It’s my third post for the week and thank you for following my blog. This post is dedicated to all aspiring freelancers who wants to enter the chaotic world of freelancing. I hope the statement still encourages you to take the freelancing path. Anyway, I’ll just finish my introduction and proceed to the most important trait of a freelancer which is “the ability to work with less supervision.” Yes, you read it right. Most clients look for freelancers who can work with less supervision especially those who work remotely and those who work in different time zones. You can imagine the challenge in the part of the client in the set-up that I just mentioned. Clients do not want delays and freelancers must understand that it is a crucial requirement for every project they commit. If you want to master the trait, here are some effective ways that you can follow.
Evaluate the project
When a client asks for your service, you need to listen to his needs. You are required to check the specification of the project and the way it should be executed. The project has deadlines which you must check as well. Apart from the specification and deadlines, you must also ask yourself if you understand the project and if you have the tools that the project needs. These two questions will help you to master the trait.
Ask the client
If you do not understand the project, even if you understand it clearly, it is necessary that you ask the client. The safest question that will not make you sound like a newbie is, “[Summarize and paraphrase the instruction] + did I get it right?” This simple formula works all the time. It will give your client the hint that you understand the project and you are not giving your own interpretation. However, using the formula too often will give your client a hint that you are not the right person for the job.
Request for tools
There are times that you do not have the tools that the project requires. If you don’t have it and you don’t have any resources tell it to your client. However, most of the time, the client expects you to have the tool. If your lucky, your request will be granted.
God bless on your journey to freelancing! Enjoy the ride!