Becoming a freelancer is exciting, challenging, stimulating and so much more. This week I asked myself and 5 other experienced freelancers a question.
If you could go back in time to when you started freelancing and give yourself a piece of advice what would it be?
Start Today. I’d tell myself to do it(freelance) sooner. Stop waiting around for something to happen and just do it. Don’t wait until after lunch, don’t wait until tomorrrow. Do it now. Every day I wasted back then feels like it sets me back a week now. Just. Do. It. –Skippy, Fashion Photographer
Don’t undervalue yourself. Sometimes you won’t have enough work and you’ll lower your prices out of fear. Don’t. Do. It. If you do, you’ll get yourself in to a cycle of charging less and that really sucks. Charge what you’re worth and stick to it. People are hiring you because they don’t know how to do the thing that you’re good at! —Ashok, App Developer
Spend the money up front to have a lawyer review your entity selection documents and your contract. I put this off and when I finally did it found out that I had been signing my contract incorrectly and putting my personal savings at risk (rather than the business’s money). It was far less expensive than I thought it would be and only took the lawyer an hour. —Kate, Medical Illustrator
Take the time to work ON your business. I wish I had spent more time getting the nuts and bolts together before I starting taking clients. Do things like setting up a separate bank account, getting your website up if you need one and filling out forms and paperwork for the State and taxes and whatnot. It would have saved me so much time down the road. —Julie, Writer
I would have called myself a Writer a LONG time ago. If you are writing, you are a Writer. Also, don’t work for free. Ever. You’re screwing the rest of us and devaluing our industry. —Heidi, Writer
Write everything down. Since what I sell is my experience in actually starting and running my business, I wish I had written everything down. It would be so easy for me to look back at that documentation and create even more products and services than I have time to now. Write it down. —Angel, Author Coworking ebooks
Do you freelance? What advice would you go back and give yourself?