Looking for help in crossing over to freelance
Hello folks. I've been an instructional designer for seven years and six of that I have used Articulate products in my work. Currently I am not working and spent several months off due to health reasons but I am ready to get back to work now that I have a clean bill of health again. I am really leaning towards becoming a freelance designer rather than going back to am employer for several reasons: 1) I live in the South suburbs of Chicago and most of the work is located In the North and NW suburbs (at least 60 mile drive each way) which is a long hard drive, and 2) I prefer to be closer to home with some flexibility to my time because I have a son with ASD and being closer to him would help out my family tremendously. I really could use some help finding out what steps I would need to take to become a contractor. I'm really quite ignorant as to what I would need for say setting up a proposal, figuring out a rate, etc. Does someone know where I could find a good "How-to" web page or blog? Would someone be willing to walk me through what I need? I realize I am asking for much but I am determined to look for another option other than the 9 to 5 routine which just does not work work for me and my family. Your feedback would be most welcome!