We’re continuing our series on freelance writers today with an interview with Robert Medak. He’s been freelancing for seven years, and says that “Freelancers are entrepreneurs and should have an entrepreneurial mind set.”
Enjoy this interview.
Many freelancers today work for clients and also supplement that with their own blogs and books. What’s your approach to maintaining a successful freelance career?
I search out clients, am active in social media, blog, and am working on my first book, “Taming the Freelance Market.”
Sounds like your book will be a good one for freelancers. Let’s talk about getting new clients. In your opinion, what’s the best way to find new clients as a freelancer?
This depends on your comfort zone of the freelancer. The best way is to market yourself the way you’re comfortable with without being spammy.
Do you have a favorite book about writing or small business that has helped you?
I’ve read so many that make unrealistic claims that I tend to shy away from books, and Gurus. Everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way, some visual, some audible, some by reading. The point is to work on being a freelancer daily. Practice does improve, perfect is a myth, because there is always room to improve.
What’s your best advice for someone who wants to start freelancing today?
Expect hard work, little money, and a large learning curve. The idea that you can become rich freelancing is not normal unless you are already established and can charge premium for projects.
Anything you’d like to add?
When first starting out as a freelancer, expect about 90% of your time spent in looking for work and marketing your freelancing product or service.
There are also licenses, permits, taxes, bookkeeping, and record keeping that is or may be required to be a freelancer from home or a small storefront. You will need business insurance, and possibly work as an LLC, or Corporation that only an attorney can speak about for the type of freelancing your wish to do.
Where can we find you online?
My Web presence, which is always changing http://xeeme.com/