Posted August 2, 2010 in Getting Started
There are some freelancing mistakes and pitfalls that you can easily avoid, if you are aware of them. And no, I’m not talking about grammar or spelling mistakes here, either.
Before I get too far into this post, I need to confess that I learned about a few of these freelancing mistakes the hard way–that is to say, I made the mistakes myself. Other mistakes I learned about secondhand from freelancing comments on forums and blogs. But, just because I made some mistakes when I started out doesn’t mean you have to make them too. In fact, that’s part of what Freelance Folder is all about, freelancers helping freelancers to succeed.
In this post, I’ll list 26 common mistakes that freelancers make when they are starting out–mistakes that you can avoid because you’re reading this post. I’ll start with the mistakes that I’ve noticed and wrap the post up with mistakes that other Freelance Folder writers have blogged about. :-)
“However, because I lack a marketing background, I am concerned that clients may be hesitant to hire me. How can I transition from academia to this type of writing career?”
That’s a valid concern—one that some of you may also have if you’re exploring the freelance path. And while neither an email response nor a blog post will do the topic justice, I can at least provide you with some general direction and advice.
There have been several debates on whether or not you should specialize your services. It’s almost as heated as a debate as whether or not you should charge hourly or project rates.
However, I firmly believe that specializing my services and clientele was what really allowed my own business to take off and succeed.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
While most freelancers experience lower start up costs than other types of businesses, nearly all freelancers will wind up having to pay some money to start and maintain their freelance business. In this post, we’ll list some of the costs that you might expect to pay as a freelancer.
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