It's clear that Covid-19 pandemic has affected the economy negatively worldwide. But does this mean you should compromise with your regular rates and serve clients based on 'their' budget and not 'your' budget? Does this mean you should offer your freelance services for free? Many prospective clients new to the 'Freelance economy' will use this season of pandemic to get the most from unsuspecting freelancers for less or even free.
After a complete video review of close to 15 Premium VPN's with the leading having 10 Million+ users and others averaging at 1 Million+ users, the question that I have always asked myself during the review process is; do I really need a VPN as a Freelancer living in Africa on a day to day basis?
It doesn't matter if you have been freelancing for a long time or short time, contract disputes are unpredictable and can come knocking at your door anytime. That is why you should be vigilant from the time a client contacts you. This is only where you can see a problem from a distance.
If you were in the middle of something and you receive a message from a new prospective client; and upon checking, you realize that the client is a fortune 500 company; what will you do? Well, in this, reactions will vary depending on your experience in the freelancing business. A common reaction will be excitement.
It will matter a lot where or the platform you use to share your feelings/advice. Before you start sharing, here are questions you should ask yourself; Is what I am sharing truly helpful to the person reading it? Is social media a good platform to share the information? What do I expect to gain from it? is it fame, appreciation e.t.c
When it comes to user rights, not every freelancer know much about them leave alone charging clients for the same. It's ok to use 'creative user rights' as a marketing tool when you are a newbie in the Freelance marketplace. I mean, you can get people buying from you if you are giving them 'rights' to use your work as a discount.
Overnight successes don't last so you should avoid at all cost the temptations to fall into it.
This blog-post is written for people who are interested in building a long lasting reputation online. Before you read further, I am assuming that you have considered the following things before launching your business online.