10 Mistakes You Should Never Make As A Budding Freelancer

Freelancing: 10 Mistakes You Should Never Make

Freelancing is a sure way to make money online, and I have previously shared the trick that made me $25 writing in one night.
Whether you get your clients on Facebook, Fiverr, Upwork or any other sites, they are still clients. 
However, there are so many serious mistakes every freelancer MUST avoid. We have shared 7 of them on Information Guide Africa (you should check them out too 😊) and now, we're come to improve the list.
Westerners and others like Indians and a few Nigerians are currently making a full living from writing, why not give it a try? It's 98% wrong to keep on blaming the government for not creating jobs, while others are doing themselves.

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We are back again with another set of mistakes which you should avoid in your internet hustle, and I'm sure you're a victim of one or two...

1. Avoid leaving your customers unsatisfied
As business ethics have it, you should know that your customers are always correct. I know there are always problem clients, but find the best way to discharge them. Leaving them unsatisfied on a site like Fiverr can fetch you an immediate negative review?
Now what about social networks like Facebook that have no provisions for reviews? Let me share this story with you...
Late 2017, I got two Indian clients, Saeed and Rafiq. I got Rafiq first and after my first article for him, he was so happy with me and introduced me to his friend, Saeed. We worked for two to three months and then parted, but were still friends on Facebook. 
On April 5, 2018, Saeed got on his timeline to appreciate people he had recently worked with and my name was the 7th there. He had gotten a permanent writer and felt it necessary to thank those who satisfied him, and I was among. 
Mistakes You Should Never Make
When I saw the post, I was so happy. I knew it was really great to satisfy my customers, not knowing another gold mine was on the way. 
I came back that evening, logged in to my Facebook and there were about 19 friend requests, all Indians. They all needed content writers.
I also scrolled through the comment section and saw that more people actually needed my services, and I went further to message them.

Mistakes You Should Never Make
Well, to cut the whole story short, I landed another permanent client and have been supplying articles to him everyday since then.
Many were trying to price me too cheap, and many actually needed more than I could offer and I rejected.

2. Never deliver late to your clients
We're all humans and we need and love money, and we need them. However, it is very bad to deliver on time, it will be better you didn't accept the job at all. 
A negative review can do you more harm than you can imagine. Forget about all the tricks you use for Fiverr to get reviews, the main war begins when you get the real offer. 
I once stayed in a place where I had access to electricity only at night. I was getting offers and offers, but I didn't have the mind to reject because I needed money badly then. I couldn't deliver what I accepted, and at the end I couldn't still get the money.
The clients got the impression that I was good at late deliveries, but thank my goodness, I later corrected that. It might not be same for you.

3. Learn To Reject Offers
You will never enjoy freelancing until you learn that not all offers are meant for you. How can you be a jack of all trades and master of none? You're good in cryptocurrency, law, health and still a translator. It isn't good. A freelancer should be versatile, but if you aren't a translator, save yourself the embarrassment and don't accept related offers.

4. Never Be Too Cheap
It's easy to write an article for $2.00 right? But someone somewhere else is writing the same stuff for $10. If you get $100 from writing 50 articles, they make it writing only 10, which means you should have made neat $500 from those your 50 articles.
If you know your worth, then avoid being cheap, it kills people's careers.

5. Stop Asking Your Clients To Pay What They Can
I used to be like that until I observed it makes me look more desperate and eager to work, and like I'm begging. It's 100% unprofessional. Set your rates, allow negotiations and pricing especially for bulk work and discharge anyone who doesn't value you. Most people actually prefer patronizing expensive people.

6. Always Have Many Forms Of Payment
Any freelancer who doens't have a PayPal account will actually be loosing more money than he's making. If your country doesn't accept PayPal, then hire me to set up one for you, it's very essential!
I have a Payoneer account, a Skrill account and a PayZa account. It's not that I find it so interesting splitting my funds, but I have to do it to secure them.

7. Stop Failing To Communicate
Failing to communicate with a foreign client can make them forget your name, especially if you don't post much and there's no chance of his/ her remembering your name. You should also avoid excessive changing of your names as it can make you to be lost in the vast world of the web.

8. Stop Keeping Problem Clients
Some clients request for reviews and editions till you get bored of them. Craftily discharge those ones and move on with your business.

9. Always Accepting Offers
C’mon we have to be wise! How can you have five articles to work on and still accept the sixth? You’d end up piling the works and then submitting late, and the works wouldn’t be presentable. At the end you see yourself loosing clients.
Stick to a limit in articles and you’d make much money from few clients than having the whole world as clients.

10. Not Having A Copy Of My E-guide
Yeah! This is the last but not the least, it’s our tenth. Everyone who wants to succeed as a freelancer should do themselves a favor of grabbing our e-book, ACTUALIZING YOUR DREAMS AS A FREELANCER. It offers you over 100 websites that will pay you to write for them and also teach you the best way to manage your clients and get the best from them.
If you haven’t gotten a copy, then do that now by clicking here. It’s given out on a minimum amount of $0.99 but I trust you, you can still purchase it at any price via PayPal or credit card.
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