As a freelancer, the temptation is to be everything to every client, because you’re so focused on making the sale and keeping a roof over your head. The problem with that? You become the jack of all trades and the master of none. The solution: be yourself and charge more.
To start off, I didn’t do any tracking, which was stupid. I guestimated, even when it was clear that I was way below the mark. After one too many months of living on the breadline, I came to my senses. Or rather, my poverty levels slapped some sense into my poverty-addled brain.
As a freelancer, you know that communicating with your clients is critical to your project’s success. After all, you want to be reassured that you’re both on the same page. If you don’t want to be caught in a vicious cycle of email chains, trails and a groaning inbox, the best thing to do is to use project management (PM) tools. In today’s post, we review the best FREE ones for freelancers (your low blood pressure can thank us later :))
I spun so many wheels I made myself dizzy. I worked long, interminable hours, seven days a week and rushed from one deadline to the next with nary a breath in between. I knew that one day it would all come crashing down, but I just didn’t know what to do. Then, things started getting messy. Seriously messy.
You don’t even know what happened, or why it’s happened. Only that your project has suddenly taken a turn and the client who couldn’t praise your ‘professionalism’ enough is now calling you unprintable words and you both wish each other dead.