Today just happens to be sandwiched between two important dates in my calendar.
First, my birthday is Saturday, April 9 — I’ll be 31.
If you’re not familiar, Archer is an animated comedy series intended for mature audiences… it’s tasteless, profane, and offensive — but it’s also witty and hilarious. And I love it.
Looking back on the first six seasons of Archer, I realize now that the cast was trying to share some really valuable lessons with us on freelancing.
So I decided to have a bit of fun with my blog post today… faster than you can say danger zone or just the tip, I present to you 11 things Sterling Archer — and friends — taught us about freelancing.
(1) You can ditch the 9-to-5 and leave your co-workers behind…
I mean, let’s be honest… it’s not like you’ll miss them anyway, right?
(2) …even if “society” tells you that self-employment can be risky.
Besides, what do they know, anyway?
According to one recent study,
About 60 percent of those freelancers [surveyed] said they earned more money from freelancing than from a traditional job they left.
(3) Besides, you’ve never been afraid to take a calculated risk, have you?
(4) But when you’re brand new to freelancing, you’re going to need to make some noise…
Don’t be afraid to turn some heads. Everyone starts somewhere, so don’t be shy…
(5) Set goals to keep yourself motivated.
The early days can be long and hard — phrasing! — so find a reason to go the extra mile.
(6) Let excellence be the signature you leave on every job you do.
Go above and beyond for your first clients — even if you’re working pro bono at first to gain portfolio samples.
(7) Just remember, you are the boss…
Don’t be afraid to say no to a prospective client if you don’t have time to do their job, or if their job will consume more time than it’s worth.
(8) …after all, you need to prioritize.
Focus first on income-generating activities, and let everything else come second.
(9) Find a mentor if you need to.
The internet made the world a much smaller place. If you need coaching or mentoring, there are plenty of freelancers available to help.
(10) Embrace a career without physical boundaries.
Your first clients don’t have to be in your own backyard… thanks to the power of the internet, you can serve small businesses from anywhere in the world.
You might even learn a thing or two about other cultures while you’re at it…
(11) Just don’t be afraid of a little competition, okay?
You don’t need to be an expert to get started — you simply need to offer something of value to prospective clients. Something they either can’t do themselves, or simply don’t have the time to do.
So if you’re ready to start freelancing, allow me to assist…
Oh, and by the way, are you a fan of Archer?
Did I miss one of your favorite quotes or scenes?
Let me know the comments below.