around the house and worry.
  6. While you’re working on your assignments, send out feelers for others. Always think at least 3 months ahead.

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