A research has revealed that a large percentage of the working class have given up their 9 to 5 jobs in favor of an online-based employment. This is because there is less stress and pressure while there is more freedom.
If you’re new to the industry, you could easily get lost with all the independence that comes with being a freelance worker. In other words, you might forget that are actually working.
To help you be a better freelance writer, web designer, graphic artist or other profession, you need to be aware of the 5 biggest mistakes that can ruin your online reputation.
Not getting paid enough.
Whether you’re charging too much or too little, you’re not being honest to your client and to yourself. When you offer a service or product to other people, it’s important that you get paid enough. Being a freelancer means building a good reputation and relations with your clients. So, charging more or less that what you service is worth will not help you succeed. For one, asking for a higher price than what you’re actually worth is lying to clients, which could lead to the client backing out of your partnership.
Biting off more than you can chew.
Taking on more work than you can actually handle is also lying to your clients. Not only is it betraying your clients’ trust, but you’re also taking the unnecessary risk of not being able to deliver as promised. When people entrust you with important tasks, it means that they trust that you meet their expectations. You commit to giving them the best quality for their money. But when you take on more tasks, you won’t be able to spend enough time ensuring you are giving your best with every work that you do.
Choosing quantity over quality.
One of the biggest mistakes freelancers do is rushing through tasks to meet deadlines. In other words, a lot of them procrastinate thinking there is no manager or supervisor to monitor their work progress. Being lax and putting off work till later can lead to a disaster. What if something happens and prevents you from completing a task you decided to do at the last minute? Your client will be disappointed and will take the projects elsewhere.
Freelancing may seem to have the prospect of fun while earning lots of money. But you have to remember that discipline is key to success, whether you’re in an office or in your bedroom.