I’ve written a number of articles that include career advice, both about freelancing in general and proofreading, editing and transcription in particular. Here’s a helpful index to these posts:
Setting up your business
Setting up as a freelancer (1) – are you suited to it and before you start
Setting up as a freelancer (2) – organising yourself and outsourcing, etc.
10 things you can do to prepare for going freelance – tasks for those last weeks of employment
Not taking risks – you don’t have to jump in to business with no safety net!
Proofreading as a career – a subject I am often asked about!
How do I get freelance work? – a general guide for all freelancers
Growing your business
Developing your business – what next – a summary with links to the rest of the posts
On time management – ignore the Santa bits, unless it’s Christmas!
Are you guilty of presenteeism? related to time management and PR
Top tips for working from home (guest post)
Keeping organised – the famous Gantt Chart
Outsourcing (1) – what tasks can you outsource?
Outsourcing (2) – how to work out if it’s worth doing
Top ten tips for working with freelancers – if you outsource to freelancers, read this!
Top ten tips for freelancers – work the best you can with your clients
How to decide who to work with – find good clients and don’t get ripped off
How to turn a new customer into a regular customer – tips I have used that work!
What’s the best mix of customers to have? – getting that balance
Transcription as a career
How do you start a career in transcription? – are you suited for it?
The professional transcriber – the technology you need
10 top tips for transcribers – what every new transcriber needs to know
Why do you need human transcribers, anyway? – I explain why!
All of these articles have links to other articles that might be interesting, or to outside organisations that can provide advice and resources.
You may also want to look at
Index of blog posts related to starting and running your own business – networking, organisation and more
Interviews with people running small businesses – including annual updates on how they’re doing – lots of hints and tips from the front line in all sorts of industries, from model-making to rapping to jewellery to editing
My blog about going full time with my own business – lots of book reviews on there now, but click on the categories for the business posts.
Finally, if you prefer having everything on a topic all in one place, take a look at my books, which cover going self-employed, how to go forward once you’ve started up and transcription as a career – all information on those is available here.