I recently had a lovely conversation with Dr. Luke Hobson for his podcast. We talked about everything freelance: knowing when to start, time tracking, finding clients, creating an LLC, pricing projects, making sure clients are the right fit, and more.
Listen to the podcast
You can listen to the podcast here. If the player doesn’t appear below, try listening on Luke’s website. You can also find it wherever you listen to podcasts; it’s episode 57.
Questions answered about everything freelance
Luke had a great list of questions on some common and important topics for instructional design and elearning freelancers.
- How did you become an instructional designer?
- After working both corporate and higher ed, what made you leave that and become a freelancer?
- How do you know if you’re ready for freelancing?
- Do you need an LLC to get started?
- How do you find clients? Should you use sites like Fiverr and Upwork?
- What do you look for in clients?
- How do you create agreements that provide flexibility and security?
- How do you determine pricing?
- What systems do you use to get feedback, troubleshoot, or hash out ideas when you’re a one-person company?
Transcript and show notes
You can read the automatic transcript and show notes on Luke’s website. All of the links and resources I mentioned in the interview are also available there.
More interviews and resources
In particular, check out these podcasts:
- Interview on freelancing and consulting with Kristin Anthony. This was 4 years ago, so some things have changed. That interview was part of a series of episodes on freelancing.
- How I became an ID with Dr. Robin Sargent. This interview was more generally about how I transitioned from teaching to ID and gained recognition in the field, rather than specifically about freelancing, but will be helpful to those new to the field.
On my ID careers page, I list a number of past posts about consulting, freelancing, and remote work.