You don’t have to say yes to every opportunity.

Being a freelancer isn’t just about the money. It’s also about making sure that the work you do and people you work with are aligned with you and your values. If the freelance work you’re doing doesn’t excite you – then you can’t give your very best energy to it. Both you and your client deserve the project to be met with joy and ease.

Don’t give free advice.

Getting a new client is exciting every single time. I book a quick consult before any commitment to see if we are a right fit for each other. 

One of the very first calls I did ended up being 45 minutes long (instead of 15!)  – where I gave TONS of value and advice. They felt sure that this what right for them and I was looking forward to our work together… but I never heard from them again! I learned then the value of my time – and accepted the fact that freebie hunters are not worth my time.

You don’t need much to get started.

All I needed was Stripe and the tech tools to deliver my work – that’s it. No fancy website. How you acquire your clients is a different ball-game. Referrals is powerful for me.

It’s okay if you can’t do everything.

I specialise in graphic design and web work. When I was asked to build an e-commerce site, I knew this wasn’t something that I could create to be WORLD CLASS. Sure – it would be fine. But I’d rather my work be amazing than just okay. It’s fine that I can’t do everything – because my zone of genius will attar the right jobs that light me up.

Don’t commit to deadlines that aren’t realistic.

As a fellow people pleaser – it can be so easy to tell a client that you’ll have a task done by the end of week (even when you know that it will be a huge stretch). Be honest with your client about your ACTUAL turnaround – and you’ll build a great relationship with them. Having realistic deadlines will make this entire process much more joyful.

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