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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Dennis Hall

Hi All:

So I've finally cut ties with "The Man" and am now starting to freelance.

If anyone knows of a graphic artist interested in commission based work, will be selling learning templates (not just eLearning) and am interested in a business relationship with a graphics artist who can see a future in this type relationship.

Also, if anyone has an overflow of development work, LMs development and support, I'm always interested web development work to.

Best Regards,

Dennis Hall

Bruce Graham

I was not sure whether to post this, and I am NOT looking for a "pity party", but here goes...


One of the fabulous benefits of being a freelancer is being able to work as and when you please, as and when suits your own personal circumstances. Sometimes, it is a lonely life, but this forum can be a whole heap of strength.


One thing that some of my closest network are aware of is that working from myself, from home, has allowed me to always be there for my wife, who lived with cancer for almost exactly 3 years, until Friday May 1st 2015, when peacefully, she died. I have been there to wash, cook, comfort and chauffeur her as and when needed, working around her needs.


It is sometimes hard enough being alone in your life, when your partner fails, but being a one-person freelancer can also be VERY lonely. Not everyone will, or could make it in this profession. To add to that, sometimes, the work you have to take on can be hard. I have just completed the first in a very large and lucrative series of courses for a medical research company. While Gwen was in here final 10 days of life, I was completing a course on a new cancer treatment drug.


Oh the irony...but as someone said...perhaps THAT course will help someone else in the future, and she was, in her own gorgeous way, part of that story.


All I wanted was to thank this community for the support, the love, the fun, the PMs and sometimes, when the clouds were  gathering, the inspiration to continue. My clients have all been wonderful, and have offered me support in ways that I could not have expected. Remember - being a freelancer is all about relationships, those with your family, your peers, and your clients. It's about being a great person, who can find ways to make other people get benefits. If they like you, they will like what you do.


I am going to sign off now, and may take a break from here for a while. I am tired, and need to find some new direction after having such a huge part of my life taken, so early, and with so much pain.


Take care folks, and see you some time.

 

Jenise Cook (RidgeViewMedia.com)

Bruce,

My heartfelt and sincerest sympathies on the loss of your beloved Gwen. You were her champion, her Sir Bruce, her best friend.

The grief you're experiencing is tremendous, and no words of mine can ease your pain. 

However, I want you to know you constantly inspired me ever since Presenter (version 5?) when I first joined the Forums. Your wit, British humour, and terrific e-learning samples, tips, and tricks, helped me grow professionally.

When I went freelance in 2008, like you, to be more present for the ones I loved, you mentored me through your public posts on the freelancing topic.

I don't think I ever told you, so knowing that life is short, I appreciate your post today as it has spurred me to tell you, my colleague across The Pond, that I appreciate you soooooo MUCH, Bruce, and my tear-filled eyes can barely see these words.

You have been a big part of my professional life, especially in the pre-Storyline years when this Forum was filled with fun, and oft times very snarky, posts. Especially your exchanges with David A. (I miss those years.) You always brought a chuckle to my work days.

You mean the world to so many, here, Bruce, and it's appropriate to share your loss with us. We are a Community, after all. Mark and I are grieving with you.

With deep, deep sorrow and tears,

@jenisecook

Jenise Cook (RidgeViewMedia.com)

Bruce,

My heartfelt and sincerest sympathies on the loss of your beloved Gwen. You were her champion, her Sir Bruce, her best friend.

The grief you're experiencing is tremendous, and no words of mine can ease your pain. 

However, I want you to know you constantly inspired me ever since Presenter (version 5?) when I first joined the Forums. Your wit, British humour, and terrific e-learning samples, tips, and tricks, helped me grow professionally.

When I went freelance in 2008, like you, to be more present for the ones I loved, you mentored me through your public posts on the freelancing topic.

I don't think I ever told you, so knowing that life is short, I appreciate your post today as it has spurred me to tell you, my colleague across The Pond, that I appreciate you soooooo MUCH, Bruce, and my tear-filled eyes can barely see these words.

You have been a big part of my professional life, especially in the pre-Storyline years when this Forum was filled with fun, and oft times very snarky, posts. Especially your exchanges with David A. (I miss those years.) You always brought a chuckle to my work days.

You mean the world to so many, here, Bruce, and it's appropriate to share your loss with us. We are a Community, after all. Mark and I are grieving with you.

With deep, deep sorrow and tears,

@jenisecook