If you are wondering how to get freelance work without experience, you are probably a victim of that no-experience-no-job conundrum where clients don’t award to you projects because you lack freelance experience but you cannot obtain any freelance experience unless a client awards you their project. To make it even more complicated, I’ll tell you that the posed question is a tricky one because the answer might be different, depending on what you really mean.
A reader once asked me if she should bill the time she spends talking via Skype and writing emails to clients. Here’s part of her email:
“Should I bill time for Skype calls and writing emails to my clients when hired on an hourly basis? I have a project with only 8 hours monthly workload but this client holds me on Skype twice per month for at least 1 hour per session. Should I bill her for it?
The same question applies to email writing – should I bill her for that, too? I don’t charge for it but I want to know what the best practice is in such cases so that I take it in consideration when negotiating future projects with prospective clients.”
If the title misled you, no – this is not a post about a freelance driving style of sorts. There’s no such thing as freelance driving; not that I am aware of any way! Today I’ll show you how consistency helps you to succeed as a freelancer; just like it does to become a good driver.
In the beginning it is hard and scary.
Many people say oDesk and Elance (or all popular freelance job boards, for that matter) are a waste of time. They base their claim on their understanding that everyone is competing on price there and if you are on those sites, you are doomed to either fail or work for pennies.
It’s true that there are many freelancers with poor or no skills who are driving the market prices down. It’s also true that there are plenty of bad clients who are looking for nothing else but cheap labor. And then we have you, the little genius with excellent skills and high prices, who is wondering whether to waste their time on oDesk and Elance. Wonder no more – there are lots of good clients who are worth your time and efforts on both sites.
Think about it this way …
Let’s talk about the big picture of time management. Did you set your SMART goals for 2015 yet? Do you already use a tool to manage your time on a daily and weekly basis? Congratulations, if you do – my work is done then! (Just kidding, read on!)
Many people do set goals and do use time management programs like Google calendar and still fail to make significant progress throughout the year. You know why?