Common Mistakes freelancers make is what I am going to explain in this segment. In my 17 years of freelancing experience, I made a lot of mistakes, most of them unknowingly and some knowingly, but it took me time to correct them. If you are a new freelancer, its time you pay attention to the art of making lesser mistakes so your freelancing career can take off on the right note.
Common mistakes freelancers make often have common grounds and if you are able to understand them, you can also avoid most, if not all of them and this will help you to have a stable freelancing career.
Mistake #1: To be in a rush to get projects
Yes, when I started freelancing, I thought rushing into getting leads and clients was the right thing to do. I started getting frustrated because my competitors that are ranked higher were eating away all of those leads and I was not happy at all. I started cursing my luck, I started getting restless, but over a period of time, I realized it was not that big of deal because any job or career takes a while to shape up and instead of focusing on the problem, we need to focus on finding the right solutions. Hence my advice to budding freelancers would be to buy some patience and follow the checklist of how to prepare yourself as a freelancer before you can expect some leads and clients your way.
Mistake #2: Not paying attention to details
While I can understand the urge freelancers have in getting clients, I noticed most of them don’t pay attention to project details and end up over committing and backing out. This is a dumb idea because even if a client ends up hiring you, you need to demonstrate your skill and commitment by completing that project. Bearing this in mind, it is important you read and understand the project scope in totality, ask some basic questions to get your thoughts clear, ensure you are on the same page and find out if client has any information that was left out before you end up submitting your final quote
Mistake #3: Undermining pricing, not a good idea
Yes, you are a new freelancer, yes there is no proven track record, but remember not all clients look for the lowest quotes. If you have a decent skill, you need to justify your pricing and be able to convince the client that you are the one to go with. Ofcourse a lot of clients that operate on a shoe string budget look for cheap freelancers, but they don’t realize with cheap pricing comes average service and that’s when they begin demanding more from you and make you feel frustrated wanting to dump the project and walk way, which is again not a great scenario because you will end up inviting trouble and the disgruntled customer will post a bad review or mark the project as incomplete.
Mistake #4: Avoid copy/paste proposals, they get you no where
Yes, a lot of clients value proposals that are customized and address their project requirements. Gone are those days when you can blast your sales proposals by copy/paste because they will be treated as spam or junk. Keeping this in mind, you need to make an effort in reading and understanding the project scope, have a discussion as mentioned above and impress the client with your approach. This will definitely give you a foot in the door and you will sooner or later end up getting your first freelancing project.
Mistake #5: Don’t show attitude
While this is a factor most of you already know, I would stress on its significance. When you are in infant stages of freelancing, using a loud mouth or chatting aggressively doesn’t win you a deal. Even if you differ with a client, put it across in the utmost professional manner and make him/her understand what your idea is. Instead if you make the client feel you are trying to dominate, it will be a bad idea.
Common mistakes freelancers make can often by avoided if you understand how freelancing works and what are the steps you need to take in order to be prepared. I will be covering a lot of specific tasks in coming days on how you can recognize Common mistakes freelancers make and I will address solutions for all of them.