gig or die

Learning how to get gigs — the economic reality in the gig economy — is the new survival skill of our times. Technological change is a disruptive force, and many jobs today are changing or disappearing entirely. Freelancers who can adapt and respond to the ever-changing landscape and spot new opportunities being created will emerge as winners. But how do you learn to freelance? There’s no university degree in freelancing, and jumping in cold can be exhilarating but also disorienting. Julian Haber’s book Gigonomics: A Field Guide for Freelancers in the Gig Economy will guide you on your path to becoming a prosperous freelancer.

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Leverage constraints

Sometimes the most difficult job is the one where you have complete and total freedom to do whatever you want. 

While having total freedom over your work may sound like a dream opportunity to the office-bound worker, who is used to being harried by bosses and colleagues to deliver on one of the several projects she’s managing, in practice, it is total freedom that is one of the most challenging things to adapt to working as a freelancer.

The power to create is driven in large part by constraints placed on the act and execution of creation.  As a creative worker (which every freelancer is in some way or form), your first and most important job is to build for yourself the constraints you require to produce. We all need them. If you are doing the kind of work you have chosen to do — writing poetry, interviewing strangers in the streets and taking their portraits, or whatever — you are not going to be getting paid right away. You may not have any place to send or show your work but your own personal blog and you never get any feedback — good or bad — from anyone on what you do. You can give up. You can quit. Move on to something else. Try to find a job. 

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5 parts | 397 pages

Gigonomics: A Field Guide for Freelancers in the Gig Economy

Designed to show you how to start small, quickly and right now, this book is packed with practical advice for launching your freelance career.  Topics covered include:

  • How to think like a freelancer about time, money and work
  • How to find a steady stream of new clients (and hold on to the ones you have)
  • How to  sell — and keep on selling 
  • How to network effectively offline and in the real world
  • How to use technology to market, be found and be chosen

While the creative domains have long been filled with freelancers, the future of freelancing will see many more professions convert to contract work. You may be:

  • a new graduate, looking for ways to build up a professional reputation and start putting your education to work;
  • a first-time freelancer setting out to conquer the world;
  • an older or displaced worker looking to leverage your experience and skills or build a second career;
  • a recovering corporate warrior with a new outlook on life, looking for ways to parlay your contacts into rewarding contracts;
  • a recent immigrant, highly trained but having trouble breaking into the traditional job market;
  • or a seasoned freelancer just looking for some fresh ideas.

Julian Haber has spent the past 20 years building a thriving career as a freelance photographer, one gig at a time. In his book, he shares everything from how to turn awkward small talk into a big contract, to many trail-tested techniques for finding your niche, avoiding pitfalls, getting gigs and building a sustainable practice. Whether you’re already freelancing and looking for ways to grow your client list, or are starting out brand new to the game and want to learn how to play, this book is for you.

Finally! Haber has written the end all be all, comprehensive resource to not just survive, but thrive in the gig economy. “Gigonomics: A Field Guide for Freelancers in the Gig Economy,” provides a roadmap for navigating not only the technical and fundamental aspects of freelancing but the mindset required to adapt and succeed in this new world of work. Whether you find yourself forced out of a traditional work situation or you are looking for a fun (and potentially lucrative) side hustle, do yourself a favour and buy this book!

Nanci K. Murdock, CFA, Founder, themoneycoach.com

Haber knows all the tricks freelancers need to survive our uncertain times.

Claire Holden Rothman, Novelist, freelance translator & editor

Julian Haber has brilliantly put together an essential guide for anyone looking at embarking on a freelance career. Gigonomics provides essential knowledge to help keep the self motivated professional on task and on track to freelance success.

John D.S. Adams, Freelance music producer/engineer, Owner of Stonehouse Sound

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