10 Most Common Freelancing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
“We learn from failure, not from success!”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula
Mistakes? We all make mistakes. The thing you should remember is that once you realize that you’ve made a mistake, it’s really important to analyze it and try not to make it again.
When it comes to your career as a new freelancer there are many obstacles on the way, so let’s get started by enumerating the 10 most common freelancing mistakes and how to avoid them:
Accepting Every Project
The no. 1 most common mistake new freelancers make is accepting every project. You don’t need to say yes to every client that comes your way. The whole point of working as a freelancer is to accept jobs you like, and jobs you are able to finish. Accepting projects that you can’t finish or you don’t have skills for may get you a negative feedback.
Not Communicating Enough
Communication between clients and freelancers is of the utmost importance. Do not be afraid of asking extra questions to your client. Communication will help you understand the given project better, and will consequently help you finish it as expected. Remember, communication is the key to success in freelancing business. Check out our resources page for some useful communication tools.
Being Afraid to Ask for Feedback and Referrals to Other Clients
Are you afraid to ask your clients for feedbacks and referrals? Well, don’t be!
They are a free marketing tool you can use for a new opportunity (who knows what is out there waiting for you?). Even though you might not be using referrals now, you will need them in the future development of your successful freelancing career.
Not Researching Your Clients
Do not blindly send out proposals to your new clients. Researching your clients before you start working for them is really important. Whether you do it on Google, LinkedIn or any other page, just do it!
What’s their background?
Are they a real company?
Why would they need your freelancing services?
Make sure to check their website. This kind of research will help you make sure they are real clients with serious business intentions.
Making Same Mistakes All Over Again
As a freelancer you will make a mistake eventually. It is inevitable; however, there’s nothing shameful about it. The most important thing about making a mistake is to LEARN from it. By that I mean that you should analyze your mistakes and try to avoid them in the future. If you don’t learn from your own mistakes, you risk repeating them all over again, and this may impact the development of your career as a freelancer.
Avoiding making connections with other freelancers
Are you avoiding connecting with other freelancers? You are missing out on a great opportunity. Not only could your new contacts lead you to new “gigs” in the future, but you might also hear some inside business information that you normally wouldn’t hear.
Time Zone Difference
Time zone difference is a common problem among freelancers and clients. It’s always important to know which time zone you and your clients are in. This website will keep you up to date at all times.
Taking Advantage of Free Resources
Free resources? Yeeees!
You would be amazed how many free tools are there for freelancers.
Free resources can help you make your work so much easier and well organized. When I started out as a freelancer, I had no idea how many tools are out there. Using them helped me save time and organize my projects better.
Check out our resources page for some FREE tools.
Not Treating Freelancing Like Your Own Business
As a freelancer, you are CEO of your own small business. Your success will be equal to your desire to succeed. You have transitioned from a full-time (9 to 5) job to freelancing because of your skills and your will to help your new clients.
Don’t let your clients treat you like an employee just because they have employees themselves. You are the boss here. In freelancing business the rights of the clients and freelancers are the same.
Setting Your Rates Low
Setting your rate low while starting your freelancing career isn’t always a good move. Are you charging your clients enough? We will be writing more in the future on how to set your rates, so stay tuned!
Now, we would like to hear from you!
What is the most common problem or mistake that you came across in your freelancing career? Share your stories with us. We will gladly listen to your stories and share them with our fellow freelancers.