The most important trait of a freelancer

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!

 

 

Multi-tasking or Single-tasking?

multitaskingThe term multi-tasking is more popular than single-tasking because it is a common word in the household or the office. Mothers usually say that they multi-task because there’s a lot do at home especially when kids are around. It is also a usual scenario for working moms. You may see them answering the calls while washing the dishes. You may also see them doing the laundry and at the same time cleaning the house. In an office set-up, you will see a customer service representative speaking to a client while typing the queries and checking the customer’s account.

They are superheroes of multi-tasking because they can finish a lot of things in a short period of time. However, many business leaders believe that multi-tasking is not the way to finish all the errands. They practice single-tasking which is more efficient.

Focus

Single-tasking develops focus. If you have a focus on your work, you don’t skip from one task to another. It helps you to finish one project at a time. For example, you are a freelance writer and your client requires you to write 10 articles to be submitted the next day. If you don’t have focus, you will be tempted to skip from one topic to another especially if you find yourself in a mental block. Imagine if you skip all the topics, you may end up having 10 unfinished projects when the deadline comes. Does it happen? Yes, it does. It happens because you lost focus. It’s easy to skip towards one project but it’s not easy to get back to your old project. If you are not convinced yet, try to recall your big project and ask yourself if it’s done according to your timeline. You may notice that the struggle to finish the project is greater when it’s already moving away your deadline.

The rule of thumb: Finish your project one at a time.

Quality

The primary reason behind multi-tasking is the quantity of work done and not the quality of the product. If you are after the quantity, multi-tasking works for you. However, in the freelancing world, quality matters. You are submitting a product that will be used by the company. Your work is the representation of the company so you need to make sure that you deliver quality work all the time.

The rule of thumb: If you have a big load of projects, start early and finish your project one at a time.

3 freelancing myths that shocked newbies

In the freelancing business, you will not survive if you are not a risk-taker. The nature of the work is against the flow of the mainstream. So, don’t get surprised if you will not get any support from your family or any of your friends, especially if their work is a 9-to-5 job. Unless, you show them your paycheck, that’s the time they will believe that you are earning from your freelancing gigs.

If you think you have the guts to be a freelancer, then, I must welcome you in the world where I live.

Calculated Risk

Many business owners suggest that you need to be a risk-taker so you can achieve success in the business. However, when they mean risk, it is equivalent to calculated risk. A calculated risk means that you grab the opportunity, but you also consider the effort and time that you will use and save.

In this article, you will learn the forever popular myths that shocked many freelancers, including myself. I’ll show you the risk and how it should be calculated.

Home-based work

Freelancing is not synonymous to home-based work. When we talk about freelancing, it means that a freelancer (he) do not have a long-term commitment to an employer. He does not find an employer, instead, he finds a client. The longevity of the work depends on the contract of the project or the performance of the freelancer.

A freelancer can work from home, but he can also work outside his home. Good examples of freelancers that work away from home are the freelance photographers and event planners, although some have home office.

Good-paying job

Seasoned freelancers can tell you that they receive good payouts. However, if you are new in the field, it is the other way around. There are clients who will bargain your service which means that you will be paid with a price of peanuts. If you do not have a professional  portfolio, you will likely to accept the deal. I believe it is a common scenario for newbies. However, if you want to survive in this field, you need to learn to raise your value by providing exceptional service at all times.

You’re the boss

A freelancer is a boss, but he is also a representation of the departments in a company. He is a marketing department because he needs to market his service. He is also a finance department because he is responsible for getting the payment from the clients. He follows up when he do not receive the payments. In a simple way to describe it, he does all the job. You can change this course once you receive good payouts.