Freelancing is a great way to make money and be in control of your own schedule.
Do it right, and freelancing is a great way to make money online.
Do any of these mistakes that stop you from freelancing success and you are on the road to hell.
By now, it should be clear to you that freelancing is not all sunshine and rainbows. Here we'll discuss mistakes you might be making right now that are stopping you from being successful with freelancing:
No goals. No freelancing
Freelancing is a business. You'd never start a business without ever knowing why you started it in the first place, what your ultimate objectives are with your business, and your big "why". There are entrepreneurs who start businesses with a clear exit plan.
So, what's your big "why" with freelancing? What are your goals? Write them down. Clearly. Maybe even visible on a giant poster on the wall.
If you don't know where you're trying to go, how will you know when and if you've arrived? Figure out your end goal. Do it now.
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Do your research
One of the biggest mistakes most freelancers do is jump with a laptop, hands, and feet. Jump right in. Without looking left or right. Not even a simple Google search.
Competition is fierce in freelancing. There are several people looking to make freelancing their primary source of income.
When I first started freelancing, I got myself a client who'd pay me $35 for 125 articles (delivered each week).
That's absolutely ridiculous, even if it was 18 years ago.
Don't do the mistake I made when I started.
Do your research.
Find out how much the usual rates for freelancers in your niche are. Start there.
Don't do "free" Work
I don't care who you are or what your aunt taught you about pricing. Whatever you do, don't ever provide free work for clients.