Things To Remember About Freelancing
by Jason Vaughn
The most important thing to remember when freelancing is to be honest. If you are not honest in saying that you have the ability to do a job well, then your reputation could be tarnished. If you are in an interview for a freelance opportunity or "gig", do not tell your future contractor that you have no problem doing that project for them, when in reality you have never done this type of work before. Not only will you be putting your reputation and credibility as a freelancer on the line, but also you will be jeopardizing the credibility of the company that has hired you. If you provide false information or produce a project in an incorrect manner from which the company is accustomed to, then you could be causing some serious heartache down the road.
Another thing to keep in mind when freelancing is obtaining a stable client base. You must remain in constant contact with your clients. Always check with them even if you are not working on a project for them. "Get noticed", not so much that you become a nuisance and they won't want to hire you, but be there enough that they can never quite forget about you. Also, when special occasions come around, like birthdays or holidays, drop a little something in the mail to them. This will let them know that you are willing to go that extra mile to maintain a friendship and standing relationship with them.
Freelancing is a risky, yet exciting industry to get into. You must have plenty of self-confidence that you are the best at what you do. But don't become over confident, always remember there is room for growth, learning and a better understanding of the industry. When you are working with a client, be sure to learn the accounts you are assigned inside and out, ask for any extra helpful materials that can boost your knowledge. If you are uncertain of how something is done, ask; never be afraid to ask questions. You want to get it done correctly the first time. Again this will be a great reflection on your reputation and your ability to do a good job. Freelancing is hard to get into, but once you have established yourself as knowledgeable and reliable in your area of expertise, then you will be the top name in the drawer every time.
Article posted with permission from:
Art Space Design