The Do Not’s of freelancing life 09.06.2016 : 14:54pm
We believe in you and we want your freelance careers to flourish - we don’t want you disadvantaged or longing for something more. With that said, here’s some of the key things you could do that could really set you back, basically the “do not’s” of freelancing.
Your work is a tad average
We’re pretty confident in general this won’t apply to our Yudoozy freelancers as you’re all a skilled bunch. However, we all have those times when a deadline is looming and you just crank something out. Is it the best you could have done? You’ll justify to yourself “Yeah, maybe”, but in reality a bit more time probably could have been spent. Most people will still submit it for fear of missing the deadline but this is where your reputation is at risk. You have options - prioritise your work a bit better (easier said than done sometimes we know) or just talk to your client. More often than not they will be understanding as we’re all busy peeps and they will be able to give you a extension. They’d much rather that than rubbish work coming their way.
You’re precious over your work
A sure fire way to get the backs up of your clients is to be super precious over your work. Even if they come at you with the weirdest, most unrealistic feedback ever they are still the client and what they want they get. That’s not to say you can’t give them your considered opinion, but don’t stay staunch on a design or some copy just for the sake of it. If they get too much push back, they’ll soon get annoyed and look elsewhere.
You don’t take rejection well
With that, let’s talk about rejection. When you’re pitching for work don’t get the hump if you don’t get the work. It may just be that you’re not right for that job, doesn’t mean they won’t keep you in mind for something else. So keep everyone on your good side, and don’t bag them out on Facebook or whatever.
You’re super pushy
Another way to start to annoy your clients is by getting super pushy. This can be by emailing them a million times a day, pressing them constantly for more work, hassling them for feedback, literally anything. No doubt your clients are busy people and have a load of emails to get through, so when you’re getting in touch make sure it’s for a good reason.
You sell yourself short
Ahhh the ever present conversation over how much you’re worth. One way to kill your career is to sell yourself short before you’ve even started. You have to make money after all and there will be an industry standard that you can use relative to your experience. Don’t just pitch low to get the work.
Another way to stifle your career is to leave your rates stagnant. Markets move and your experience will grow so there’s no reason why you should leave your rates at the same level year after year. With existing clients too, they will appreciate your loyalty and work over time so get in there and renegotiate with them.
You don’t show yourself off
Similar to selling yourself short, you need to get rid of the old kiwi syndrome of downplaying any achievements and put yourself out there. Get your work out there, especially on social, and be proud of it. And when you’re in front of potential clients pitching away don’t be afraid to say that actually you do a blimen good job. We know it, so they should too.