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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Samuel Weber

Looking for an Instructional Designer/eLearning Developer (with LMS experience) in the Jersey NYC area. Would be happy to discuss rates and share the job description with interested parties offline.

Simply reply to this thread or you may send me a private message via the forum platform.

You may also email me at samueljweber@yahoo.com

-Sam

Jonathon Miller

Holly MacDonald said:

Helena - you need to have a "terms of reference" or "statement of work" which outlines what you are agreeing to and what they are agreeing to. I don't have any contractual items that I can share (most are drawn up by the client).

The things that I have seen sideline projects are:

  • Sketchy Analysis - make sure you find out if there are any technical restraints, so I like to include some kind of conversation with their tech folks/LMS administrator. If you are planning on having youtube videos and the org blocks access, that kind of thing. Or the company has IE std and you usually use Firefox, you want to know that up front.
  • Assumed Reporting requirements - if there are learner/course reports that are required find out up front what they are (actually that's a good way to frame most projects, compliance related or not).
  • SME misses review schedule which throws all of your downstream milestones off. Be vigilant in documentation with this when you can (reviews will be completed in xx days) and make it easy for them to complete the review. Also specify what you are looking for: content, spelling, instructional activity, etc.
  • Too many SME's want to sign off and you are developing a course by committee - specify who reviews and who signs off

I'm sure there are others, but those are the things that jump to my mind. Is that what you were looking for?

Hope that helps,

Holly


Might be late to the party here, but even in the world of a full time ID identifying who gets to review and who gets signoff is critically to keeping a project on track. And me keeping what little hair I have left.

Allen Venables

Hello all,

its my first time so please be gentle. I am looking for an Articualte freelancer to possibly create some training material for GFI WebMonitor. We have three requirements:

1. Whats new in GFI WebMonitor Partner Training

2. GFI WebMonitor Level 100 Partner Training and Quiz

3. GFI WebMonitor Level 200 Partner Training and Quiz

You can see examples of our existing material here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dn4mwjje21hfho9/AABWhl39vrJngeVR2y9W5JjRa

I am currently in the process of getting the new base material and scripts etc prepared.

Should you be interested in this project kindly ley me know:

1). Estimate of how long it would take to complete once you recieve all base material

2). Estimate of costs to complete the above

Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience

Kind regards

Allen

Senior Art Director

GFI Software

Christina Worrell

I am a current full time instructional designer with advanced experience with Articulate Studio and Storyline as well as Captivate. I am looking for contract elearning developer opportunities and would be willing to consider doing some pro bono work. Is there a forum or site that is a good resource for these types of opportunities? I already subscribe to this thread and the elearning jobs blog.

Cathlyn Haigh

Christina Worrell said:

I am a current full time instructional designer with advanced experience with Articulate Studio and Storyline as well as Captivate.  I am looking for contract elearning developer opportunities and would be willing to consider doing some pro bono work. Is there a forum or site that is a good resource for these types of opportunities?  I already subscribe to this thread and the elearning jobs blog.


Christina - you can go to myROCUSA.org and register as a guest to view our on-line community center and training modules. I can let our administrator know you are interested - just say the word, and thank you for your interest.

The RFP explains the project in detail.

How do I contact you outside of this site?

Cathy

Bruce Graham

A few thoughts on a technique that you might want to use to bring company departments a little closer together when you are creating "process" or even "compliance" courses - http://wp.me/p13NYZ-6c

On a "freelancer" level - it's also one of those things that can get you more exposure across the business, and help you claw your way up the "value chain" rather than just staying at "supplier" level.

Daniel Brigham

Christina Worrell said:

I am a current full time instructional designer with advanced experience with Articulate Studio and Storyline as well as Captivate. I am looking for contract elearning developer opportunities and would be willing to consider doing some pro bono work. Is there a forum or site that is a good resource for these types of opportunities? I already subscribe to this thread and the elearning jobs blog.


Hi, Christina: I've found the best way to get work is to share: help people out on this thread and the forum at large; create short presentations/blog posts/screencasts you think would help fellow e-learning pros improve. And of course, post stuff you've done.

If you are interested in what the people on this thread (most notably Bruce Graham, Holly MacDonald, Sheila Cole-Bulthuis, Jerson Campos, Kevin Thorn et al) say about freelancing, I created a recap in the form of four short articles on the Articulate blog. Here is the first one: 5 tips to launch your career as a freelancer

Hope to see you around. --Daniel

Dana King

Hello all - at the suggestion of one of the moderators I am posting my request for a local SME in a couple of additional threads/forums.

I am a consultant with Del Taco. We are using PeopleMatter and Storyline to develop eLearning content and we need a local (to Southern California) SME as a longer term resource. We are working with a third party vendor in the short term for our initial training/guidance and roll out but really want someone local for a long term business relationship.

If you are that SME, please contact me at dking@deltaco.com.

Thanks!

Dana

Julie Stelter

Happy Friday,

I'm looking for an instructional designer based in San Francisco. We will be using Storyline 2 to design and develop the eCourse. Please respond to me with your interest. Looking for someone who can commit about 10 hours per week and can start immediately.

Please respond to me at julie@waldengroup.net.

Thanks, Julie

Julie Stelter

I'm looking for a freelance instructional designer who can meet in-person with the SME. He is based in San Francisco. The project is about mediation and uses a mixture of video and text. We'll use Storyline 2 to develop. I'm looking for someone who can distill large amounts of information and keep another busy professional on track. The work will take place between now and February. We probably need 10-15 hours per week. Please contact me directly at julie@waldengroup.net

Cheers, Julie

Robert Shternberg

Hi all,

We're looking for experienced e-Learning developers with a great grasp of Articulate Storyline for an upcoming project and it looks like I might be looking in the right place. Our company Via, Inc. is located in Portland, OR and local candidates are preferred but if you're on the west coast we'd still hope to hear from you. Work would be on a contract basis until at least the end of the year and will be 10-40 hours/week based on availability.

Feel free to shoot me a message on here if you're interested and we can discuss further.

Best,

Bobby