Once, my business coach suggested me. Definitely, we are human and freelancers are human. And we all did mistakes in our lives.
But I still think unpleasant. I think like a failure. I’d agree to my vision down. I was an awful freelancer.
So when I see my freelancing community and I understand that, really, other freelancers create errors too. Here, I’m highlighting those mistakes with you.
Some awful Mistakes you should avoid
Here are the some bad mistakes which a Freelancer does during contract:
- Without a contract working: This gives the impression to be pretty frequent. Sometimes, freelancers start their working on their own behalf and their skills so they don’t take care of it as a serious business. In some situations, we just belief to our clients excessively. We can’t suppose they could inflexible us… until they do.
- Working with unknown client: Another important mistake is working with unknown client. Over and over again, we search out a bad impression about a client. We notice large numbers of red flags pop up, but we pay no attention to them. We have to earn the money. We want this client on our group. At that time we have to perform carefully while selecting clients. After completing projects when no responses comes from clients then we blame to ourselves. That time we face heavy loss and lost of clients as well because we are familiar with all along this was an awful idea.
- Missing time limit and schedule– This is the thing which I hear the most from people who appoint freelancers. I’ve got numerous of customers who find me after being burned by freelancers who pay no attention to others, ignore given deadlines after deadline. Excuses not give the proper answer to the employer. So time limit and schedule should be determined before starting any project.
- Advance payment before starting a new project– This is one more common mistake done by the freelancers before starting their new project. Freelancers show more trust on their employers and not demand to deposit advance in your account. They trust the client too much. Be careful on internet and demand to your business partner for a down payment first, before starting to do their work.
- Low Charges–Freelancers’ insecurities are most apparent in our fees. We charge low fee, because we don’t actually trust in what we’re worth. So we finish up getting paid method under the value we really bring to our clients.
- Too much work loading– Little charging hardly affects the performance. If you are doing a good job and not getting paid up to your expectations will loose your stamina and energy. To achieve handsome remuneration, you need to complete more projects to gain your income goals. Keep in mind, don’t exceed your limit and you finish up missing deadlines, Avoid to delivering bad quality work.
- Ignoring your market in your good time–Sometimes freelancer ignore the marking in his/ her good time which is a bad thing in this field. If you are a freelancer then pay your concentration to your market community. A Freelancer needs to be a continuous marketing, getting leads, and to warm up your community. Your proper attention should be on your community.
- Clearness in deliverables–If you are in a contract and have not cleared its deliverables then what you will do at this stage? It is not a good one? Prescribes your clients role in the completion of the project. Clearly understand what type of outputs you’re going to provide, and when? When you are going to get paid, and when? Clear your worries and doubts with your employer. Don’t even think about getting paid.
- Have you a “kill fee” in your contract? – Sometime I did a mistake in my contact. Lot of times, I forgot to take in my kill fee, or Up to what limit my client has to pay if he/she suspend the project after I’ve started work on it.
- Submitting finished work and customer files with no getting paid first–Sometime overly trusting freelancers does this mistake. Keep in mind, that, once you’ve twisted over the completed product to the customer, you don’t have a grasp on them any more.
- Improper follow up on proposals–This is a mistake we dome mostly in our projects while contracting online. We lost our clients due to improper follow up on proposals. Keep in touch with your contractors to receive positive response and proper feedback.
- Communication gap–Here’s another mistake many freelancers don’t even become conscious they’re making. Freelancers should understand the requirements and needs of contractor. Because communication gap creates different hurdles and difficulties between the freelancer and contractor. When you share your views with your business partners its means you’re showing your client that you fully know what they’re trying to achieve, and you know how to help them get there.
- Ignoring your finances–There are lots of Freelancers who are doing the online jobs, which means many of us are not at ease dealing with numbers and money. It’s too simple to sweep up finances under the rug, until tax time comes.