I think everyone already knows this story, but I just want to use it as a reminder.
When I was a college student, yes, because I’ve graduated, I decided to pursue a freelancing career.
I didn’t know what I was really doing back then, but I figured out I’d start writing after a set of trial and error.
Writing was the only thing I was comfortable doing, so, I thought, why not?
I didn’t have anyone to back me up then, so, I had to learn everything myself, the hard way.
I had to learn how to promote myself, the platforms I should use, the kind of clients I should pursue, and the jobs I had to avoid all by myself.
And that wasn’t really easy.
That means I made a lot of mistakes and had a lot of downs that could have ruined my career.
And it almost did.
The first thing I struggled with a lot, was promoting myself.
I didn’t know how to do it, and I didn’t know how to become relevant.
I did know for a fact that I didn’t want to spam other people, but I also didn’t know how to talk about my services without being spammy.
So, I did what I had to do.
I went on freelance platforms and just started to apply for any job I did with the same proposal.
I didn’t even bother to customize it.
That was the case for another 2 months;
I didn’t customize anything, and I just kept on sending the same old proposals again and again.
Safe to say, I’ve never got hired.
And that’s when I’ve finally learned that I was doing something wrong and that I needed to change it as soon as possible.
So, instead of sending the same proposal, I started writing a different for each job while making sure I included aspects that were only relevant to that job.
That way the employer or potential client would know that it wasn’t a generated proposal, but a personal one made just for his job.
And that’s when I got hired.
I got hired the first time, the second time, the third time, and the N time after doing that one single trick.
So, what am I going at with this story?
I just wanted to let you know that we all have troubles at first when we start freelancing.
Some of us don’t know what they’re doing, some of us know what they’re doing, and some of us make life-ruining mistakes.
But if you tune in today, I’m going to give you life-changing freelance advice that will help you in your career.
So, without any further ado, here are the top 5 freelance advice I’ve learned the hard way.
5 Freelance Advice
Following these tips might be hard at first, especially if you’re a beginner.
But as time goes by, you’ll yourself slowly implementing them in your day-to-day life until you finally feel that you have ultimate control over the situation.
Give Your Client Just The Right Amount Of Information
When handling a project, you’re going to come across a lot of difficulties no matter how easy the job is.
I sometimes came across difficulties in research, in rewriting or in other stuff even though the task was too easy.
Never let them know the difficulties or hardships you’re coming across, they’ll think you’re unprofessional and won’t want to work with you again.
That is why talking too much is bad for your freelancing career.
You should always give the clients the minimum of information and never disclose all the details.
Nobody will want to know how you spent 2 hours researching or 2 hours planning, the clients just want results.
They don’t care how you’re going to do it, they just care that you’re going to do it.
And that’s what you should always keep in mind.
Never Sell Yourself Too Low
Clients usually look for the best quality for the lowest price.
Rare are the clients that are ready to pay a lot of money for mediocre work.
That is why you should always remember that there isn’t a client that will pay low if you don’t offer
When I started freelance writing, I used to offer my work for even the quarter of the pay I deserved, and I still had some people say it’s expensive.
Can you believe it?
But I should’ve expected it because I low-balled myself, and when I did so, clients low-balled me as well.
The moment I started raising my prices, I stopped attracting low-ball offers clients and started attracting high-paying ones.
From the moment I appreciated myself and offered the prices I deserved, I attracted clients that appreciated my work as well.
And that’s how I started making a full-income freelancing even though I didn’t work all day.
Never Tell Clients You’re Busy With Other Work
If you have a client that you like working with, then you should always keep them with you.
By never telling them that you’re busy with other work.
Once clients hear that you’re busy with other work, they’ll immediately look for another freelancer who will be free for them.
This has happened to me once too many times and I finally learned why.
Clients aren’t going to wait for until you’re free of other clients to give you jobs.
But they’ll wait for you to be done with a personal problem if they really like your work.
That is why, now when I’m busy with another client, I simply come up with a pretext for another client and say I’ll get back to them as soon as possible, or say that it’ll take me this time and time to get your job done.
This way I’m keeping both clients happy, and I’m still making an income.
Draw A Line
Sometimes, clients become friends, and friends become clients.
And I had this happen to me a lot of times as well!
A client became my friend after months of working together, and friends became my clients after they knew what I was doing.
So, at a point, I had to draw a line between work and friendship because they became too blurry.
I didn’t know what I was doing for the sake of friendship vs what I was getting paid for.
So, in order not to lose my clients, and not to lose my friends, I had to make compromises.
I had to let them know that I won’t be doing anything for free and that anything I do is something they’re going to be charged for.
Even though it was hard at first, it made me preserve my friendship and work, and now we’re all happy.
I do work, and I get paid, but I still talk to them whenever I want to and we can have the laugh that we want to every now and then.
Never Complete The Work Before The Deadline
This tip is valid for your short-term clients and even for long-term clients.
Why? Because even short-term ones can turn to long-term ones.
Completing work once in a while before the deadline is actually cool, but once the client gets used to the work being completed before the deadline, then it’s hard to come back from that point.
They’ll always expect work to be done ahead of time, and if you ever meet the actual deadline, they’ll think it’s a delay.
This happened to me as well with a long-term client with whom I’ve worked for MONTHS.
I used to complete the work 2 days before the deadline, and when I actually once delivered the work until the deadline reached, he thought I was way too late.
So, that’s when I’ve learned to deliver work until the deadline, no matter who the client is.
All About Freelance Advice
Freelancing isn’t always easy, but it’s always great to do.
I’ve enjoyed freelancing more than anything I’ve ever done in my life.
So, it was a pure conviction to pursue freelancing instead of working with my degree.
Although it wasn’t easy and I didn’t come across freelance advice like these when I first began, it was still a fun journey.
So, it’s time for you to discover it as well.
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