Do you know what Michael Jordan has to say about failure?
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
That’s right, even Michael Jordan was once a rookie. And like all beginners, he didn’t know what he was doing, but what made him stand out from the rest of his teammates was his perseverance and his mindset.
The world of freelancing is not that different.
Mistakes are bound to happen - you just have to learn from them.
In today’s blog post, we’ll elaborate on some of the most common mistakes beginners freelancers make, so you can see whether you’ve been making them yourself. Take it from us - almost half of our team here at Brybe.com are former freelancers, so we know a thing or two about your struggles.
1. Using Unprofessional Email
It’s surprising how many freelancers are not upset at all that their professional email is something like [email protected].
I mean, I’m a huge Soprano fan myself, but I don’t use that reference in my professional email.
Here’s the thing - when you’re starting your freelance journey, it’s easy to forget about the little things, like this one, for example. However, can you imagine your client’s reactions when you’re trying to sound all serious in your email and yet, the email is everything but that?
The best way to look professional over an email when communicating with clients is to create one with only your name and surname – that’s it. That’s all you need. Remember, building a freelance life is all about building a reputation, and your email plays a huge part in it.
2. Don’t Go Where Everyone Goes
Has this happened to you - you say that you’re a freelancer and people immediately assume that you’re working on Upwork or Fiverr? It’s quite common as these platforms have become the standard for the freelance world.
Unfortunately, these platforms are sometimes the reason why most freelancers give up on their idea to build their brand. They are oversaturated with talents from all over the world. The competition is fearless and you’ll have trouble standing out from the crowd.
What we suggest is for you to do your research on other platforms that are not as popular as these ones, but the quality of work is greater and bigger. Our Marketplace Brybe is one such platform. We have more than 100K users, which, compared to other platforms, is a relatively small number. But that’s also the main reason why we’re focused on quality. Our freelancers have collaborated with brands like Adidas, Adobe, Pantene, Jeep, and many more. It’s super easy to set up your profile and start applying for jobs, so don’t miss out on starting your freelance career right here.
Remember, don’t go where everyone else goes.
3. You’re Not Patient With Yourself
Remember that quote from Jordan?
Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day either. One of the hardest things to accept when becoming a freelancer is that freelancing will put a light on other aspects of your personality, some of which you may not like at all. Patience may be one of them. It’s one of the hardest things to achieve and yet, you have to master it if you want to become a good freelancer.
You sent your proposal and got rejected? No biggie, you’ll do better next time.
You received an offer, but you’re not as excited as you thought because of lower price rates? Nothing to love your head over, negotiation is a skill, you’ll learn as you go.
Practice patience, and don’t be so hard on yourself, you’ll get there.
4. Avoiding Clarification Of Your Scope Of Work
Well, we’ve all been there.
You know the drill - it starts with a few, specified clear tasks, and somehow, you end up working additional tasks while your rates remain the same.
If you’re a beginner, insist on getting a clear definition of your work and your tasks. If there are any changes, don’t be afraid to acknowledge them and ask for equal compensation.
Your tasks should be written in your contract, which you should carefully read before signing.
Also, most beginners avoid other things as well.
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Negotiate
It’s kind of tough for beginners to negotiate when most of them are just trying to close a deal, any deal.
However, that doesn’t mean that you should just accept what they give to you.
Do your research on how much your job is paid internationally. This way, even if you choose not to negotiate, you’ll be able to discover whether your client values your job the right way or not. You should also put a price on your services beforehand and see whether your client will be able to accept them.
6. Saying No Until You Find Your Dream Job
This is up for discussion, as most experienced freelancers will tell you that you shouldn’t accept any job just because your rent is long overdue.
First thing, if your rent is long overdue and you’re risking becoming homeless, any freelance job is better than no job.
But far more important is the second point – when you’re a beginner, every job is an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to learn, to grow, to meet new people, and build lasting connections. Most importantly, much of your future work will come from satisfied clients, so collaborating with clients from different niches may turn out to be quite good for your portfolio.
You’ll also learn what you don’t like - you may dislike working in that specific niche or working for someone with a specific management style. Whatever the reason may be, for a beginner it’s the experience that counts, not the money.
These are some of the most common mistakes most new freelancers make. Don’t beat yourself up if you recognize one or two that you make yourself. It’s a process and you’ll learn as you go.
Plus, it always helps to have a guide like the one we at Brybe.com offer - we’re here for our freelancers, so don’t quit on your freelance dream!