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4 Tips For Successful Freelancers | Freelance Sprout | Find, Start, and Grow Your Dream Freelance Business
Read the six part series on creating a freelance business plan
 

4 Tips For Successful Freelancers

Date January 16, 2009


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If you currently work as a freelancer or are considering freelance work,  it is vital for the success of your business to know what to do as well as what not to do.  Bad decisions that you make either big or small can result in the loss of a lot of money for a freelancer.  Here are four things that you can do to keep your creativity and money flowing:

1) Keep a positive attitude.  Just as with anything in life, it is vital to the health of not only your business but your mental and emotional well being to keep a positive attitude. As a freelancer you likely have the gift of self confidence, after all, many people are not able to step outside the normal 9-5 job to pursue working for themselves.  Even so, you may experience times when your confidence is shaken and you start to second guess yourself. You may finish a project and go back to it the next day and think it is not good enough.  Do not allow self-doubt to take over, you need to remain both confident and positive about your ability to finish the task at hand.

2) Make a schedule and stick to it.   Ok, let’s be honest most people who do freelance work do so for the opportunity to work without the confines of a schedule.  With that in mind, you must remember who pays your bills - your clients! More than likely, although you don’t necessary have a set schedule,  your clients very well may.  It is important that you are able to manage your time in such a way that you are able to provide contracted work in a timely and efficient manner and according to your client’s needs.  To do this you must have the ability to organize and prioritize your work assignments so you are able to turn in the finished project on time.  Your schedule may be a bit different than the traditional 9-5′er but the fact remains you should still have a schedule to keep your projects in order.

3) Have something to offer.  Before you approach a potential client, make sure you do your homework.  You should have a solid understanding of your clients’ business in addition to a proposal for how you can help their business succeed.  You don’t want to offend a potential client by contacting them looking for “work” without putting forth the effort examine what needs you are able to meet.

4) Don’t insult potential clients.  This may seem like a no-brainer, but many new and zealous freelancers are so eager to impress potential clients they forget their manners and end up approaching potential clients in a way that may be viewed as insulting. While you want to come across as confident and knowledgeable, you do not want to do so by putting down the client’s current projects.  This attitude will surely not only garner little work but also leave a lasting impression…..a bad one.

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