Many freelancers face the same doubts and fears when they start. However, with the proper tools, most of these fears can be overcome.
Here is a list of some of the most common concerns that arise at the prospect of independent work, and how you can overcome them to evolve into a work paradigm that is more functional, versatile and advantageous for everyone.
1. Projects that don’t go anywhere
Freelancers start working on “ghost” projects that at first seem promising, but they either run out of fuel halfway or the client doesn’t end the job on a good note.
The problem is that you have already invested a lot of time and energy into these projects.
However, having some freelance projects that aren’t feasible doesn’t mean that this happens all the time or that it’s impossible to find and identify many opportunities that will come through.
The true cause of this fear isn’t that freelance work is less safe. It’s that the channels through which the agreement was made, are not formal.
Fortunately, there are digital platforms that focus precisely on protecting you and your work.
Did you know that in Workana, customers open about a thousand projects per day?
In a single place, you can find a wide range of possibilities for you to select the projects that interest you the most and best suit your professional profile. All you have to invest in, is the time it takes to send a super proposal.
If the project doesn’t materialise or you aren’t selected, nothing happens!
If the client chooses you however, you are assured that your work is safely supported thanks to Workana’s warranty payment system.
2. No payment (or it takes years)
How do you ensure you get paid on time and as agreed? How can you protect yourself in case the client decides to simply “vanish” once you send them the final project file?
This isn’t an irrational fear. Unfortunately, it’s something that happens frequently in the world of freelancing, and this is because many of the deals are made only based on the word and goodwill of those involved, with no contracts or clauses requiring both parties to comply with the agreement.
Working this way isn’t smart because you face several risks, such as having to spend a lot of time and peace of mind running after payments or getting only a partial payment.
Your best bet is a system of escrow or payment guarantee like Workana’s – the client must deposit the amount agreed for the job before you start to work on the project, and once you turn in your work the funds are released to your account.
In this way, everyone involved is protected.
3. Demand many last minute changes
Freelancers engaged in any field related to creative work, such as design, writing, marketing, and others are subject to changes.
It’s one thing to make modifications or improvements in accordance with the briefing, and quite another, for the same price, for something completely different (and often more complex) from what was asked at first.
How do you prevent this? Very simple.
Make use of a platform that endorses all agreements made on it, such as Workana, and be very specific in your proposal about what the final delivered product is and what changes or modifications are within the scope of the project.
If you work like this and some disagreement arises, you have both the evidence and mediation of Workana’s experts on your side.
4. Uncertainty of work
Just as freelance work has many advantages, it’s also true that it generally lacks some of the classic benefits of working for a company.
The two most scary are sacrificing a fixed monthly salary, and benefits such as social security.
It’s perfectly normal to be scared of giving up the security of a paycheck, but also consider that the freelance lifestyle allows you to greatly expand your horizons and substantially increase the income you can get for your work.
Regarding social benefits, the reality is that, it’s always something you pay out of your own pocket (at least in part) even if you’re working for a company. The only difference is that it’s recorded as deductions, which is something you don’t pay much attention to.
If you are careful about getting a strong customer base and always give your best in every project, Workana can assure you that your income, although variable, is enough to keep you comfortable with the many types of private insurance choices available.
5: Difficult clients
Don’t let difficult or demanding clients scare or discourage you, as there are very effective ways to avoid them and – if push comes to shove – deal with them without losing your patience and style.
When you work through the Workana platform, you protect yourself in case something goes wrong with your client, because it’s not all about the guaranteed payment.
If the other party commits any infraction or violation of the agreement or becomes too imposing and nasty, you can always turn to Workana to support you based on evidence.
Also, Workana’s grading system allows you to review the experience of other freelancers with a prospective client, and how many stars they have overall.
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