Freelancer Friday Newsletter #4
...stop these bad habits
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Bad habits every Freelancer must know and STOP!!!
Working on your own can be a wonderful experience. The freedom of setting up shop whenever and wherever you like is a big reason why many web designers choose the freelance life. You just don’t get the same experience while working for someone else.
But this lifestyle can also result in some negatives. While it’s nice to not have a boss looking over your shoulder all day long, that freedom you cherish can be misused. If you’re not careful, you may just form some bad habits that can hurt you both personally and professionally.
3 Major Habits to Stop
Habit #1 - Being Unresponsive to Clients
This is one of the most self-destructive things a freelance designer can do to their business. I’ve seen it time and again. Clients get tired of trying to get a response from their designer and look to make a change.
It becomes a real problem when you’re consistently making clients wait 24 hours or more during the business week for any kind of a response.
Habit #2 - Cutting Corners to Save Time
There are times when you may find yourself being incredibly busy. Times when you sit at your desk for hours straight without so much as stretching your legs. And, if you’re the type that gets highly-stressed in these situations, you may start to forget the little details in your work.
The really frustrating part of this is that, in an effort to get things done and please everyone, you end up making more work for yourself when any mistakes are uncovered. Even more unnerving is that sometimes those errors may not turn up for months but when they do, eventually the whole world comes crashing down.
Habit #3 - Surrounding Yourself with Distractions
Another perk of freelancing is the ability to setup your very own personalized work environment. While it’s certainly nice to have things just the way you want them, you have to be careful not to go too far.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap having the TV blaring next to you or listening to a sporting event while at work. While that may work for some, it can serve has a huge distraction for others. Our line of work in particular requires a good bit of brainpower. Anything that takes away from that can be detrimental to getting things done.
During your freelance journey, any one of the bad habits above can strike. But that’s no reason to panic. We all go through periods of time where we don’t handle things in the most ideal way. The key is in using those times as a learning experience.
There will always be ups and downs. But the best designers out there keep working to get a little better each day – and as an added bonus, in our next edition of Black Freelancer digest, we'll be sure to give you tips on how to avoid or correct these habits to better set you up on your journey so until then and beyond, keep grinding and we'll see you at the top
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