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1st Edition

Creating a Freelance Career

ISBN 9781138605787
Published September 18, 2018 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Creating a Freelance Career covers everything anyone needs to know about becoming a freelance writer, graphic designer, copy editor, artist, musician or any other creative occupation. It includes chapters on how to get started with your career and where to look for work, how to write pitch or query letters, how to work with contract employers, and how to build and sustain your business. Lingo necessary for successfully navigating the freelance world is defined throughout. Author Jill L. Ferguson, an experienced freelance professional and educator, guides you through finding success in the gig economy, discussing how to pursue freelancing with an entrepreneurial spirit. Creating a Freelance Career includes examples of what to do, and what not to do, when pursuing freelance projects, and includes perspectives from additional real-life professionals who have found success in their fields.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Chapter One: What It Means to Freelance (Or Jumping In With Your Eyes Wide Open)
Chapter Two: Making Contact and Getting Work
Chapter Three: What to Expect from Your Contract Employer (And What They Should Expect from You)
Chapter Four: How to Build Your Business and Your Brand
Chapter Five: Sustaining and Expanding Your Business
Chapter Six: So You Want to Write a Book or Publish Other Content?
Chapter Seven: Resources to Rock Your Freelance Career

Appendix A

Author Bio

Contributor’s Bios


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Jill L. Ferguson is the former chief of staff of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior Commission; the former department chair of General Education, assessment coordinator, and a professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; and a senior lecturer in the School of Business and Management at Notre Dame de Namur University. Jill  has been a freelancer writer since she was first published at age 12. She is an award-winning writer, an artist, a business and higher education consultant, and a serial entrepreneur. She is the author of eight books and has written for the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Sierra Club Magazine, and more than 200 other magazines, newspapers, and websites.