The following list is not necessarily in an order of importance.

  1. Have the fundamental skills and experience.
  2. Have the desire and ability to learn and adapt.
  3. Use contracts (or agreements).
  4. Be professional.
  5. Try to be a genuine, considerate human being.
  6. Have the desire for independence.
  7. Be self disciplined.
  8. Be organized.
  9. Treat freelance as a business.
  10. Make appropriate and timely compensation a priority.
  11. Don’t settle for clients that don’t respect you or pay you.
  12. Apply the “golden rule”.
  13. Be logical and creative.
  14. Continuously try to improve.
  15. Reach out to other like minded individuals.