Being a freelancer or working self-employed is much more common now than it was before. More people are turning to be part of the gig economy and we can all understand the reasons. It is commonly because of the amount of freedom and autonomy it gives them unlike working for a company and being a regular 9 to 5 employee. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being a regular employee as both job set-up have its fair share of pros and cons. Going back, as many people are being inclined to the freelancing side of the labour force, they are still expected to perform their tasks and responsibilities professionally. Not having a boss to warn and keep an eye on them in their workplace is not an excuse to be complacent and disregard their working contracts.
Here are some ways on how to be a professional freelancer that may boost your rating and grow your referrals:
- Always Update – being a freelancer could mean working to a deadline. Since your client could not monitor you working on their request physically, you might as well give them an update or status of the project you are assigned too. You can submit drafts that include watermarks so you can ask for their suggestion or concern about your progress, whilst keeping ownership of your work.
- Respond appropriately – even if your client is not a boss, still they are your customer. They are entitled to receive good service. Be courteous and respectful in communicating with them. If there are disagreements, make sure you avoid being too emotional and always respond in a good manner.
- Be Accountable – if a project is done, do not just instantly cut communication. There are some instances where your client would ask for an edit which can be a disturbance but instead of ignoring them and acting like your relationship to them ended after the contract, try to be accountable. Respond and determine if their request does or does not fall under the limitations of the contract
- Be Proud – be proud of your work, it is your work, and you might want to show it off to others. Go the extra mile, do the little extras that you know need doing, so that you can use it as evidence for future gigs.