Grisly Freelance Death Traps

For most of you who are freelancers newbies or people seriously considering joining, there may still be a big question whether you can do this. The answer is that anyone can succeed at freelancing, but many people cannot.

Unfortunately, for those who failed, they didn’t realize that many of the factors that led to their failure were within their own control. The key is to recognize what these factors are and take the right steps to control them. In this article, I’ll focus on the factors that led to the bloody death of your freelance career (and many other aspects). Next week’s article is about the lifeblood of freelancers in your career.

Here are five deadly traps to avoid when freelancing. If you’re already freelance, pay close attention. This might save you.

Death Trap #1: No backup plan or source of income

From experience, most freelancers don’t really know what freelance is until they finish their first year… When they finish their first year, that’s a big problem. Therefore, if you suddenly decide to tell your boss to give #!@% off and think you can continue to earn income from freelancing, you are taking a huge risk.

As a newbie to the freelance world, you need a period of adjustment to adjust to the requirements. I won’t go into more detail about these needs here, but to name a few there are high/low workload, customer/customer service (yes, you have to make them happy) and invoice/collection.

What often happens with new freelancers is that they initially find that their income is lower than their income in paid positions. This is enough to make many people panic and leave freelancers and restart their career with a fixed salary.

To overcome the “freelance panic” and the needs of freelancers, the best way is not to stop working and do part-time jobs in addition to part-time jobs. Of course, this can cause a very heavy workload, but this is the best way to learn about freelancers in your field without losing any income.

Once you become a freelancer, you may want to reduce the working hours of paid positions as much as possible and increase the workload of freelancers. This method almost guarantees you a smooth transition to freelance.

Now some people can jump right into the ranks of freelancers without holding a salaried position in their professional field. In addition to the requirements of their chosen field, the same requirements still apply to freelancers. Therefore, in this case, side jobs or other sources of income, even if they have nothing to do with their field, are ideal.

Alternative income sources are essential to give you peace of mind and keep you from quitting when freelancers get into trouble. Trust me, they’re going to be hard too.

Death Trap #2: No sense of service

It’s safe to say that most of us have had some kind of job and need to deal with customers in a friendly and helpful way. For those who haven’t, you have to deal with some sort of customer service, whether it’s returning purchased items, complaint services, or accepting help.

In either case, do you remember being called names by “hate” customers or bad service? Do you remember their voices when they were against you?

Then the same applies to your freelance work. Arguing with your clients and mistreating them can help you say goodbye to your freelance career. vice versa. Treat them like you really appreciate their business, they will keep coming back and bring their friends.

All this boils down to a simple concept: a sense of service.

When you sincerely thank your customers, you do little things like getting work done on time, providing quality service, and even answering emails in a timely manner. Things like this make clients feel valued and keep their work going, which is especially important for new freelancers.

One thing to note, however, is that you should draw lines where customers seem to benefit from your friendly treatment. it’s actually very easy. In this case, you should be strict but polite with them. Not surprisingly, most customers will try to see where their dollars will take them. If you keep giving in to the complaint/change request, they will keep coming back more.

The rule of thumb is to always correct the mistakes you have made, but if the requested changes/repairs are not caused by your mistakes, you will be charged. In a polite but strict manner, inform customers that they will not take advantage of you.

Death Trap #3: No Work Schedule

Part of the reason most of us turn to freelancers is to get rid of the busy 9-5 Monday to Friday schedule. We hope to be able to sleep well on Monday morning and, if desired, to rest for three hours. However, what is usually not taken into account is that while we believe that freelancers are free, we still have to work 8 hours or more a day in a week. Sometimes more.

If you are also self-employed at home, you also distract yourself, which affects your working day. After all, a bed, fridge, TV and sofa are all within easy reach of your desk. What you need to do is develop the habit of eliminating these interferences and get yourself used to good work habits.

Creating a work schedule is one of the most important things you can do to develop good work habits. This sounds like a terrible work schedule from your previous job, but here you are free to take care of everything.

The timetable must first determine how long you want (or have to) work during the week. Divide these times by the number of days you work in the week, then plan the time for each day in the weekly schedule. Remember, you can work just as free at 3 a.m. as you do at 3 p.m. The important thing is to stick to those scheduled times, like at work.

While working, keep track of time and make sure to complete the scheduled time. Try not to stop working five minutes earlier and do not start working five minutes later than the start time. Our goal is to cultivate an efficient work habit, not to become an observer like most people did in their old jobs.

Every once in a while you’ll run into an emergency, or maybe you’ve had too much fun the night before to stick to your schedule. Do your best to move these working hours to another day of the week or assign them to the rest of the week.

By getting into the habit of working hours a week, you don’t have to worry about distractions, which usually make freelancers less productive…and low-income.

Death trap #4: Too little charge while working

Beginning freelancers are usually very eager to find a job and are willing to take on work at any cost. Then they soon discovered they weren’t getting the income they thought they were getting and withdrew.

This is one of the biggest mistakes you’ve ever made as a freelancer because it makes it easy for employers to take advantage of it. Even if you are a novice in the field, the work you do has a market price and you are entitled to it.

The key is to know what the quote is for the type of work you do. More specifically, you need to determine the price range that will be paid for a project, within which you know exactly what the requirements are to complete it. Then you bid on items within that range.

Keep in mind that you may need more time to complete a project than more experienced freelancers, but as long as you indicate the lead time to your employer when bidding, it won’t make a difference.

If you are looking for a job and/or are new to the career field, don’t miss out. Remember, many people are looking for freelancers to provide services at your price. You should focus on finding one of them, rather than taking something that happens. Be patient, for they will come.

Death trap #5: don’t follow your production

As a freelancer you formally become a company. As a business, you need to track your work income to understand where you can improve efficiency and grow your business to earn more revenue.

Let me give you an example. Personally, I find that as long as I can pay the rent every month, eat and go out on the weekends, I can make ends meet. If it seems enough, why should I worry about what I’m doing?

The answer is that as a company you want to work efficiently. You may find yourself leaving money on the table like me.

What have I done?

I first record my working hours (see death trap #3 above), then record what I do during those hours. For example, I usually spend a day answering business emails and customer inquiries, then work in my field. I later found out that I would spend too much time emailing (which doesn’t pay!) instead of doing productive work to earn income for myself.

This discovery alone enabled me to limit non-income related business activities and increase my income. The number of hours worked also did not increase as a result.

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