How to win at freelancing

Shortest guide ever.

New Zealand freelance journalist Michelle Duff has worked for news organisations all over the world—you may have seen her viral story on Maori women’s chin tattoos in Vice a while back. From her lightning talk at Storyology, here are a few of her tips for anyone considering work as a freelancer:

1. Contacts are everything.

2. Nail the pitch — don’t promise things you can’t deliver.

3. Check your spelling.

4. Land a regular gig.

5. Be smart — research your topic.

6. Get an accountant.

7. Write lists. Be organised. Manage your workload.