In the world of freelancing, winter is always coming.. and opportunities can go stark naked in an instance. If you’re a fan of the popular HBO hit series, we’ll add up to all the online uproar that made the Web buzzing with the infamous Red Wedding scene. For those who don’t know what this television drama is all about, Game of Thrones is an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels. We have been writing straightforward tips on how you can play your cards right as a successful freelancer and this time, let’s take the back seat as we learn a few, worthwhile lessons from the TV screen. Let’s begin!
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You feel like you’re on a lucky streak as you got interviewed for a job that seems to be a perfect fit.. until that proverbial sound of silence that lasted for days or worse, for weeks. Wouldn’t things be so much better if clients tell you that you’re accepted (or not) for the job? Most often, freelancers are left guessing on their own as to what went wrong.. and a thousand and one answers that gnaws on their very own sanity. How you wish you can sleep better at night, knowing the answer to that question. When the final call never comes, what should you do?
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.
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.
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.
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 there’s one way to describe today’s market, I’d say welcome to the ‘Age of Skeptics’ – where selling your skills as an expert has become more complicated than ever. Thanks to the internet revolution, businesses have utterly changed the way they make decisions in buying or hiring your services. Your clients are better-informed and all they have to do is type in your name on Google to see what comes up. What works today is something that didn’t work back then. We have been posting tips on how freelancers can market their skills better and hope that those who are struggling will learn to market their expertise – starting with knowing the truths behind the science of marketing.