TIPS FOR FREELANCERS

Follow schedules like religion

Being your own master can be a double edged sword. Make a schedule and follow it strictly. It will help you finish projects within deadlines. Clients like to deal with people who are punctual. It shows how professional you are.

Don’t take on too much

Freelancers are always on the lookout for work, but that shouldn’t make you say yes’ to every project that comes your way. Take on only as many projects as you can manage within the given time frame. It is better to say ‘no’ than agree to do something that will not be delivered on time.

Invest in technology

     Don’t be tight fisted while buying productivity tools. This is less of an expense and more of an investment. If some software helps reduce your workload and enhances productivity, it’s worth the money and the MBs it occupies on your laptop. Buy the stuff you need right now.

Use social media

Social media is a great way not only to catch up with old friends but to make business contacts. Use this channel to connect with potential clients by showcasing your talent and getting endorsements from past clients.

Don’t undercut

The market is very competitive. In your desperation to get work, don’t quote too low a price. It gives the impression that the work quality is questionable. There are freelancers who write content for as little as 50 paisa a word. However such work is often coupled from websites. Good writers charge 5-8 Rs a word.

Save for a rainy day

As a freelancer, your income will be lumpy. You might get paid a huge sum in one month but nothing for the next two. Don’t squander money when the going is good. Save as much as you can, so that it acts as a buffer during the slack months.

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