In a commencement speech to graduates of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he gives you an amazing recipe for freelance success.
Gaiman says (at minute 14):
“…people keep working in a freelance world, and more and more of today’s world is freelance, because their work is good, and 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. You don’t have to be as good as everyone else if you are on time and it is always a pleasure to hear from you.”
You can watch Gaiman’s speech here for some inspiration: