5 Lessons I Learnt From 2 Years of Freelancing

When I look back to my first post on this site 2 years ago, I think to myself, “Wow, I didn’t realize how scared I was back then.” Of course, the beginning of something new is always scary, no one starts out knowing everything.

There is no certainty, only adventure!

The great thing about freelancing is a delicate balance of certainty and uncertainty. Like, I am now confident enough to know that I am able to pay my bills off every month without any worries. But at the same time, I thrive on the uncertainty of the next upcoming project that may or may not turn out great. There’s always that risk of getting the short end of the stick when dealing with ‘certain’ clients. But the freelancing life is an adventure, if you’re willing to take on the good and bad times as they come.

>> Read also: What no one tells you about freelancing <<

I have to say that I am blessed with great clients and fun projects for the first half of 2018. I cannot be any more grateful for the projects that contribute to my portfolio, and make my freelancing life so much more rewarding than I thought possible.

What have I learnt from over 2 years of freelancing?

  1. Never underestimate yourself. Things may not happen immediately, but if you are confident in the work you can do and your skills, then you have nothing to fear. Great things will happen, and it is only a matter of time.
  2. Always have at least one stable client. Being on a company’s retainer could mean giving them first priority and putting their tasks before others – but it is a small price to pay for the stability they give you from month-to-month. This would allow you more time to work on other projects you enjoy.
  3. Manage your timeline well. Also remember to manage your client’s time and expectations within your own capability – never overpromise. Learn how to draft a proper timeline, and do ensure they do not overlap too close to one another’s deadline.
  4. Always know when to say no. I spoke about it extensively before – but don’t take on every project that comes your way for the sake of money. Somethings are just not worth your time, and your sanity.
  5. Despite how well you’re doing, always SAVE. In life we learn to always save our work on the computer, save our time by taking the fastest route – so what I mean is, save all of the above but most importantly, save your money. Just because you’re doing well, does not give you a reason to splurge all the time. Rainy days do come in the freelancing world, so save.

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