Great Advice for IT and Web Design Freelancers

According to Quora, “The term freelance (noun) was coined by Sir Walter Scott in Ivanhoe (1820). It literally stands for a free lance, signifying a medieval mercenary whose lance is currently not engaged in war and therefore free for being dispatched.”  So if you are a freelancer, you are sort of a hired gun, like Richard Boone was as Paladin in the 1957-1963 TV series Have Gun – Will Travel.  If you are a freelancer, this post is for you.

I occasionally attend meetings of the MSP WordPress Users Group.  I developed this site using WordPress, and very occasionally develop WordPress sites for others.  I also have a strong specialization in WordPress security.  So now and again if the topic is appealing, I will go to a meeting.  I wish I had gone to the last one.

Toby Cryns was the presenter and the topic was “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Freelancing Biz.”  He was generous enough to share his notes with the group, and I took a look.  Then I read the entire post top to bottom, including a couple of side trips to other linked articles.

Here are a handful of his ideas:

  • Get clear about why you work.
  • Use email intentionally
  • Don’t respond to RFPs (That’s right – No more RFPs)
  • Convert an existing service into a product
  • Get clear about whether you are an artist, architect, or craftsperson
  • Outsource something significant
  • Be brave. Take risks, Get fired.
  • What makes you unique?

If you are running or contemplating starting an independent freelance business as an IT support professional, cybersecurity practitioner, web designer, web developer, or SEO or social media marketing guru, this should be a must read for you.  I hope you enjoy it and get as much out of it as I did.


About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.

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