Everyone creates mistakes, let alone a freelancer. The road up ahead can get bumpy when you’re working for yourself. No matter what skills you have, you will still run into challenges that can really take a toll on your time and mind. With that said, here are three worst situations every freelancer will encounter and how to avoid them.
- Having Few Clients
- When working on a traditional job, your paycheck is fixed. So whatever your performance is, you will still receive a fixed amount of cash because that’s what the company deals you in the first place. However, it is a completely different world for freelancers. Freelancers paycheck often fluctuates depending on their performances. That’s why the number of clients is definitely important to maintain cash flow. But having too few or overloading number of clients is a recipe for disaster. Let me give you an example.
- Example: Freelance Translator
- So you are a freelance
translator that have a couple of clients that pays you with a large amount of
cash. Everything is going well until a client found another translator that
works better than you. When this happens, you lost half of your revenue. This
thing happens all the time since the world of freelancing is a competitive one.
You will meet other people that are better than you, and you have to make your
way out of the crowd to prove that you have the skills to satisfy them too.
With that said, here are a few ideas to generate new leads.
- Update Your Portfolio: Don’t ever forget to update your portfolio on your social media accounts or even at your website. People love to see fresh content and finding people that are serious about their freelancing career is a big plus. So if you have fresh and updated work, include them in your portfolio right now.
- Make Use of Your Social Networking Skills: Your social media accounts is your best friend when looking for new leads. However, this will mean nothing if you are unavailable to contact at all. So if you have the time, post an update on your social media about your client search. Keep it short but professional at the same time so people will know that you are serious about finding one.
- Not Knowing Your Worth
- People on traditional jobs get monthly or yearly raises. But freelancers, on the other hand, can go on for years without getting a raise. This is a serious issue that freelancers should not overlook. If you are a freelancer that provides high-quality content for your clients, then don’t just settle for less.
- This can be a scary thing to do especially if you’re new in the freelancing scene. However, having a heavy workload with little pay is unfair and very unreasonable. But don’t worry, there are plenty of freelancing platforms across the web that offers yearly wage raises for every freelancer. Sites such as Indeed, Glassdoor, and ZipRecruiter is among these sites.
- Lastly, your wage will depend
on your performance. If you produce content that isn’t even acceptable at all,
then stay on your ground or practice until you become a master freelancer.
- Accepting Every Task Given
- It can be tempting to say YES to every task given to your client, but this style is counterproductive. In fact, taking everything whatever work is given to you is equal to demanding clients, knowing that you will just accept all the time so they will probably give you a bunch of workload.
- Stick to your limit if you can’t do all of them. Even though the prices of the given work are high compared to the others, there are still lots of opportunities out there that’s not too daunting to do.
- But if you are one of the warrior types that is happy to accept whatever work is given, then it’s time to negotiate the price. If you have a client that lets you do constant revisions even after you have submitted your work, then politely ask for a slight raise. If the client is still asking more revisions that is beyond your limit, again, ask about a raise whatever it takes. Knowing your worth is the most important weapon in the world of freelancing. At the end of the day, saying no doesn’t hurt. So if you ever feel that the specific work given to you is too difficult for your skills, then decline it to save yourself some extra brain cells.