The 5 Worst Mistakes Made by Freelancers, and How to Avoid Them

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The 5 Worst Mistakes Made by Freelancers, and How to Avoid Them

Postby N.Nicholas » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:50 am

"It was Albert Einstein who once said that “a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Of course, we can’t learn new things without taking a risk and sometimes we make mistakes in the process. But, if you make the same mistake twice, it will cost you."

Here are some of the mistakes that you should avoid at all times, in order to become an excellent freelancer.

1) Accepting More Than You Can Handle
You will lose more than you accept. The point is that it’s important you pace yourself when accepting new jobs. I know you have to pay your rent, but try not to be too greedy and think about your career in long-term.

2) Working For Free
Not all clients are honest and trustworthy, some are looking to manipulate you into getting what they want and never pay you for it. Always ask your clients to deposit a certain percentage of your full payment before starting work. If you’re using a freelancing platform, have the client break down the project into small goals so that you get paid each time you deliver a piece of the project.

3) Not Knowing How to Price Your Services
Charging low rates is a mistake that almost all freelancers make on sites like Upwork and These sites are made to lower your standards and force you to work cheaper. But, if you’re confident about your capabilities and experience, you should fight for your place and charge your clients reasonably.

4) Assuming You Know Everything
The technology is evolving faster than a blink of an eye. And you need to evolve with it to be more competitive and a more relevant freelancer in your industry.

5) No ‘Rainy Day’ Fund
Freelancing has ups and downs. One month you’ll earn $5,000 and $100 in the next. You can never be sure of what to expect in this field. So, make sure you have a rainy day fund to cover your costs during those harsh times.


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