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TheSavvyFreelancer.com is a blog created to provide resources on how to freelance. What – or who – is a savvy freelancer?
A savvy freelancer is somebody who is not only skilled in his or her field, but is also a savvy entrepreneur. Savvy freelancers:
- position themselves in a way that gives them an edge over competitors
- invest in themselves, continually honing their skills and gaining new ones
- have a clear idea of their target clients
- use the Internet, web 2.0 and social media to market their services
- are comfortable marketing themselves online and offline
- know how to leverage the expertise of others to produce work they could not accomplish alone
- have multiple streams of income so they’re not trading hours for dollars
- treat freelancing as a business rather than a job they do at home, or something to fill in their time in between jobs
In other words, savvy freelancers enjoy the freedom to do only the work they love to sustain the lifestyle they desire! It takes time and effort to reach this state.
TheSavvyFreelancer.com exists to provide the resources, guidance and support freelancers need so they can attain wealth and freedom.
I’m Adam Palmer. I started freelancing out of my bedroom at university when I stumbled upon “RentACoder” (which then became vWorker, which then became Freelancer.com). I realized that I could earn $20/hr writing code, rather than having to work student bar jobs. At $20/hr, I was rich! I was earning significantly more than my peers and learning at the same time.
I slowly grew my freelancing business, and diversified from basic web programming to more advanced applications, networking, system administration and security. After a few years I had taken on 6 staff and was making multiple six figures per year. I launched a couple of services along the way – a couple successful and more than a couple complete failures. The one thing I heard over and over in my network of friends and colleagues was, “I wish I knew how to freelance but I don’t know anything that anyone would pay me for”
I now spend part of my time on my consulting business, and the other part helping freelancers to grow their businesses, win more clients and earn more money.