Freelance Heroes

Hi, and welcome to the "Freelance Heroes" thread, a place where Articulate Freelancers help each other. Got a question about freelancing? Or perhaps you have an e-learning asset that may be valuable to those "doin' their own thing"? This is the place to share--to give.

To start things off, I'd like to share a short list of questions that help me figure out what kind of training a potential client wants. (So often they have no idea what they want.) The list is far from exhaustive, but may be of some help. Looking forward to meeting you. --Daniel  

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Jeff Fuqua

Bruce Graham said:

Chaps and Chapesses.....

I would think that if Articulate were ever looking at completely revamping the Community website, then that would be the ideal time to break this thread up into manageable chunks.

Perhaps:
Freelance Business Heroes

Freelance Resources Heroes

Freelance Legal Heroes

Freelance Instructional Design Heroes.

All we need to do it wait until the site rework is ready to go live...........

Bruce


As a newbie who has just finished reading all 26 pages, I agree. There's enough topics just in this one thread to be the basis of an entire message board.

I produce xenForo message boards as a hobby and would be willing to discuss with anyone(s) interested in starting one. The problem is that I don't think any of this awesome content could be moved to a new board. If this were a xenForo forum, it would have the ability to easy do that within the forum itself.

Big thanks to all participants as this has been very informative to someone looking to learn about this business.

Jeff Fuqua

Hey all,

If this type of intro/self-spam thing isn't allowed, my apologies.

I wanted to introduce myself as a 51-year old career graphic/web designer with about 15 years of teaching at the college level in the mix. With my time in the classroom ending, I'm looking to find a way to merge my passion for design and teaching which leads me here.

I've been freelancing for about 23 years. I started out in traditional print design which eventually led to web design. In the mix is some illustration and message board development. I started teaching design on the side at a local college which evolved to becoming the department chair (which meant curriculum/course development) for eight years. 

I'm very attracted to eLearning Development/Instructional Design though know nothing of Articulate or any of the other software programs involved. I plan on developing a short course, learning the software, and seeing if this might be a good fit for me.

This thread has been awesome. I've been creeping on many of your sites today.

I wanted to make my services available to anyone who might need print/web/illustration services. Some of my work is at my website you can see from my profile. Also, I'm thinking about how a message board might be incorporated into eLearning. I see the potential of in-depth Q&A, discussion, etc. being something which would take training even more in-depth. Maybe that already exists at some level but am happy to discuss that with anyone interested.

I look forward to getting to know everyone.

Daniel Brigham

Jeff Fuqua said:

Hey all,

If this type of intro/self-spam thing isn't allowed, my apologies.

I wanted to introduce myself as a 51-year old career graphic/web designer with about 15 years of teaching at the college level in the mix. With my time in the classroom ending, I'm looking to find a way to merge my passion for design and teaching which leads me here.

I've been freelancing for about 23 years. I started out in traditional print design which eventually led to web design. In the mix is some illustration and message board development. I started teaching design on the side at a local college which evolved to becoming the department chair (which meant curriculum/course development) for eight years. 

I'm very attracted to eLearning Development/Instructional Design though know nothing of Articulate or any of the other software programs involved. I plan on developing a short course, learning the software, and seeing if this might be a good fit for me.

This thread has been awesome. I've been creeping on many of your sites today.

I wanted to make my services available to anyone who might need print/web/illustration services. Some of my work is at my website you can see from my profile. Also, I'm thinking about how a message board might be incorporated into eLearning. I see the potential of in-depth Q&A, discussion, etc. being something which would take training even more in-depth. Maybe that already exists at some level but am happy to discuss that with anyone interested.

I look forward to getting to know everyone.

Glad you found the thread of value, Jeff, and good to see you again. --Daniel
Daniel Brigham

Hi, all: Looking for advice from those of you who have exit clauses in your contracts--you know, for those situations in which the project goes suddenly "pear-shaped," in the words of Bruce Graham.

