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From An Experienced Freelancer: Five Things Nobody Tells You About Freelancing
By Sophia Hyder, 10 May 2016
Freelance web designer Eric Karkovack has over 20 years of experience under his belt. He wrote a piece for Web Designer Depot about some things he’s picked up about freelancing throughout his career. Although rewarding, it’s not all good times. For a beginner freelancer, it’s important to know what to expect.
Here are the five things no one tells you about freelancing. You can view his original article here.
You are not your own boss.
Some people have the misconception that freelancing means that you can do whatever you want whenever you want. If you want your business to be successful, you have to realize that like other businesses, the success of freelancing is reliant on clients. Although it’s more flexible than a nine to five job, you still have to be responsible.
You need a sixth sense for people.
With good clients will come bad clients, and you have to prepare to turn people down. If an email or phone call leaves you feeling uneasy, you might be better off not taking the project. As Karkovack says, “While it may hurt the old bank account to turn down a project, you may find that it’s more expensive to work with someone who is volatile.” Do some research on your potential clients to get a feel of how it will be like working with them.
You’ll see your kids grow up.
Working from home allows you to spend more time with your family. If you don’t have children yet, you can spend more time with your partner, pets, plants, and especially, yourself. Karkovack admits that it can be hectic on some days, but it’s days like that that remind you that there’s more to just work.
You’ll need help.
You should never be afraid of bringing in extra help in areas you are not familiar in, or just require an extra pair of hands on. Even if you are familiar, you might not have the time to handle all aspects of your business. If you do not have anyone you can fall back on for professional help, Karkovack recommends networking to get to know professionals in your area. Let’s say you don’t pursue a professional relationship with them, at least there will be a few people who can relate to you.
You’ll be just fine.
Freelancing might seem intimidating at first, but Karkovack assures, “Most things that are worth doing aren’t easy.” With talent, dedication, and the drive to improve, you will be able to take your freelancing business far, gaining valuable experience along the way.
[via Web Design Depot, image via Shutterstock]
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