You’d think I’m crazy right?
Many of us have a specialty we provide for our clients and that’s the full extent of our business.
Others might sell paid products like e-books or teach classes, but for the most part a freelancer’s income is directly impacted by the amount of work they output.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Making more money doesn’t have to mean taking on extra work, or figuring out how you’re going to manage an entire month on four hours of sleep.
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Posted April 10, 2011 in Managing Clients
As freelancers, we naturally tend to think that this lack of understanding is the client’s fault. But, what if the client rarely hires freelancers? There have been a few times when a client who hired me told me that I was the first freelance writer they ever hired. Would it be fair of me to expect them to fully understand everything that goes into freelance writing?
As freelancers, it’s up to us to educate our clients about the work that we do. In this post, I’ll discuss some ways that you can educate your clients about the true amount of effort that goes into a project. It’s a little bit of extra effort, but by doing so you’ll not only help your own future relations with the client, you’ll be helping them deal fairly with any future freelancers down the road.
During my first few years online, I spent a lot of time working as a freelancer, consulting for firms who wanted internet marketing services. For the last few years, however, I’ve been on the other side of the fence. I’ve been the client. The employer.
I tried very hard to be the best freelancer I could be (and charged a fair rate) but there are some things I just didn’t know that I could have been doing better for my clients. I didn’t know these things…until I discovered that I wanted them from other people.
The following tips come after working with dozens of freelancers, and include what I would have liked to have seen from each of them. Hopefully you can use a tip or two to improve your own freelancing services.
Posted April 3, 2011 in Managing Clients
Clients are what keep every company in business. Unfortunately, not every client/freelancer relationship is an easy one. This is why stress about potential problems or irritation with difficult clients is natural. However, you cannot let any client anxiety stop you from building loyal customers, gaining new clients, and growing a strong business.
In this post, we’ll provide you with some steps that you can use to put your mind (and the client’s mind) at ease.
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