I came accros this article and it really hits the nail on the head !
Excellent points (semi quote):
[b:1b88f9a737]Here are some other marks of a self-disciplined freelancer:[/b:1b88f9a737]
[*:1b88f9a737] [b:1b88f9a737]Is Reliable.[/b:1b88f9a737] To succeed as a freelancer, your clients absolutely must be able to count on you. When they hand off a project to you, your clients must know that the work is in good hands and that it will be done.
[*:1b88f9a737] [b:1b88f9a737]Judges Required Work Effort Well.[/b:1b88f9a737] A good freelancer can judge how much work effort is needed and will not intentionally overload themselves. Rather, they will recommend another freelancer if their workload is too great.
[*:1b88f9a737] [b:1b88f9a737]Delivers Quality.[/b:1b88f9a737] There is no room in the freelancing world for shoddy work or taking shortcuts. A successful freelancer knows that they must deliver quality workmanship each and every time that they complete a project.
[*:1b88f9a737] [b:1b88f9a737]Meets or Beats Deadlines.[/b:1b88f9a737] A deadline is a commitment and a freelancer must have the self-discipline to meet it even when it means working additional or inconvenient hours to do so.
[*:1b88f9a737] [b:1b88f9a737]Asks the Tough Questions.[/b:1b88f9a737] Everyone hates confrontation, but sometimes you must question a client to get the information you need to complete a project (or to get paid on time).
[*:1b88f9a737] [b:1b88f9a737]Doesnâ€™t Quit if Project Gets Difficult.[/b:1b88f9a737] Despite your best plans, a project may prove to be more difficult than you thought it would be. A self-disciplined (and successful) freelancer doesnâ€™t give up.
[quote:1b88f9a737]Excellent article. I especially love the part with the bullits for a self-disciplined freelancer !
Iâ€™d like to add the myth that freelancers are expensive by means of charging high rates for lectures.
Example: you give a masterclass or some training and ask $300 a person. The class takes a whole day ( 8hrs ). Most people would calculate you â€˜earnâ€™ $300 / 8hrs = $ 37.5 per hour per person who takes your classes. What is left out in that calculationâ€¦ is all the hours preparing your lectures, doing research, getting the presentation to your standards etcâ€¦[/quote:1b88f9a737]
In reply by [url=http://www.writingthoughts.com/]Laura Spencer[/url] :
[quote:1b88f9a737]Good myth Ramon – and actually it could apply to a lot of areas.
Most people just think of the obvious part of the freelance job as being â€œthe work.â€ But, freelancers must keep up to date on the skills and there are many other â€œbehind the scenesâ€ tasks that need to be done.[/quote:1b88f9a737]
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