We have all been here and some of you still might be here in the freelance world, so you know all the pros and cons that come with freelancing on your own. We are going to give you some easy tips to make your process and flow smoother. Before we became a team at pixel8 each one of us started off as freelancers so we have had enough horror stories to know what you go through.
Tip #1 “Contracts” : Doing work for a friend or family or even referral you may think no contract is necessary because what could go wrong right? That is where you are wrong! You should make yourself a contract for every project and client you work on, which entails key information such as job description, what is expected, deliverables and of course payments. You would be surprised how much hassle this contract will save you, this makes all plans of the project clear before starting, no surprises ensuring everyone is on the same page. Aren't you tired of extra changes, reviews, feedback and work or even worse late payment. We all know that client who wants everything NOW, NOW, NOW and have a lot of feedback and extra changes but when it's time to pay they are the most delayed.. Yea this contract will be your saving grace. Not to mention the headache it'll save you from. It also makes you look more professional and gives your clients that assurance you're serious about what you're offering.
Tip #2 “Communication” : This is not everyone's strong suit and we understand but this is essential for the relationship and to growing loyal clients. We recommend communicating the process with your client for each project, even a simple update to keep them in the loop. Not only does it make them feel involved and valued it also assures you that you're getting all the necessary information needed for the project. As a freelancer if you are able to provide great work and results on top of a good experience for your clients it will go a long way.
Tip #3 “Review” : Now that you have got your project in order on top of keeping the client engaged now is the final deliverable. Once you have delivered on the project it doesn't hurt to ask them to leave a review about their experience online, whether it be on your facebook page, google review whatever works best for you. It's best to get their review within the first couple of days while their experience with you is still fresh and memorable. It's like getting a new car. You love it and are excited in the beginning but over time you don't get the same feeling as you did when you first drove your new car. The same principle applies here to getting your review in the start as they will be more inclined to leave a positive review. This will also go a long way for the longevity of your freelancing, growing organic growth plus giving prospects that assurance of your reliability.