As a freelancer, there are lessons you learn on the job and personally, in a short span of time I’ve learned so much and I want to share with you 5 lessons I’ve learned from freelancing.
I think we all know some of these points, however, most of the time we prefer to just go with the flow when we get a new client, but having this kind of mindset can become detrimental in the long run. So why not just avoid every problem that can arise by taking the necessary precautions?
To every freelancer like myself, here are a few tips that will definitely come in handy for your next job in order to help you begin in the right direction. I hope they will serve as an encouragement to those who are new to the freelancing world or have been in it long enough to have faced some common struggles.
♦ FREELANCE LESSON #1: I LEARNED THAT I NEED TO ALWAYS HAVE A STATEMENT OF AGREEMENT
Personally, I love to avoid problems and I’m not the kind of person who likes confrontations, so being self-employed it’s important to protect yourself and your work in order to avoid issues in the future.
This can simply be done by making your terms extremely clear at the beginning of every job; either by coming up with a Contract, or just a Statement of Agreement for both parties to sign. You never know when you’d need to go back to review what was initially agreed upon or if one party is going against the agreement. It prevents stress for both sides and helps to maintain a good working relationship for the future.
QUICK TIP: A Statement of Agreement should be able to cover things like;
• Nature of the Project
• Project Costs
• Timeline or Deadlines
• Terms of Payment
• Other Potential Considerations (if need be)
To make things a little bit stress-free for yourself, I suggest you have these documents in a template form so that you can use it for other potential clients in the future.
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♦ FREELANCE LESSON #2: I LEARNED THAT GOOD COMMUNICATION IS KEY
In every relationship lack of communication ruins, everything and that also applies to the relationship of a freelancer and their client.
Personally, I’ve learnt that “Good” Communication is key to foster a smooth job experience and no one wants to go through the hassle of bad communication or misunderstanding. In other to avoid this, try and be as clear as possible with your client by keeping them updated with what’s going on with the job or if you need their feedback, in order to proceed to the next stage.
One important point to have in mind is to always be in communication with the person who has the final say in the job you’ve been hired for. Sometimes, we (freelancers) work with teams or even a middle-man, but if you do that you might end up finishing the job based on their directions and then having certain parts of it disapproved by the decision maker. That actually happened to me. So in order to avoid this, always have it at the back of your mind.
♦ FREELANCE LESSON #3: I LEARNED TO KNOW MY WORTH
Place Value on yourself before you expect anyone else to value you or your work. Figuring out how to communicate your values, your skills and your experiences is a worthy task that will pay off in the long run. This will enable you to explain the value of what you can bring to the table.
Don’t undercharge or overcharge, always do your research by knowing the average rate others charge for the same service or product, to get an idea of what you should charge.
Do not let negative feedback get to you, instead use it as a boost to prove those criticising you or your work wrong.
Above all, know that Clarity will always give you an edge, So know your WORTH!!!
♦ FREELANCE LESSON #4: I LEARNED HOW & WHEN TO SAY NO
I know as a freelancer it’s easy to be seduced by almost everything because we need the cash especially when you’re just starting out, but the biggest harm you can do to your brand is always saying yes to everything and not realising when to say No.
Listening to your gut is always essential because it helps you stay true to your values irrespective of the money you may loose and It shows that you’re clear on your brand’s focus.
Personally, turning down a job from a client whom I felt wanted to make things difficult for me and discontinuing a professional relationship because trust had been broken — as hard it was — was something that needed to be done because I know my worth and I wasn’t just focused on the money and I’m always glad when I listen to my gut.
♦ FREELANCE LESSON #5: I LEARNED HOW TO FACE MY FEARS.
Pushing through my fears have proven to be better than I expected. I always ask myself “what’s the worst that could happen” and if there aren’t any valid answers to that question then I’m going to push through and face my fears. Everyone who’s ever gone into freelancing has some level of fear, the question is, “Are you going to let fear stop you from achieving what you truly desire?”
Do your research, make an attempt and if you fail the first or even the second time just know that you have an added advantage because you’ll learn from your mistakes. After all, life is a learning process and it only gets better. Just don’t wait until you feel fully prepared because that will never happen.
Was this post helpful in any way? Are these some of the things you’ve also learned as a freelancer? Do you have any lesson from your own experience? Please, do well to leave a comment, let’s all learn and grow together.
Till next time
Loads of Love❤❤❤