You just got your first freelancing job. You’re excited because you’ll be able to put into practice all that education and a pay check will be waiting for you at the end. However, this raises a vital question: Now what?
Write The Quote
Do this first. This simple document will explain what you’ll be doing, how much it’s going to cost and when it’ll be done. It’s also a good idea to explain how the process goes. This is where you explain how many revisions the client will receive, the cost of printing, and other steps of the process. If you don’t know what your process is, that’s quite alright. Remember, this is your first freelancing job.
Commit to a Reasonable Deadline
Committing to a humanly impossible deadline is one of the worst things you can do. There are two important reasons. First, the quality of your work will be horrible. Second, you’ll burn yourself out. Don’t feel intimidated, give yourself a reasonable amount of time to complete the job. When you do this, not only will your work be of great quality, but you’ll also be building your reputation as a reliable freelancer.
Freelance Folder has a great post about asking the right questions. Questions are invaluable to doing your job right. However, don’t annoy your clients with unnecessary questions. Write down what you’d like to ask beforehand and read the aforementioned article.
Send a Thank You Card
This is a great business practice. Thank them for their business. Tell them that it was a pleasure working with them. Stroke their ego. They’ll come back for more.
Do you remember your first freelancing job? What did you do? Anything to add?