Two questions, if you don't mind:

1. What does your exit clause say? (you know, the general gist) Do you state possible reasons for cancelling the contract?

2. When have you had to use it?

Thanks so much. --Daniel

Sheila Bulthuis

Hey, Daniel -

I have a couple of things in my agreements related to this. (Of course, I'm not claiming to be an attorney or giving legal advice, just sharing what I do!)  One is a "Term of Agreement" clause - basically saying "this agreement and its terms are effective from this date to that date."  Once we get to "that date," we no longer have a contract.  This is(more applicable to ongoing, hourly work than a fixed fee project.

Perhaps most specific to your question, I also have a "Termination" clause that says either party can terminate the agreement if the other party isn't meeting its obligations, and we can mutually agree to terminate the contract at any time.  The mutual agreement part kind of leaves it open to just say to the client "I don't think this is working out well for either of us, can we agree to go our separate ways?"  Although of course they may say no.

Hopefully you're just asking out of idle curiosity, and not because you've got a pear-shaped project on your hands...

Sheila Bulthuis

Hi, fellow freelancers -

I just came across this and thought it was a worthwhile read - it's not anything startlingly new, but good reminders for those who are seasoned and a great starting point for those who are new to (or thinking about becoming) self-employed. It's specifically about web design, but the concepts definitely apply to us!

http://freelanceswitch.com/freelance-web-development/website-project-earnings/

Jim Diehm

Hello!  I hope this is an appropriate section to post this information, if it is not, please re-direct me.  Our company is working on a Storyline course and our freelance developer has decided to move to a different project.  So we are without an experienced developer.  We are located in Columbus, OH.  If anyone knows of a developer who just happens to be between projects, please pass my contact information along.  

Thanks for your help.  

Daniel Brigham

Sheila Cole-Bulthuis said:

Hey, Daniel -

I have a couple of things in my agreements related to this. (Of course, I'm not claiming to be an attorney or giving legal advice, just sharing what I do!)  One is a "Term of Agreement" clause - basically saying "this agreement and its terms are effective from this date to that date."  Once we get to "that date," we no longer have a contract.  This is(more applicable to ongoing, hourly work than a fixed fee project.

Perhaps most specific to your question, I also have a "Termination" clause that says either party can terminate the agreement if the other party isn't meeting its obligations, and we can mutually agree to terminate the contract at any time.  The mutual agreement part kind of leaves it open to just say to the client "I don't think this is working out well for either of us, can we agree to go our separate ways?"  Although of course they may say no.

Hopefully you're just asking out of idle curiosity, and not because you've got a pear-shaped project on your hands...

Thanks, Sheila: We like to think we can always make the client happy, but it ain't always possible. I need to create some stronger exit clause language. Unhappy clients have a way of killing your vocational mojo, if you know what I mean.--Daniel
Joanne Sepich

Hi All!

I'm looking for a Freelance Storyline Designer/Programmer tobuild a pilot e-learning course.

Estimatedat 20 hours for the pilot; more courses in 2014.

Thecourse is targeted at youth age 16-22 and aims to show them how to buy a car.The course will offer simulations, polls, activities, and quizzes, plus linking toarticles, resources, videos, and a test.

Lookingfor an imaginative individual able to engage young adults.

Please let me know if you're interested. I'd love to see some of your projects.

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Bruce Graham

Apropos of absolutely nothing...

When you meet a prospective client, and you are in a competitive situation, do not be scared to ask them "Are you able to tell me who I am up against?"

I have asked this twice in 2 days now, and on both occasions they have offered enough information that has allowed me to put in a mildly disruptive sell, and (hopefully - by the signs...), win both pieces.

The worst that can happen is they say "No".

Daniel Brigham

Hi, everyone: As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am recapping the major discussions that have happened on this thread. The first article in the four-article series is now on the Articulate Word of Mouth blog, and has to do with preparing to launch your freelancing career. Thanks to everyone who has participated in these discussions over the last year and a half. Hope you enjoy. --Daniel