Freelancing or “setting up your own business” is never easy. Whoever told you that has either been very lucky with their freelancing career or hasn’t dealt with its hardships, yet!
If you’re just about to start your freelancing career or have been involved the last few months earning only negligible income, it is time to review the factors which pushed you towards freelancing in the first place.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
You’re about to be disappointed reading these freelancing lies.
7 Freelancing Lies You Wish You Were Never Told & Believed
Here are the 7 freelancing lies:
Lie 1 – There are no deadlines.
Puff! There are deadlines, always. What were you thinking?
You cannot build any kind of career, online or offline, in any industry if you don’t adhere to deadlines.
The only difference, in the freelancing world, is that you can negotiate the deadlines. In a conventional job, there are no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ to a deadline. It is non-negotiable.
But, in freelancing, you get to negotiate a deadline. Still, you have to make commit a completion time to any assignment.
Fact – There is no escaping deadlines.
So, if you just want to laze around, make no commitments and try hurrying up projects at the nick of time, perhaps you deserve the pennies you’re earning now.
Lie 2 – You get to work in your own time.
Accept it, humans are a bunch of lazy animals who will, if the opportunity arises, love to idle away time and not give any kind of work a second thought!
Yes, as a freelancer you get to choose your own time but it is easier said than done. You need to keep a time schedule, especially when you’ve a family to manage.
Fact – You cannot be a freelancer without discipline.
Create a practical schedule and follow it closely.
Lie 3 – There will be service buyers lining your door.
Uh oh! I wish you never believed this.
With online work opportunities increasing rapidly, it is creating more problems for freelancers. How?
Like too many cooks spoil the broth, too many options are spoiling the trade. In the early 2000, online freelancers were just coming into the scene and there were many takers. Then, freelancers knew where to promote, how to promote and grab awesome assignments. In other words, freelancers literally had service buyers lining the door.
Now, what’s happening is that freelancing opportunities are ample but it is increasingly difficult for new freelancers to mark their presence.
In short, there are no takers for their services. As a result, some wind up their business and the rest settle with “something is better than nothing” attitude.
Fact – You’ve to work really hard to get service buyers.
Still here with me? Good. Keep reading.
Lie 4 – It is enough to have freelancing skills.
No, it is never enough. If you’re a freelance writer, you need more than just writing skills. If you’re a freelance web developer, you need more than just coding skills.
A freelancer has to be a multi-tasking agent.
Apart from the main freelancing work, you have to be hands-on in communicating with clients, promoting your work, networking with people involved in the same community and a lot of other stuff.
Fact – You can’t survive freelancing work with just a set of core skills.
Lie 5 – All clients will play fair.
Ah ha! This is a myth I like to bust.
All clients will not play fair. You will come across some various types of clients. Most of the time projects hang in a limbo when the client delays payments or is suddenly ‘unavailable’.
Of course, to be fair to clients, the freelancer also needs to be ‘fair’ with the client.
Nonetheless, more than not, you’ll definitely come across service buyers who haggle with payments, are uncommunicative, doesn’t know what he/she wants or just plainly expects you to fall at his/her feet because of the work you’re getting!
You have to deal with every kind of client the best you can but avoid being abusive.
Fact – Not all clients will play fair. Be prepared.
Lie 6 – There is no investment.
Any business needs investment. Why not freelancing?
Okay, not in terms of a brick and mortar building or hiring employees but there are other unavoidable costs like a speedy internet connection, a good computer, printer, software memberships (if you’re into programming and development) and any other product or service that will enhance your freelancing services.
Most importantly, you’ll be investing your time. Freelancing is a not a “work 2-hours daily and earn $$$$” method.
Fact – Invest time now. Reap benefits later.
Lie 7 – You’re wasting your time.
This is one lie I wish non-freelancers stop spreading.
Just tell your family and friends that you freelance and they will make this pathetic face whose meaning is “you poor soul, you haven’t managed to get a job and now you’re freelancing to pay bills. I pity you”.
Don’t let such thoughts disturb you and rob you off your confidence level. Sadly, such remarks often come from those whom you expect to support you. Just because you are not in a conventional job doesn’t mean you’re worthless.
If you are good in your work, freelancing will make you more money than most of the conventional jobs.
In fact, did you know, many conventional job holders see freelancing as a very good second source of income? I guess they are too wrapped up in societal standards to acknowledge it publicly.
Fact – Let not anyone deter you. Every minute counts.
The last point should really bolster your confidence.
If you’ve chosen freelancing, go into it with your eyes wide open.
Don’t believe in these freelancing lies. Am I not right?