You don’t want to limit yourself as a business owner. You got into the freelance world because you like to play by your own rules and don’t want to conform to anyone else’s standards. It’s part of your passion to make your own way.
So I’ve got big news. I’ve made it to the big league.
Pop quiz, hotshot! If someone were to come up to you today and ask you very specific details about your freelance business, do you think you could hand them over? Do you have a real grasp on the details of your company or are you flying by the seat of your pants?
You like to think your business is pitch perfect – after all, who wants to think that the mighty ship they’re steering has a few leaks in it? You need to believe that the job you’re doing is the best you can possibly do, or you’ll start to doubt yourself.
I’ve been stiffed by exactly three clients in my five years of freelancing, but the sad thing is that I probably could have avoided all three incidences if I’d listened to my instincts. Before you’re tempted to do what I did and let a client walk away with the money they owe you, look for these warning signs.
It seems like there is one thing all creative people have in common: that nagging feeling of self-loathing and doubt. I’m sure you’ve felt it. You send out a finished project to a client and wait to get a reply email with a raving review. . . only to get radio silence.