Freelancing Ain’t Easy – Or Is It?

Published On July 20, 2015 | Productivity

What was the most important thing you needed to realise on your way to success as a freelancer?

What’s the most important quality to focus on as a freelancer? A cursory search on ye old engine can return a number of articles giving advice on everything from how to write an article or draw a cartoon, to how to manage your day-to-day productivity as a freelancer.

But most will return the following in one form or another:

Contract it! It’s a cardinal sin to commence work without a contract. In reality, though, commissions come in the form of desperate phone calls asking for a “quick turnaround” that somehow negates the possibility of a signing the contract first. So… the question arises – do you take the job on good faith, or…

Say no when you feel you have to say no! Yes… as hard as it may seem – especially if you’re desperate for cash flow – it may be more beneficial to actually turn down work if you’re not suited to it, or if the terms just seem not acceptable.

Deposit or no? It seems reasonable to insist on a down payment or deposit – most pros ask for at least 50%. But again, many hirers take the approach of asking for a fast turnaround time, basically making an immediate start a question of “how desperate are you for the work”?

Speaking of which… and this may seem tangential… but it’s well-known that many freelancers look to their peers and expect the same success they see in their most established competitors. Experts preach that while it’s important to have an end goal, it’s just as important to focus on the small tasks that make up today.

These are just a few considerations that freelancers undertake, but we’d also like to know your experience: What was the most important thing you needed to realise on your way to success as a freelancer?

Let us know in the comments below.

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