We’ve all known that competition is tough when it comes to freelancing and at a certain point, we have to beef up our skills in order to compete. The question here is not so much of how, but how often should freelancers go about taking the time off to learn something new – to enhance their portfolio and help them raise their rates. Complacency is the biggest nemesis of seasoned freelancers and yes, they may be pretty good at what they do right now, but are they the best?
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When opportunities become fewer and competition is stiffer than ever, freelancers are left wondering what will become of their career? The current economic blow makes it tougher for everyone and as many are joining a new elite workforce in the freelancing sphere, just how can you find yourself working on a decent job that will allow for a decent living?
When it comes to setting rates right, freelancers have been debating as to which bar to set it to and more often, they ended up doing it – wrong. Having been active in plenty of freelancers’ forums online, one of the hot topic for debate is setting up minimum rates. Though this move may weed out those one-dollar-an-hour job that we used to read a lot on many online job marketplaces, it will jeopardize the chances of you asking for a higher rate since clients can always stick to the minimum bid. Just how do you really determine what your skills are really worth?
With the rise in demand for freelance experts comes a new breed of project managers, of those working remotely at the comforts of their home ( or wherever there’s an internet connection ). Unlike the conventional way of managing things, when remote managers don’t have the luxury of meeting their subordinates in real time, just how can they make the team work seamlessly to deliver a project’s success online?
The issue of collecting payment from clients is something freelancers don’t really like to talk about. But a lot of us have been stiffed, no matter how we don’t like to admit. Here’s the scenario: You agree to work for a dream project with a decent budget and you have a wonderful client or project manager who tells you not to worry about things. That person may even send you a deposit as a sign of goodwill… until the next payment due date comes. What will you do if your payment is past due?
Have you ever felt you’ve got too much to do and wished you had more than 24 hours a day? You’re not alone. In fact, a lot of freelancers who are juggling between work and personal lives have been in a constant struggle for productivity. If guerrilla time management tactics and time management tools simply don’t work for you, perhaps it is high time to go back to the basics of following the 80-20 rule.
What’s the biggest challenge that any freelancer, new or old, faces each day? It’s how to detect and avoid freelance scams on the Web. With so many online bidding sites that offer countless opportunities to earn comes a multitude of clients who are in for a play. One of the most frustrating experience any freelancer has is how they took all that time and effort in applying for a job, working on it… only to find out that it was a total scam. How can freelancers protect themselves?
What can be worse than failure? It’s not admitting that you are the very cause of it. If it’s your first time subcontracting work to a team of freelance experts from locations A to Z, know that it takes more than effective communication and video conferencing tools that will determine your project’s success. Just how do you position your project to achieve stellar results? It simply means resisting the blame-game, no matter how easy it is to do so.
Having worked on freelance bidding sites three years to date, payment protection is something that remains a major concern for many freelancers online. If the system were all but perfect, then, we wouldn’t read countless stories where ‘smart’ clients manipulated the system for their own good. Many had been burned and these scrupulous businesses are out there to lay their hands on their next victim. What makes you feel you’re really protected on the Web?