I wanted for a long time to start this topic after my experience here on Fiverr. I wanted to share what I have been threw, what I learned and I strongly believe that those stuff can help somebody to decide whether they want a freelance career or not.
There are many things that can be said for that category so in order not to waste your time I narrowed them down so I would share the most important.
Working as a freelancer is so lonely. I remember waking up, making a coffee and some breakfast and started working. I wanted company and I had none while working, so I had to do something about it. I downloaded books in audio form so I could listen someone while working . Of course you can work with a partner if you have a larger business running but I couldn’t afford it.
On the other hand it has some benefits, like distractions are minimized, there is no boss yelling or pressuring you but this is a trap that I will continue in number 2.
2. Self Discipline
While working as a freelancer you may be so relaxed that you stay up all night and wake up late or you wake up early with a serious difficulty waking up and ruin your biological clock. Working alone doesn’t mean you can do that. You must be a professional and of course be able to deliver the best the possible quality of work to your clients if you want to succeed.
3.Make an Everyday Todo List and Make Sure you Achieve your Goals
As previously said, there is no one around you to keep you on track and this may end up you being on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram all day. You must make a todo list of what jobs you have to complete and make sure you complete it. Also, set goals for the future so you keep being motivated each day.
4.You Deal with Customers.
Whether you like it or not, you have to deal with your customers. You must keep your phone close so you won’t miss an opportunity working with a new customer or solve questions of your existing customers but don’t over do it. Set some hours of the day just for you with no phone. Being a freelancer doesn’t mean you don’t have a personal life and live only for your clients.
5. Learn to Negotiate.
This is very interesting thing I learned working on fiverr. Learn to sell your skills. Check this out, it has many information that are like GOLD (Art of Negotiation). We all work for making money right? Why can’t we make more from doing the same job? This is the power of negotiation.
6. Don’t Let Anger Take Over.
An unreasonably demanding customer that rejects your work or a buyer that uses abusive language is something that will probably piss you off and may end up exchanging “french” between you and the buyer. I did once and I regret it. There will always be a person that will piss you off but you have to be professional. You will probably spend your creative hours of making cash by swearing a low iq person. Does it really worth it? Try to calm the buyer but he/she doesn’t retreat just move on.
7. Keep a Budget for Dry Season.
You get 5-10 sales per day, make 100+ $ per day and you feel great, so you start spending with no limit because you think that money will keep coming back day after day. What I learned the hard way is that something may happen and your sales will drop to 0 for long and then will back again. Keep some money for that hard days. There will come don’t fool yourself.
This is some experiences I had and I wanted to share with you. I hope I am helping people that are considering entering freelancing career. Older sellers, please share advice in comments.