Everyone makes mistakes, but those taking their first steps in the world of freelancing are more prone to do so than others.
Setting up a work order outside the office is already a tough job in itself but with nonstop client requests, deadlines and a number of other factors, business, in fact, can turn into a hornet's nest.
If you want to work freelance, first you have to come to terms with the fact that people make mistakes and we are not talking about small spelling errors or design issues, we're talking about serious, fundamental mistakes. In fact, the problems we create and the errors we leave unchecked will become future references so we do not repeat them.
Here are the five most common mistakes every freelancer makes in the beginning of their careers.
Freelance business doesn't just revolve around you. The only truth about this job is not that you're working and getting paid. After all, you're doing this for someone else. You have that position because you provide benefits, comfort, time savings or profitability to someone. Greed can often make you forget this fact.
Whatever the idea is, working just for money lowers the quality of the work you do and it leads you to take on jobs that you can't complete, or even maybe exceeds your skills. After a while, you will find yourself designing a kebab brochure and coding the fan club site at the same time. I'm not even counting the damage to your self-esteem.
Not focusing on specialization
Let's sit crooked but talk straight: There's no such thing as being familiar with a job while having Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube at our fingertips. Now it's not enough to know; you need to specialize on a narrower scale.
If you become "any designer," you become a freelance alternative, and your opponents will be all the other designers. But if you specialize in an area such as automobile or fashion, the alternatives that the customer can choose for you will also be limited.
If you come to a point in your business and still don't have the expertise like; if you're still an editor, not a fashion editor, still a designer, not an infographic designer you may feel yourself looking in the mirror wearing a pathetic t-shirt that says, "Everything I do, I'll do it for you."
When freelance is mentioned, an image comes to mind: At night, in a dimly lit room, sitting in the light of a desk lamp and trying to stay awake while drinking coffee... But that's not the whole truth. Apart from the extreme examples, it is essential that you are at the same frequency as the customer and that you are reachable at any time in the freelance order. When you search for "home office work order" you'll see that every professional gives importance to morning rituals, no matter what the work is.
The ultimate goal of this is to start the day at the same time as you do business and work while they are working. So when they call you during their working hours, you can answer them with a ready-to-work attitude, not a semi-sleepy, reluctant voice. This is vital for customer satisfaction. If you return missed calls hours later saying "I was sleeping," the customer will think that you're lying down on the job and you don't deserve the money, even if you do it perfectly and with great effort.
Anyone who has the opportunity to choose a job will prefer the job that he loves the most and knows best. The success of the business with love and knowledge melted into the same pot is inevitable. Success brings credit; credit brings pride, and pride brings confidence. Trust is a drug for freelance workers. And a drug which is not used in its prescribed dosage is poison...
When you do freelance work, you should set your confidence level very well. Every person expects a compliment as a result of his work, but occasionally one has the right to fail. Overlapping revisions should not break your enthusiasm. Likewise, the acceptance of every completed project at once should not make you walk on air. Freelance workers need to act like wire walkers. They should not be afraid of falling, nor should they feel safe enough to dance on the rope.
Wait, what? Let's put it this way: When it comes to deserving the money given, you need to ensure that there is justice in the opposite direction. The work you do is not just being praised or any other second benefit.
Utility companies, banks or the barber, whom I have been going to for 20 years, will make me feel great if they accepted sweet words for my debts. But unfortunately, the commonly shared value measure is money, and this also applies to freelance jobs.
Do not be afraid to ask for the rate you deserve. The customer will always be asking for a discount based on their budget. But if the price is far below your asking price, the work is probably not for you.
So, floccinaucinihilipilification is a bad habit for freelancers, and it means to devalue your work.
Success is not a small cake with limited slices; it is a pool that everyone can enjoy. If every freelancer works better, the respect for the self-employed will be much better in the eyes of both the employer and society.