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Going Solo - The Survival Guide for Freelance SEOs (Present & Future) | brightonSEO Oct 2020

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On Friday 2nd October 2020, I gave a talk at brightonSEO Oct 2020, which was held online instead of in-person (a first for the conference, which was done due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic and lockdown).

The talk gave advice to aspiring, new and established freelancing, covering topics such as the pros and cons of freelancing, what you should do to prepare going into freelancing, how to do networking and sales, and much more. There's also community, podcast and book recommendations near the end.

Links to bonus content:

https://anti-sell.com/blog/seo-freelancers-give-advice-on-freelancing-brightonseo-october-2020/

https://anti-sell.com/blog/how-to-get-seo-clients-non-salesy/

Original talk description:

More and more people are getting into freelancing – whether as a side-income alongside their day job at an agency or in-house, or as their dedicated full-time income. Freelance life is amazing, but it can also be very challenging. Whether you’re considering going freelance, have only just started out, or have been in the game for a while, this talk will give guidance on how/when to ‘take the plunge’ and how to prepare for it, doing sales & networking, the business side of things, how to keep sane and involved in the industry, growing into an agency, and more. While mostly focussing on SEO freelancing, the tips and advice will apply to all industries. so there will be something to take away for all. Steve has been freelancing in the SEO industry since 2013, and has been asking other SEO freelancers for their pearls of wisdom, to make it as relevant and useful as possible.

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Going Solo - The Survival Guide for Freelance SEOs (Present & Future) | brightonSEO Oct 2020

  1. 1. Steve Morgan Freelance SEO Consultant Author of Anti-Sell Going Solo The Survival Guide for Freelance SEOs (Present & Future)
  2. 2. @steviephil #brightonSEO The ‘About Me’ Slide! ▪ SEO = 11+ years ▪ Freelancing = 7+ years ▪ SEOno & Anti-Sell.com ▪ Cardiff SEO Meet ▪ Author of Anti-Sell Needs longer hair…
  3. 3. @steviephil #brightonSEO The Pros of Freelancing ▪ Be your own boss! Flexibility! Freedom! ▪ Choose your work/projects/clients ▪ More money (potentially)
  4. 4. @steviephil #brightonSEO The… Not-So-Pros of Freelancing ▪ Erratic, irregular income ▪ Lonely / lacking camaraderie ▪ You have to do more than just SEO: sales, finance, admin, etc… ▪ Hard to take time off (e.g. holiday days)
  5. 5. @steviephil #brightonSEO ▪ Try to have ‘safety net’ savings by (3-6 months) ▪ Try to get a head-start on marketing yourself: ▪ Social media – Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. ▪ Website / landing page ▪ Networking Before Going Freelance…
  6. 6. @steviephil #brightonSEO Before Going Freelance… ▪ Try to have some work secured before the leap ▪ Dabble part-time first (evenings/weekends) ▪ Go full-time when you have enough work on ▪ If going freelance from an agency (and working with an old agency client), check your contract! ▪ Some agencies have ‘poaching’ clauses
  7. 7. @steviephil #brightonSEO ▪ All-round SEO …or ▪ Technical SEO specialist …or ▪ SEO for the financial services sector …or ▪ Technical SEO for financial services Going Niche
  8. 8. @steviephil #brightonSEO Sales & Networking ▪ This first tip is bloody important: Business networking ≠ Business networking events
  9. 9. @steviephil #brightonSEO Sales & Networking ▪ Other (actual) tips: ▪ Go to non-SEO events! (Sorry Kelvin) ▪ Facebook groups! ▪ Twitter chats! ▪ Try out coworking spaces! ▪ Run your own [podcast / event / whatever] ▪ Self-promotion is not a dirty word
  10. 10. @steviephil #brightonSEO The ‘Business’ Side of Freelancing ▪ Finance: ▪ Get an accountant (seriously) ▪ Get a separate business bank account ▪ Keep on top of income & expenses as you go ▪ Keep expenses low as much as you can – do you need [the new shiny thing]…?
  11. 11. @steviephil #brightonSEO The ‘Business’ Side of Freelancing ▪ Finance (cont.): ▪ 7 or 14 day payment terms (not 30) ▪ 50% upfront, 50% upon completion ▪ Only allow bank transfer (BACS) payments ▪ Read up on HMRC’s ‘payments on account’
  12. 12. @steviephil #brightonSEO The ‘Business’ Side of Freelancing ▪ Legal: ▪ Get business insurance ▪ Get a contract ▪ Get everything in writing… EVERYTHING ▪ See also: screenshots! ▪ Be careful working with clients outside the UK ▪Admin: ▪ Use stuff like Trello, etc.
  13. 13. @steviephil #brightonSEO Growing Into an Agency (if you want to) ▪ Important note: you don’t have to ▪ …But if you do: ▪ Use freelancing as a stepping stone ▪ Safer than jumping straight to the agency route
  14. 14. @steviephil #brightonSEO Freelancer Facebook Groups ▪ Freelance Heroes ▪ Being Freelance ▪ Doing It For The Kids (DIFTK)
  15. 15. @steviephil #brightonSEO Freelancer Podcasts ▪ Freelance Heroes ▪ Being Freelance ▪ Doing It For The Kids (DIFTK) (…not a copy/paste error)
  16. 16. @steviephil #brightonSEO Freelancer Books ▪ Survival Skills for Freelancers - Sarah Townsend ▪ The Future is Freelance - Kirsty Hulse ▪ Anti-Sell - Steve Morgan
  17. 17. @steviephil #brightonSEO More! From Other Freelance SEOs! Anti-Sell.com/brightonseo Andrew Cock-Starkey (a.k.a. Optimisey) Sarah Tamsin Ahmed Khalifa Stacey MacNaught Natalie Mott And more…?
  18. 18. @steviephil #brightonSEO “15 Ways to Get SEO Clients!” Anti-Sell.com/seo
  19. 19. @steviephil #brightonSEO Obligatory Outro Slide! Anti-Sell: Marketing, Lead Generation & Networking Tips for Freelancers Who Hate Sales ▪ Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook ▪ 5.0 out of 5 on Amazon UK ▪ Winner of 4 book awards Anti-Sell.com/book

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