When it comes to freelancing, finding a client to write for is just half of the story. The other half involves keeping your job and (if you’re quite lucky) encouraging the client to raise your rates and/or recommend you to other clients. Read on below for a quick look on the most common but quite disastrous mistakes that freelancers — from writers to designers to developers — commit which often prompt clients to end a project.
You Chronically Do Not Submit Your Work on Time.
If you don’t adhere to deadlines and chronically turn in projects way past the agreed date, you are in trouble. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re the most fluent writer out there. To avoid this mistake, always give yourself an extra day or two just in case shit happens.
If a client gives you a deadline which spells impossible in your vocabulary, do not agree to it right away. Instead, provide a timeline explaining why the original deadline won’t work.
You Handle Criticism Poorly.
Keep in mind that when you write, design, or develop an app for clients, you are paid to please them, not yourself. While picky clients are really a pain in the neck, consider each negative feedback as an opportunity for you to learn.
You might also want to deeply understand why the client wants a certain request. Knowing the whys will most likely lead you to not taking the feedback personally.
You Do Not Correspond in a Timely Manner.
Every so often, you need to correspond to your client regarding progress of your work. Do not wait for your client to send you a follow-up email reminding you to respond to their previous email. While ignoring emails for the sake of productivity is a common practice nowadays, assess the urgency of an email. If it needs to be taken cared of right away, craft your reply and hit the send button!
How about you? Are you guilty of the mistakes mentioned above?