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On Friday 10th September 2021, I gave a talk at brightonSEO Sept 2021, which was held in-person (the conference's first in-person event since restrictions eased following COVID lockdowns).
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/brightonseo/ - 6 fellow freelance SEOs give their tips and advice as well (note: it's dated Oct 2020 because this talk is a redo of a talk that I previously gave virtually).
https://anti-sell.com/seo/ - 15 ways to find SEO clients as a freelancer.
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.