Having been a freeleancer myself in several realms (branding / design, IT / software architecture and engineering, business development and strategy planning, operations) I’ve learned a lot from my own experience dealing with clients of all types. I recently came upon a great Digg post that might help fellow free lancers out there to avoid certain mistakes that could hurt your livelihood and career. A lot of these tips I’ve learned through my own sweat but the writer of the original post puts it altogether so well.
These mistakes can easily be made by design firms and other outsourcing companies as well so this doesn’t just apply to potential freelancers.
A lot of it is common sense but the gist is as follows:
- Missing deadlines.
- Charging too little.
- Lack of preliminary research.
- Choosing the wrong clients.
- Getting too personal.
- Letting off steam.
- Not proposing a follow-up idea.
- Not having multiple income streams.
- Allowing yourself to slack.
- Failing to be yourself.
If you’re interested in what you’ve read so far, I recommend you check out the original blog post.
In addition to this post, there are several other good articles at FreeLanceSwitch.com:
- The Dos And Don’ts Of Selling To Clients
Do you have loads of clients fighting with each other for the chance to hire you? If so, you can skip this article. If not, you likely spend some time selling yourself to potential clients. So read on, because we’re going to talk about the dos and don’ts of selling.
- Balancing Employment and Freelance Work
Not all of us have the guts to freelance full-time right away and you can count this intrepid journalist as one of the cowards.
As self-employment can be slow to begin, some of us do prefer the security of a steady pay-cheque while making the transition, so here are some of the ways I’ve found to make it work while working for The Man.
- 10 Essential Habits for Freelance Workers
The key, I’ve found, is to develop certain habits that will keep you not only disciplined but successful. Simple habits, to be sure, but ones that can go a long way towards taking you from a broke freelancer to a happy and productive one.