Fears of aspiring freelancers
Novice freelancers (and not only) experience a lot of different kinds of fears and concerns. They can be understood, because freelancing is an unpredictable, unstable environment, and does not provide guarantees. The easiest way to get rid of all these fears is to go through them. Losing money for an order, failing an order on time, and so on. However, not everyone can do this. For some, these situations will even prevent them from switching to freelancing in full. They will be disappointed and go back to the office.
And what exactly scares most newbies? The first is the fear of the unknown.
Fear of the unknown
A freelancer enters, for example, a freelance exchange. He sees orders there … cool and not so great. He understands that the cool ones are beyond his control, and not the cool ones – they are packed with applications from other “players” of the exchange who have been in the field for a long time. Many beginners choose the less risky path, because in this case there is too little chance of success. They understand that the office has a stable salary (maybe less than freelancing, but still). And then you can’t really get an order, it’s very stressful. Is it worth it?
I’ll tell you from my own experience. I myself came to freelance through the exchange, I was also afraid and did not think at all that it was worth it. But I received my order on the second day. Yes, it was almost free, but nonetheless. He was followed by another, then another and another order. And so, gradually, I got to the TOP-15 layout designers of my exchange, and I continue to go forward. Of course, besides just taking orders, there is still a lot to do. But that’s a topic for another article 🙂
Fear of not fulfilling an order
Suppose that you have no fear of the new and the unknown, you have decided that it is time to take the order. But here another fear comes into play – the fear of letting the customer down. That is, to disrupt the deadlines, for example.
Again, from experience I can say that filling an order is not a problem. Yes, this will probably anger the customer, you will return the money (if you took an advance payment), but in general, you will go away and that’s it. Thank God, I have not had such situations, but I have met them in others. How not to make such mistakes and, as a result, not be afraid to take an order and fulfill it? Pretty simple.
I’ll tell you about the layout example. Let’s say you want to know exactly how long it will take you to make up a 6-screen landing page. Take any layout on the Internet, set a stopwatch and go. You note everything separately, and then add up and get the result. Let’s say it’s day. You go to the stock exchange, you see a similar order, and you can already firmly be sure of the deadline for completing the work. But there is a caveat: you need to indicate the period with a margin. + 1-2 days. This is necessary to avoid force majeure situations, such as, for example, not knowing the layout of some element, and so on. Yes, it can be a common family problem that will prevent you from working.
Fear of charging a high price
This is a truly common fear among aspiring freelancers. If in a project on the exchange you need to enter the price for your services yourself, this can become a really big problem, up to refusal to leave a request for an order. Here it can be as banal “I have little experience, I cannot charge 3000 for this site”, or “if I assign 3000, the customer will not choose me, because there is definitely some other freelancer who will offer 2500”. How to overcome this fear? There is an option – to use man-hours. That is, set a price for yourself per hour of work (for example, $ 5), and multiply your hours of work by this rate. Do you already know from the previous paragraph how much time you will spend on a landing page with 6 screens? 🙂 And remember, if your skill is really cool, and your portfolio shows you a real pro, the customer will agree to your terms, even if there was an application from a less experienced and cheaper freelancer nearby.
Fear of “throwing”, or fear of being deceived
A very common phenomenon is the fear of being deceived, that is, placing an order, giving it to the customer and not receiving anything. The customer simply disappears, and the message is lost. What to do about it? Of course, there are precautions for this.
You need to work on a prepaid basis. Here I, on my own experience, was convinced of this. There was a case when a customer asked for a website. I made it without taking an advance payment, wrote to the customer (thank God that the site was on my hosting), but in response – silence. In my opinion, he still has not visited the site 🙂 Yes, in fact, he received nothing from me, and I from him. But I did the job thinking that I would be paid for it. A simple example, but I no longer work without prepayment. Only with verified customers (it is easy to see them on the exchange by reviews and ratings). If the customer is not from the exchange, this is ONLY an advance payment. If the customer does not want to work on a prepaid basis, the easiest way is not to take the order. Save on nerves)
Fear of communication with the customer
Yes, there is such a thing too. Not only that fearful people usually write in their applications: “Hello, I am ready to fulfill the order” (which, of course, is strictly prohibited), but also in the process of discussing the order there is always some kind of fear. For example, fear of expressing your point of view. Why not actually express it? If you are more savvy in creating a website than a customer, why not give him advice? If the advice is sound, there is a 90% chance that he will accept it. A plus for you as a professional, for a customer as an excellent solution for a project.
Friends, within the framework of one such article, of course, it is very difficult to describe the variety of fears of freelancers. It is also such things as the fear of saying “no”, the fear of losing stability, and much more. However, any fear can be dealt with if you work on yourself and firmly know where to go.