Let’s Use the Positives to Develop

As a newbie freelancer, you usually try to find as many jobs as possible. This helps you get out there, show what you know and earn some money. As you get better at what you do, your earnings will become higher. Sometimes you even have the freedom to choose which kind of work you want to do. At this point, you usually have to choose whether to go for the money or work on something inspiring. Of course, both can happen at the same time, but there’s some kind of a trade-off in most cases.

What I like About Freelancing

It’s almost certain that you will work on many projects at the same time during your freelance career. For me, this is one of the most interesting things about being a freelancer. The reason why 9 to 5 jobs can be less inspiring is the boredom. Either that or you have the feeling of doing the same thing over and over again. The freedom of not having my work hours set in stone has given me the freedom to develop in many ways. Be careful though, not everyone considers this to be a good thing.

You Can Learn Something From Every Project You are Working on

A recent situation made me give myself the challenge to learn something from every project I work on.  As we all know, people communicate in different ways. So here’s what I learned when two of my clients asked for the same feature in a timeframe of a few hours.

I was doing a template modification and developing a WordPress template from scratch. Two projects were of similar complexity, budget and not too urgent. The feature in question was the implementation of social media sharing buttons.

Here’s how my clients communicated, and what made me become more dedicated to one of them:

Client A: I’ve realized we don’t have social media sharing buttons.

Client B: Do you think we should have social media sharing buttons on the blog?

It’s pretty obvious who won in this situation. I liked how polite the Client B was. This positive tone is something I appreciate in business communication. There’s nothing wrong with what Client A wrote, but if you pile up a few things “we don’t have” you paint a different picture.

Most of my client communication goes through email and collaboration tools. Implementing this tweaks to my messages made a lot of difference. Setting the positive tone is very important.

You should definitely read your message one more time before sending it. Even the tiny details can have an impact and bring different results in the end. You should be positive and polite because this will make the client feel your goals align.

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