Top 5 Mistakes of a Beginner Freelancer | Celeb 1NEWS

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Here are 5 of the most common mistakes that a beginner freelancer can make, and advice on how not to make mistakes.

Working From Morning to Night

The aspiring freelancer often works without lunch or weekends. His schedule is such that he doesn’t leave home for weeks, spending over 12 hours at the computer with no days off. Why this happens:

  • Doesn’t accurately estimate how long it will take per order. For example, he hopes to write a text in a couple of hours, but in reality, it takes him five hours.
  • Doesn’t have time for revision.
  • Can’t concentrate on work without the usual “from 8 to 5” schedule. For example, he bets via 22Bet instead or watches YouTube instead of completing work tasks.

How not to make mistakes?

  • Set aside more time for each task. For example, if you take an order to write an article, set aside 2-3 days, depending on your experience and speed. Leave time to review the material, to make possible revisions before sending the text to the customer.
  • Set up your own work schedule. But try to work no more than 8 hours a day.
  • Don’t take a lot of orders at once. If you are learning a new specialty, it is better to take no more than 1-2 orders, depending on their volume.
  • Add training to your work schedule. This way you will gain new skills, your services will be worth more, and there will be no need to take many orders to earn enough.

Taking a Lot of Work Without Saying No

A beginner freelancer often takes more orders than he can handle without breaking a sweat because he’s afraid to refuse and lose a client, and can’t estimate his workload.

What should you do when a client approaches you, but you can’t take the order?

  • Let them know that you are busy and put projects on hold. For example, you can say, “I’d like to take on a project, but I won’t be able to in a week.”
  • Ask to contact you in advance, for example 1-2 weeks in advance. Perhaps the client’s project is not urgent, and he will agree to cooperate later.
  • Recommend a colleague who can replace you.

Not Discussing Terms With the Client

A novice freelancer may forget to agree on a deadline, not discuss the scope of work or not sign a document, and then fear that the customer will stop contacting you and the work will not be paid.

How not to make mistakes?

  • Work according to a contract and prepayment. An adequate customer reacts to such terms of cooperation with understanding.
  • Arrange for self-employment. In particular, this allows you to quickly and easily generate reporting documents for the customer
  • Write down in the contract what kind of work you are taking on. It’s worth discussing with the customer exactly what needs to be done and how he sees the end result. Agree on when you start and finish the work, what information you need in order to start working. It’s better to spell out in the contract that if, for example, the customer does not provide the necessary information in time, the responsibility for failure to meet deadlines lies with him, not the contractor
  • The deadline within which the customer undertakes to check the work and give you feedback, how many iterations of corrections you are ready to make.

Accepting Orders With a Low Check

At the beginning of your journey, when you first entered the profession, it’s okay to work for little money. But freelancers often agree to work for very modest fees even when they have already gained experience, a client base, and training. Never be afraid to raise the price of their services.

How not to make a mistake?

  • Collect a portfolio, reviews. You can present a few of your best works in your portfolio so as not to overload your attention. And reviews will show that you are in demand and reliable specialist whose services are worth paying for
  • Create a price list. Describe in detail what services you provide and how much they cost. Cannot decide on the final price? Then you can say that the prices are approximate and the exact cost of the service is calculated individually.

Not Leading Social Networks

Social media is one of the platforms on which a freelancer can look for new orders. Many newbies ignore this opportunity. Take the time to design a social media page and present yourself on it as a professional freelancer.

How not to make a mistake?

  • Put a quality photo on the homepage. The shot should be clear, business style, in good daylight and against a calm background. You should have an open face and a relaxed pose.
  • Write about your profession. This can be expert opinion, interesting moments of the work process, customer feedback.
  • Leave comments in thematic discussions. Interesting statements can attract the attention of a future customer.


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