So You Want To Start Your Own Business

So You Want To Start Your Own Business: The Catch 22 of Free Wednesday March 2, 2011

Ah yes, I’m finally back with my So You Want To Start Your Own Business series. This time I’m talking about The Catch 22 of Free.

And while I do get into a bit more detail about my philosophy on working for free when you’re starting out in the VBlog, there are numerous good and bad things about the concept.

Over my time, I’ve had the chance to work on some fun and exciting projects with people for free and I probably wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. But as I mention, I do believe that it is a better option to find a project, a cause or idea that you are personally passionate or invested in – rather than to offer _free work for another person’s idea_.

Generally, and this experience isn’t universal, but the promises you receive from others never tend to pan out. What I have found is that a project you are personally vested in will be more beneficial in the future and your career.

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So You Want To Start Your Own Business: Top 5 Freelancer Start-up Tips Monday October 11, 2010

As promised, I’m going to start something a bit new on the old c.t.overdrive.

So, welcome to a new series of Video Blogs called So You Want To Start Your Own Business. It’s a continuation of the discussions I’ve been involved with since partaking in the Leave Your Job, Start An Agency panel last March. Over the past few months, I’ve been asked numerous times to share some of my thoughts on how to get started as a freelancer. So over the next little while I’m going to address them in a series of video blogs.

The first one, is my Top 5 Freelancer Start-up Tips. You’ll also find links to all the sites I mention in the video clip.

… So here’s a quick synopsis for those interested.

  1. Get some low-cost Branding.
  2. Get organized by using some of the great online tools out there.
  3. Pay for all of your tools. Invest in your career.
  4. Start Networking early and often.
  5. Read, Read, Read and read even more.

Update: Comments are now open on this post. I blame textpattern on that one.

If you have any topic suggestions or ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments.

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