I recently was asked to speak at the 99U conference in New York City.
Expectedly, I talked about freelancing. But I wanted to focus on what it meant to freelance. What does it take to be a freelancer? What are so freelancers so successful, and others aren’t?
The definition of freelancing
Legally, being a freelancer just means being a gun for hire. It’s a legal distinction that implies you’re paid as an independent contractor, have very few rights or obligations afforded by your clients, and own your own business.
This article isn’t about what it means to legally freelance, but rather what it means to succeed as a freelancer.