As you may have noticed in our past few posts, we’ve been writing more tips on how you can truly understand your clients.. and this is all for a very good reason. If you’re a full time freelancer, then.. all the more that you need to ensure that your well of freelancing projects don’t dry up. It’s not just about getting ahead of other freelancers in your niche that matters; this time, you have to smarten up and learn how you can convince that client to hire you otherwise.. and on your terms. It’s about time that you learn to use their excuses to your advantage and win them over. Truth be told, your clients are human and underneath all those reasons lie a secret hope that you may be able to help them solve their problems.
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There’s a big difference between those who only dream and those who succeed. It’s that extra something that sets freelancers apart. When you have decided to take that risk, to step out of employment’s safety net and seek your own destiny, that’s the time you have joined this invincible circle of the brave, of those who have acknowledged their worst fears and still.. took that giant leap of fate into the unknown. The good news? You are a survivor. You are a fearless freelancer, a maverick, a true badass in your niche.
Many clients go out there looking for a freelancer and not knowing exactly what they need. For this reason, we see lots of misleading ads posted on job boards online and client-freelancer mismatch stories. This scenario is too common that it has become part of a freelancer’s everyday lingo.. and sadly, it comes with countless missed opportunities just because you failed to educate these clients on what you can offer. The funner part? You get to explain things over and over ( my shot at sarcasm ). If there’s one truth you need to know right now, it’s this: Educating your client is the best sales pitch you can ever make.
At some point in our freelancing lives, there was that instance when you wished you could read your clients mind. But no matter how hard you try to see through that magic crystal ball you concocted inside your head, you can only hope to have a clearer understanding of what it is that clients want. As you try to dig deeper, the task seems to be getting harder and this is why you have more rejections than opportunities of getting hired to do the work. The ratio is too far off that you begin to question your persuasion skills, not to mention, your sanity. If only you knew what they want…
What’s your work style? You may have encountered this question when clients interview you for a freelancing gig. Sounds like a simple question, but a rather challenging one to answer, especially when you’re not sure about yourself and what you can do for the client. The last thing you want is to be put on the hot seat as you get evaluated for your personality. When a potential client asks you to explain you work style, this open-ended question can catch you off guard. Is it about explaining how you work with others.. or what your work habits are? Should you give a one-phrase answer or elaborate? Whatever the answer is, it all starts with HONESTY.
Freelancers, are you ready when opportunity knocks? Game-changing freelancing projects are a plenty and chasing that dream job is like joining a triathlon for many. Yet, if you get that call when you least expected, you want to shine bright like a diamond ( so the song goes ).. to up your chances of getting hired to do the work. Whether it’s an informal conversation offline or online, know that each time you network presents a chance for you to be “the one” that they are looking for. Ever heard of someone landing his dream job after having run into someone on his way to the restroom? Hilarious, right? Believe it or not, things like this happen for real.
Finding a good client is like searching for a unicorn in the middle of the Amazon forest. What are the odds that you will find one? One major pain that we freelancers experience is the nightmare client. They are what you can call a wolf in a sheep’s clothing, looking like a promising prospect that will drain you later of time, strength, profit and not to mention – sanity. Exaggeration? You must probably noticed how I vividly painted a picture through words.. But trust me, those who have encountered these type of clients would have told you something worse than what I am writing of right now.
With the coming of Spring comes rebirth… and this is the perfect time to reinvent your ideal career as a freelancer. For those who have been freelancing for years, they know that success don’t simply happen overnight. You may, at some point, have asked yourself: What’s Next? Unlike employees who follow a career path that will move them up the corporate ladder, freelancers follow a dynamic work structure that makes obtaining a statute somewhat different. Most often, they’re spending more than eight hours of work each day and the idea of taking things to the next level is often abandoned or ignored. No matter, we hope to bring you back to that perspective.
If there’s such a thing as a perfect freelancing world, life would have been a bliss for many of us who are trying to make ends meet. But, the story doesn’t happen that way. At some point, conflicts are inevitable and you can either take plight or take up a fight. A fellow freelancer’s call for help on what to do in times when clients and contractors are walking on parallel lines had inspired me to write this post. I’d like to start off by saying that clients should be treated like customers to your business – they may not always be right, but they deserve to be treated right.
If you write it, they will come? Not really. There’s a big difference between the usual resume objective and carefully-crafted branding statements: Boredom. There’s nothing wrong with writing your career goals, only that it can put your prospective clients to sleep and kill your chances of getting hired. A lot of job seekers have been debating lately if it’s still practical to put an objective on their resume. There are those who say yes and then, there are those who say that you have to ditch this practice. If there’s any truth to any of these, it’s this: You can’t attract A-list clients with boring job objectives.