Freelancing is a specific kind of job. If you aren’t working on a group project there will be no boss, no PR service, contact with your clients is completely up to you. All of this requires more skills than just your profession. You need to be flexible, good with words and ready to adapt to different types of people you will meet along the way. This is why we are asking the question, what makes a good freelancer?
1. Don’t be afraid to say “no”
The first and most important thing to keep in mind, never be afraid to say no! If you find the job not fitting for your skills or you don’t like the way your potential client is talking to you, don’t hesitate to pass the offer. More will come, have no mistake about that.
2. Your business portfolio is not a school portfolio
A lot of freelancers make the mistake of filling out their portfolio with jobs that aren’t actually relevant to the services they are offering right now. Be sure to focus only on the things you are good at, your new clients don’t need to know if you worked at McDonald’s and that certainly doesn’t make you a better coder or writer.
3. Be very transparent with your clients
Your clients are real people, they care about their money and who they are giving it to. Don’t be shy to show off some of your previous work but also take some time to explain the process and approach you are going to take on their project. They will trust you a lot more if they know exactly what you are planning to do.
4. Don’t look too far ahead
Once you set some goals regarding your projects be sure to focus on the now. If you don’t watch your feet and look too far ahead you can trip and fall. Maintaining a good client base is hard but if you focus on your daily tasks only, you will do a much better job. Take every project very seriously, do it step-by-step and the end result will be much better. Good feedback and recommendation are worth more than the money you are earning!
5. Have an entrepreneurial approach to freelancing
If you decided to join the freelancing community you probably quit your day job to do so. If that is the case then please look at freelancing as your new day job and your main source of income. It’s more than just completing tasks, it’s about client satisfaction and work quality. The better the work the more you will become recognized as an expert in your field. Once you manage that you can start looking at yourself as a brand more than an individual. Continuous quality work will raise the price of your services so aim for that. Try to change your “new day job” into a successful business that will constantly grow.
Client satisfaction is everything, always keep that in mind. Try to do your best on every project and you will be repaid with great feedback that will lead to even better projects.That’s it for today and I hope these tips will help you on your journey to becoming a better freelancer. Until next time.