Monday, January 11, 2010

PhotoShelter - Advice For The AfterStaff Circumstance

The good folks over at PhotoShelter called the other day to ask what 10 things a current staffer should do to prepare for their inevitable "switch" to freelance, and also the 10 things a newfound freelancer from the "Staff World" should do, so I gave them a few ideas, contemplated after a long spell in the shower, and I encourage you to head over there to check them out -


This advice applies if you are:

  1. A freelancer welcoming the former staffer now newfound freelancer into your community (help them and welcome them, dammit, don't be a selfish jerk)

  2. A staffer who thinks your staff job is safe (it's not - REALLY, IT'S NOT)

  3. A staffer who just was forcibly "switched" to freelance by your (now former) employer

  4. The spouse or partner of a freelancer who is now worried about healthcare, rent/mortgage, and small things like where the next meal is coming from, and wants to know how to kick their freelance spouse back into gear and out of their malaise, and otherwise help.

So, go read, and be enlightened, and be thoughtful - it's a good thing for your karma.
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Kirk Tuck, Photographer/Writer said...

Damn good post. And a good battle plan for existing shooters who need to re-start or re-boot their businesses. It's tough times just about everywhere but there is some work and it will go to people who take John's advice.

Also, Pick up John's book and use it like a bible. I wrote a book about commercial photography, plugged John's book in it and recommend his book to every newbie I come across in the business.

Thanks for the all the hard work. I really believe that you are making a difference.


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