I had the fun/pressure/honor/experience of vetting vendors for hiring for an event recently, and realized Neil Gaiman’s advice about how to be a successful freelancer:
You get work however you get work, but keep people keep working in a freelance world (and more and more of today’s world is freelance), because their work is good, because they are easy to get along with and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three! Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. People will forgive the lateness of your work if it is good and they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as everyone else if you’re on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.
True fact. Nice, on-time, good–all three is great, but two out of three is pretty darn good as well.
“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”–Arnold H. Glasow