If you don’t know what it takes to become a freelancer, you might think that it’s an easy job. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection and start working from any location of the world. However, the same is not the case. Lots of newcomers think of making it big in freelancing but only very few are able to make a decent place for themselves as a freelancer. Why? Because there are lots of other things required apart from a laptop and an internet connection to become a full-time freelancer. Here are some professional mistakes made by freelancers in their early career.
Taking too much work
This is one of the most common mistakes made by new age freelancers. Saying yes to every work will lead you to trouble in the end. You might think that declining a work request isn’t a good thing but actually it is! Learn to say ‘No’ to your clients if you don’t have enough time for their project. Take the amount of work you can handle easily. Delivering quality work on time will project a good image of you in the market. Use project management tools to manage your work data or take help from freelance marketplace guide given on certain portals.
Forget to Cross-check
Always cross-check facts & figures after completing your work. This is one big mistake many freelancers make. No client can afford to have factual mistakes in his work. Once you’re done doing a project or assignment, cross-check every detail to make sure it’s right. And, if you’re a freelance writer, do not forget to check your content for plagiarism. Because this is one thing that can badly damage your reputation in the market. There are plagiarism tools available online.
Know Your Worth
You got to know your worth. If you don’t, you might end up working too much at a very low price. Many newcomers make this mistake. Do a proper market research and find out the standard rate for the work you do. You should know the standard rates of the industry you work for. To become a freelancer who knows his worth, accept the projects offering true value of your work.
Avoid Bad Clients
Learn to avoid bad clients. How? Clients who keep changing their requirements or ask you to do more work than the budget they have are highly avoidable. Do not waste your time and efforts for their work. Do not be afraid to disappear for this kind of clients. Simply say ‘No’.