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5 Important Myths About Freelancing

Most web designers go freelance because they think it’s much easier and money are coming with big trucks.  This is a wild misconception and things are not actually like that. Most times, a freelancer most work way more and most be very time efficient.

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It’s very good to become one, at some point in your career,but to be a pro one there a few things you need to get straight.

1) YOU SET YOUR OWN SCHEDULE

Hundreds of articles on the web say that you set your own schedule. Clients will contact you whenever they need your services, so you must make yourself some sort of schedule.

Also an important fact is that you must decide how many hours you will work per day and which days you will do the job. It’s very important to have a strict schedule and to maintain it.

2) YOU HAVE TOTAL FREEDOM

You have total freedom to pick any project and to work whenever you want but if don’t know how to limit this freedom, you will end mixing work and free time in a bad way.

3) YOU WORK WHENEVER YOU WANT TO

You must complete your projects in time, so most times you will work continuu, especially if we consider that a freelancer has many many projects accepted.

4) YOU’LL WORK LESS

From my personal experience, you’ll be working late a lot to meet deadlines. Most times you will also be working nights and weekends. Freelancing it’s like owning your business, so you will be the one working more.

5) WORKING FROM HOME IS LIKE WORKING IN PARADISE

It’s not really like that because it’s very hard to pass the barrier of the home comfort and ignore many things. You must enter in a “working phase”.

When you are working from home, as a freelancer, there is nobody to tell you that you must do that or that. You must prioritize the projects and your work.

CONCLUSION

Freelancing can be very rewarding but you will have to respect many rules. As I said, it’s like having a business. You will work a lot to win projects and to increase your earnings.

It can be difficult to start, but if you hang in there, you will develop your own system, by which you can improve your schedule, income and productivity.

 

Alexandru

Alexandru is the co-owner of TopDesignMag. “If it looks easy, it's hard. If it looks hard, it's impossible. If it looks impossible, it's due tomorrow. At 8 A.M.”

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